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.

The program is a three-day 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 blended learning journey which revolves around 3 intensive days on the UCLA campus.

Day 1

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

Day 2

  • Team Processes & Coordination
  • Team Structures: Power, Influence & Control
  • Leadership Styles
  • Incentives
  • Cross-Functional & Distributed Teams

Day 3

  • Human Capital Management: The Crossroad between HR and Finance
  • People Analytics: From Metrics to Insights
  • Introduction to Disruptive Technologies: An HR Perspective

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 Knowledge Is In the Room

You will gain as much from your interaction with fellow participants as you will from our faculty; and the program provides ample opportunities – both structured and unstructured – to learn and grow with your peers.

Our Dedicated Program Team

During your three days on campus, our dedicated program team take care of all the details so that you can focus your attention on what matters – mastering the theory and practice of building and leading high performing teams.

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 and justice in teams and organizations. Bendersky’s research resonates in constructive and concrete ways both in academe and business. Bendersky teaches in UCLA Anderson’s full-time...

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 ...

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 th...

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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