High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

The Wharton School

The Wharton School

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High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact is designed for those with at least 10 years of experience and whose fast-track career has involved consistently increasing levels of responsibility. Participants have an ultimate goal of reaching senior management.

About the course

You have the potential to be among your organization’s greatest assets — but capitalizing on your abilities requires new knowledge and skills. High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact provides you with both, building your leadership strengths and preparing you for greater challenges.

In this highly personalized program, you will work closely with Wharton’s leadership experts and other high potentials from around the world in a dynamic, interactive environment. Each day you will test new strategies and practical tools through hands-on experiences with instant feedback, and participate in integration sessions that connect program content to your real world issues. High-Potential Leaders will prepare you to return to your organization ready to make an immediate impact.

Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact, you will:

  • Strengthen emotional intelligence for greater influence, stronger relationships, and higher levels of productivity from your team
  • Apply learnings in real time to an actual business challenge of your choice
  • Master a framework for leading change more effectively
  • Improve negotiation skills and understand how communication style influences leadership outcomes
  • Gain valuable personalized feedback on your emotional intelligence, communication style, and organizational culture

Experience & Impact

During this five-day intensive program, you’ll learn how to uncover your individual leadership style and develop your strengths. You’ll work directly with world-renowned experts in leadership development and management, while exploring the essence of effective leadership. You’ll also have a unique opportunity to broaden your global perspective by working alongside high-potential peers from various countries, vertical industries, business disciplines, and cultural backgrounds.

High-Potential Leaders is a highly relevant experience that includes work on a current complex business challenge of your choice. Working with two other team members, you will apply each day’s learnings to your challenge and create potential new solutions. You will come away with fresh perspectives, a deeper immersion into the program content, and a plan for addressing your challenge when you return to work.

High-Potential Leaders will help you to:

  • Deliver sustainable results driven by strengthened leadership capabilities
  • Implement a comprehensive and highly effective framework for managing change
  • Build more effective and productive relationships based on intelligent use of your emotions
  • Create an individual action plan that commits to immediate and long-term change and growth

Skill Building: Raising Your EQ

A highlight of High-Potential Leaders is the Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment. This exercise begins with your pre-program input before the program and continues during the program with feedback and practical exercises to improve your level of emotional awareness of others’ behaviors. One exercise, originally developed for medical students at the Yale School of Medicine, takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Participating in this assessment will increase your awareness and understanding of non-verbal signals, and your ability to make appropriate judgments based on that information. Developing your emotional quotient (EQ) skills will lead to a greater understanding of first impressions and your own leadership presence.

Leading Change Simulation

Although the ability to lead and manage change is critical to organizational success and survival, most change initiatives fall short. It is not surprising, then, that change continues to frustrate leaders. To address this challenge, High-Potential Leaders includes an experiential change management simulation that has been used with Fortune 500 executives, U.S. military generals, and MBA students. Here you will have the opportunity to test your intuition, identify strengths, discover vulnerabilities, and master a framework for leading change more effectively.

Session topics include:

  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Culture
  • Strengthening Your Leadership
  • Leading Change
  • Critical Thinking
  • Negotiation
  • Managing in a Global World

Experts

Sigal Barsade

Education PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 1994; BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986 Recent Consulting Research and consulting involve the influence of emotions and emotional intelligence on work behavior, organizational culture and organizational cult...

Gregory Shea

An awardwinning teacher, consultant and author of numerous books on leadership and change, Greg’s expertise covers organizational and individual change, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. For over 30 years, he has consulted extensively with senior organizational leaders of companies fa...

Michael Useem

Education: PhD, Harvard University; MA, Harvard University; BS, University of Michigan. Academic Appointment: William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, 1997. Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, 1996. Recent Consulting: Numerous programs on leadership, decision m...

Mauro Guillén

Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a researchandteaching program on management and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of S...

Nancy Rothbard

Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is the David Pottruck Professor of Management and Chair, Management Department, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining the f...

Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow is the David M. Knott Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a CoDirector of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton. He studied Economics at Stanford University and earned an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University. He received a Ph...

Monica McGrath

Monica McGrath is the former vice dean of Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. Previously, she was also an adjunct assistant professor of management at Wharton where she taught courses in leadership, organizational behavior, teamwork, and negotiations. She has taught in both open en...

Ingrid Nembhard

Research Interests: Organizational behavior, organizational learning, teamwork and coordination, implementation, quality improvement About Ingrid: Ingrid M. Nembhard is the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School, University ...

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