Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
Leading through Challenging Times is designed for senior managers who want to strengthen, advance, and hone their leadership skills to meet their organization's current and future challenges. With a results-oriented, intensive, hands-on learning experience, the curriculum is intended for professionals seeking to broaden their skills for leading other leaders.
Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.
About the course
Research and experience confirm that as uncertainty, threat, and stress mount, leadership matters more. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt, leaders face an extended period of volatility and recovery. Achieving success in this environment, both now and in the future, requires taking the lessons from the past and reframing them for the present in order to confront the uncertainty of the future.
Led by Wharton leadership experts who draw on decades of academic and practical experience, Leading through Challenging Times is unique among Wharton leadership programs. It focuses exclusively on how to lead through the most pressing issues facing senior managers today. It is a timely, highly personal, and immediately applicable learning experience.
For today’s leaders, three areas matter most — getting your direction right, securing your team’s well-being and high-level functioning, and maintaining your own physical and emotional capacity to take charge. Leading Through Challenging Times focuses on leading yourself, leading others, and setting course in a bold new direction to successfully navigate crisis moments during a turbulent era.
Highlights and Key Outcomes
In Leading through Challenging Times, you will:
- Become a more effective and resilient leader
- Identify best practices for leading through uncertainty and difficulty
- Take tangible actions to bolster your own leadership and that of others
- Expand your professional network to include peers with strategic vision and resilience
- Expand your readiness and determination to face uncertainty and stress
- Hone your ability to assist others in responding to and preparing for crises, expand your readiness and determination to face uncertainty and stress, and assist others in the same
Senior managers seeking to lead through these times will require skills both like and unlike what they have already developed. They need to think even more strategically about the future, communicate more persuasively, and act more decisively — all while strengthening the leadership of those around them.
Leading through Challenging Times draws on the tried and proven as well as on new studies and fresh insights — along with participant experience and pivotal moments in history — to fortify your own leadership and leadership through others.
Session Topics Include:
- Leading Yourself and Others
- Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Recovery, and Contagion
- Leading Teams Remotely
- Design Thinking and Opportunities in a Crisis
- Motivating While Downsizing
Wharton LIVE Programming
Real-time, synchronous peer learning
The live, virtual version of Leading through Challenging Times will be delivered online daily for four days. It will be taught by the same Wharton faculty who teach in our on-campus leadership programs. Leading through Challenging Times offers, and requires, a high level of engagement. Participants will have direct access to Wharton faculty throughout the program, and engage in dynamic group work that helps reinforce the learning and enable networking among the peer community. This virtual program is a fully immersive and structured learning experience that culminates with a new set of knowledge and tools that can be put to immediate use
The program draws on digital technologies, hands-on experiences, depth cases, research findings, intensive dialogue, and problem solving. Our sessions run live for four half days, and we include chat rooms, breakouts, issue polling, and personal engagements. We draw on in-depth cases from companies in turbulence, explorers in terra incognito, and executive speakers who have led through challenging periods in recent business history.
Leadership is personal, both for you and for those you lead. Join us to share and reflect on the leadership experiences of you and others in leading through the coronavirus crisis and other disruptive periods.
An awardwinning teacher, consultant and author of numerous books on leadership and change, Greg’s expertise covers organizational and individual change, group effectiveness, and conflict resolution. For over 30 years, he has consulted extensively with senior organizational leaders of companies fa...
Education: PhD, Harvard University; MA, Harvard University; BS, University of Michigan. Academic Appointment: William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, 1997. Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, 1996. Recent Consulting: Numerous programs on leadership, decision m...
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