Wisconsin School of Business

Leadership Beyond Management

Available dates

Apr 20—24, 2020
5 days
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
USD 4995
USD 999 per day
Oct 26—30, 2020
5 days
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
USD 4995
USD 999 per day
Mar 29—Apr 2, 2021
5 days
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
USD 4995
USD 999 per day


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About the course

Transition to a Place of Higher Purpose and Performance

Leadership Beyond Management is an empowering, interactive, and self-reflective journey that will give you a 360° view of your leadership strengths and developmental needs. You will acquire real-world strategies to positively impact and influence individuals and teams in a way that improves business performance.

"This course gave me the tools and information necessary to help me lead with more purpose, passion, and intent."

  • Julie Parks, Public Relations Director, American Girl

How You Will Benefit

  • Assess the effectiveness of your leadership style via a globally-normed 360° feedback assessment process
  • Increase your awareness of organization context and culture, allowing you to respond more thoughtfully to rapid changes in business circumstances
  • Enhance your ability to lead intentionally via key foundational, situational, and strategic leadership competencies
  • Explore how to positively impact your productivity and effectiveness in serving diverse customers by cultivating an inclusive workplace
  • Discover your authentic leadership purpose and choose how it will impact your personal, professional, and organizational success
  • Investigate how the best leaders design their organizations for success
  • Engage in one-on-one post-program coaching to assist you in clarifying and committing to your leadership development goals


Monday–Leading within Context

  • Understand the need for leaders to read organizational context in order to successfully lead
  • Identify key contextual issues in your workplace that impact productivity and performance
  • Use the ladder of inference to leverage the context of others to solve business problems

Tuesday–Leading with Intention

  • Learn how to recognize successful leadership styles
  • Receive 360° feedback on your most used leadership styles
  • Learn how to choose leadership style appropriate for a situation
  • Define next steps for your leadership development

Wednesday–Leading Inclusively

  • Examine the links between business performance and inclusive cultures
  • Understand how the diversity of customers and clients impacts business opportunity
  • Respond to business opportunity with cross-cultural competence
  • Assess your own cross-cultural competence
  • Leverage the power of an inclusive workplace

Thursday–Leading with Purpose

  • Assess your unique talents and values that shape you as a leader
  • Name your core purpose as a leader
  • Acknowledge your own personal actions that marginalize your purpose as a leader
  • Impact the performance of others through your authentic and purposeful leadership

Friday–Leading by Design

Lunch at 12:30 p.m. concludes the program

  • Understand the importance of leveraging business processes to achieve desired outcomes
  • Know how well-designed processes can shape organizational behavior
  • Examine how to apply and integrate learnings from the prior four days to design and lead a high-performing organization


Day 1 – Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and dinner

  • Check-In and Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Day 2 – Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and dinner

  • Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Day 3 – Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and dinner

  • Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Day 4 – Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and dinner

  • Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Day 5 – Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks

  • Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Who should attend

This program is designed for experienced managers and directors who are on a career path towards a senior leadership role and want to advance their leadership capabilities.

Trust the experts

Steve King

Steve King is the Executive Director of the Center for Professional and Executive Development for the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to taking this position, Steve held the positions of Vice President of Global Talent Management for Baxter International...


Susan Finerty

Susan has experience in organizational development working with large multinational companies. Her focus is matrix organizations and how to navigate and influence cross-functionally in these organizations. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, Susan worked for Baxter and ...


Joselyn Dipetta

Joselyn is the Managing Partner of Present Possibility where she works with companies to address needs related to organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development. Her experience is wide-ranging: from helping executives at Fortune 500 companies create meaningful, innova...


Lisa Yaffe

Lisa leverages decades of corporate and consulting experience to educate, counsel, and coach managers, executives, and leadership teams in the science and art of leadership and organizational culture. As a program director and coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Professional...


Artell Smith

Artell has extensive experience in human resources management, advising and focusing on overall people strategy, talent management/development, and compensation/benefits. He has led transformative projects across all aspects of HR work globally, including talent development, generalist services, ...


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