Leading High Performing Teams

Anderson School of Management

Anderson School of Management


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Who should attend

Directors, managers and project managers from major corporations to growth-phase startups who need the acumen, frameworks and best practices to select, mobilize, and organize teams for innovation and organizational success.

The program focuses on three overlapping spheres of action required for building and leading high performing teams.

About the course

This program develops a foundational understanding of the frameworks, best practices, and toolkits needed to select, mobilize, and organize teams to innovate and achieve organizational goals.

Offered live online, the program is a six-session deep dive on how to build and lead high performing teams for maximum impact on the modern organization. Participants will acquire the analytical and interpersonal skills to optimize team performance by diagnosing complex team dynamics and taking appropriate action to improve team functioning.

Communication and coordination of team members is a key focus, with special attention given to virtual, global, cross-functional, action, and creative teams.

Learning Journey

The program is a live online learning journey comprised of 6 sessions delivered over two weeks. Session topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Team Frameworks (GRIPS)
  • Team Coaching Skills
  • Emergent States & Conflict Management
  • Diverse Team Collaboration & Inclusion

  • Team Processes & Coordination

  • Team Structures: Power, Influence & Control

  • Leadership Styles

  • Everest Simulation

  • Cross-Functional & Distributed Teams

  • Incentives

  • Team Collaboration Technology & Tools

  • Extraordinary Outcomes

  • Bringing It All Together

Program Experience

Learning Elements

Exposure to new knowledge is only the starting point for a successful learning experience. This program employs a carefully sequenced combination of learning elements to ensure maximum applicability of the acumen, frameworks and insights that you take away. These include:

  • Case discussion
  • Team exercises
  • Simulation
  • Leadership assessment
  • Coaching

The Impact

Learning Objectives & Outcomes

  • Understand and employ the GRIPs Framework (goals, roles, interpersonal relationships and processes) to intentionally improve team performance
  • Describe and model inclusive leadership behaviors and conflict management skills to engage diverse and dispersed teams
  • Analyze the impact of various team power, influence, and control dynamics and tactics when structuring teams within hierarchical and networked organizations
  • Evaluate coaching and feedback methods to optimize engagement and outcomes
  • Apply Design Thinking and Agile Methodologies to increase team innovation and problem solving skills


Corinne Bendersky

Biography Professor of Management and Organizations Corinne Bendersky is an expert in workplace conflict, status, justice, and diversity and inclusion in teams and organizations. Bendersky’s research contributes to both academic knowledge and organizational practice. In recent projects, Bendersk...

Iris Firstenberg

Dr. Iris Firstenberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology, UCLA and Adjunct Associate Professor of Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She teaches courses on problem solving, decision making, and innovative thinking in the psychology department and Anderson MBA programs....

Ian Larkin

Biography An assistant professor in the UCLA Anderson strategy group, Ian Larkin’s research is focused on compensation, incentives, employee motivation and human resources. His interest in the discipline comes compliments of his first job, with McKinsey & Company, where he spent four years as...

Jennifer Whitson

Biography Jennifer Whitson is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining Anderson, she served as assistant professor at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses two central issues that...

Eugene Caruso

Eugene M. Caruso studies social judgment, group decision-making and negotiation, egocentrism, perspective-taking, and ethics. His teaching interests include decision-making, social psychology, negotiation, and research methodology. Caruso has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 mi...

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