Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Senior-level executives and general managers with at least seven years of management experience — from any industry, any size organization, and any functional area
  • High-potential executives and leaders who have recently ascended into powerful leadership roles

About the course

Hone your interpersonal skills and transition from being a good leader to a remarkable leader in six emotionally charged, academically rigorous days.

Immersive. Experiential. Insightful. Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives delivers a highly personalized learning experience with the ultimate goal of creating more productive professional relationships.

The program includes lectures from the Stanford faculty who pioneered and developed the course and “T-group” sessions in which small, intimate groups of 12 experience personalized facilitation from Stanford faculty and executive coaches.

Held on the Stanford campus, this program offers a unique environment where you can disconnect, talk openly, and reach beyond your comfort zone. With other senior executives in your T-groups, you’ll learn through experiential-based activities and improve your abilities to authentically engage, communicate, and influence.

It’s truly a unique opportunity to hone the essential soft skills needed to ascend the corporate ladder and transition from being a good leader to being a remarkable one.

Key Benefits

See how your individual behavior affects others in real time, practice leadership skills with peer feedback, and learn to connect across differences.

  • Assess and develop your personal style and behavior to engage with a wider range of constituents for more effective leadership.
  • Learn to give and receive constructive feedback to strengthen performance and relationships.
  • Engage in more productive interpersonal exchanges.
  • Develop greater self-awareness to become a more effective and authentic leader.
  • Learn practical skills to help improve your emotional intelligence.
  • Apply program learnings to your specific work situation, and commit to a set of concrete implementation goals.


How can you become a more authentic leader? How can you effectively raise your emotional and social IQ? And how can you experience what has been voted the most popular elective for 45 years running at Stanford Graduate School of Business?

Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives is the answer. For years, this program has been transforming the lives of senior-level executives, helping them to unlock their true leadership potential. Now it’s your turn — to confront, to challenge, to change.

Program Highlights

The Power of Inquiry and Feedback

One of the most powerful tools in developing potential in yourself and in your team is the effective use of feedback. In this session, faculty will help you strengthen your competency in giving and receiving regular, specific, and face-to-face feedback. Explore how feedback can be given in a way that is direct and impactful without harming relationships.

The Power of Influence

Influence is the key to getting things done in today’s organizations. Both the work environment and the work itself are becoming more complex and decentralized. Yet leaders still need to capture the right information and resources, gain cooperation, and implement solutions.

Increasingly, this involves having to influence peers not only within departments but also across business units and around the globe. This session will provide conceptual models, tools, and experiential activities to strengthen this critical leadership skill.

Interpersonal Influence, Vulnerability, and Authenticity

Every day, leaders make choices regarding interpersonal interactions that impact their ability to influence others.

This session will explore the interrelationships of vulnerability, authenticity, connection, and influence. It will examine the beliefs we hold, the choices we make with regard to what parts of ourselves we share in our interpersonal interactions, and how those choices can help us gain or lose influence with others.

Feelings and Emotions

Can you lead and inspire without feelings or emotions? Conveying passion requires emotion, but how can you best express it to achieve your goals? Feelings and emotions are essential to leadership, yet not enough attention is paid to their role in a leader’s professional success.

Thinking and feeling are like the bass and treble lines of a musical score. They are not the same, but when both are congruent, they provide dimensionality, texture, and meaning to make our communication more complete. This session explores the role that feelings play in our dealings with other people.


Brian Lowery

Research Statement Professor Lowery's research seeks to extend knowledge of individuals' experience of inequality and fairness. His work suggests that individuals distinguish between inequalities framed as advantage as opposed to disadvantage. This finding affects how individuals perceive inequal...

Leslie Chin

Leslie Chin has taught interpersonal dynamics and skills at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 12 years by facilitating small groups and coaching students as they practice new behaviors. In addition, she has been a T.A. or coach for half a dozen leadership and Executive Education course...

Yifat Sharabi Levine

Yifat Sharabi-Levine is an expert Organizational Consultant and Executive Coach She specializes in interpersonal dynamics, team and leadership development and designing experiential based programs to catalyze and enhance personal and professional growth. Yifat is known for her compassionate, focu...

Collins Dobbs

Collins is a Lecturer in Management and Leadership Coach at Stanford University Graduate of Business School. He teaches Leadership Labs, serves as a Leadership Coach and Senior Facilitator and in a range of leadership courses, including Arbuckle Leadership Fellows, Paths-to-Power, Interpersonal D...

Richard P. Francisco

Richard P. Francisco, who for nearly three decades has been an independent consultant, psychologist and educator, is currently a licensed psychologist practicing in clinical, counseling, and organizational psychology. He is an instructor at San Jose State University and also a lecturer at Stanfor...

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