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Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials: Overview

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Apr 29—30
2 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 3750
USD 1875 per day
Jul 8—9
2 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 3750
USD 1875 per day
Oct 30—31
2 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 3750
USD 1875 per day


Leadership Essentials identifies several of the skill sets that great leaders possess. Through engaging lectures delivered by Columbia Business School faculty, dynamic discussions with colleagues and hands-on workshops, participants explore the most crucial areas of leadership.

After just two days, participants emerge from the program with fresh insights into how to be better decision makers, leaders of people and groups, and agents of organizational change.

This was a fully engaging course which has provided me with tools of leadership that I can use beginning tomorrow: tools with a lifetime warranty.

— Matthew Price, Director, Sales & Marketing, ACS


In just two days, participants in Leadership Essentials take away several tangible benefits. They learn how to:

  • Enhance emotional intelligence and apply it appropriately as a leader
  • Strengthen the ability to lead and manage organizational change
  • Improve decision making
  • Motivate your team more effectively
  • Manage the dynamics within and between groups that influence performance

Note: This program does not include a 360-degree feedback tool. We encourage you to apply for High Impact Leadership should you be interested in benefiting from this specific feature.

I felt the program touched on the most important topics I deal with in my day-to-day work experience.

— Janet Baye, Director, KPMG

Program Structure

The two-day program consists of four, tightly connected half-day sessions:

I. Leadership Styles and Emotional Intelligence– Day 1, Session 1

Key questions

  • What are the different styles of leadership, and when is it appropriate to exercise one rather than another?
  • What role does emotional intelligence (or EQ) play in enacting the different forms of leadership?

II. Leadership Styles and Managing Change– Day 1, Session 2

Key questions

  • What are the key action steps needed to plan and implement change?
  • What do you think you do well versus not so well when it comes to planning and implementing change?
  • What leadership style makes people more likely to embrace rather than resist change?
  • What makes it hard for agents of change to adopt a style that makes others embrace rather than resist change?
  • What can be done to overcome the obstacles alluded to in the preceding question?

III. Leadership and Group Dynamics– Day 2, Session 1

Key questions

  • Why do some groups work together effectively, while other groups seem to struggle?
  • How does “who you are” influence the type of roles that you take on in a group?
  • What climate do you create for groups that you lead?
  • How can you motivate your team to take more risk and responsibility?

IV. Leadership and Personality– Day 2, Session 2

Key questions

  • How much of your leadership behavior is driven by your environment?
  • How much of your leadership behavior is driven by your own preferences?
  • How can you learn about others preferences in order to more effectively lead, manage, and collaborate?

Who should attend

Leadership Essentials is designed for mid-level executives looking to improve their effectiveness working with individuals and teams.


Biography Within the broader field of organizational behavior, Professor Brockner is well known for his work in several areas, including the effects of organizational downsizing on the productivity and morale of the "survivors," the management of organizational change, organizational justice, se...


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