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Harvard DCE

Strategic Leadership

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Jun 17—18
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 2850
USD 1425 per day
Aug 7—8
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 2850
USD 1425 per day
Sep 11—12
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 2850
USD 1425 per day


This program analyzes the symbiotic relationship between leadership and decision making. It combines theory and practice to inform the participants of the latest and best studies on how effective decisions are made, as well as how bad decisions can be avoided. Attention will be paid to recent research in neuroscience on the dual aspects of the decision-making process: intuitive vs. rational, and the respective values of both.

Similarly the qualities that make for an outstanding leader will be discussed, especially in terms of strategic decision making and implementation to maximize results for the organization.

Note: This program was previously titled "Leadership and Decision Making."


  • The psychological pitfalls in decision making
  • Establishing a culture of decisive action in a company to counteract indecision
  • Coping with “information overload” in decision making
  • Regularly using the decision-making process, and not as a periodic event
  • The importance of psychological self-awareness, especially cognitive biases and the illusion of rationality
  • Personal qualities of successful leaders
  • Models of “transformational leaders” for analysis and application
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education


  • The dynamics of decision making
  • Psychological aspects of decision making
  • How leadership can be learned
  • The qualities of an effective leader

Who should attend

Leaders and decision makers are not limited to top management in an organization. This seminar appeals to individuals at all levels of authority in all kinds of organizations: corporate, academic, governmental, and service.


Michael Shinagel served as dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard from 1975 to 2013. When he retired in 2013, he was acknowledged as the longest-serving dean in the history of Harvard University. The Division of Continuing Education consisted of the Harva...
Laura Wilcox is the director of management programs at Harvard Extension School. She has held a variety of management and student services positions at top tier universities in Cambridge, including Harvard and MIT's Sloan School of Management, for over two decades. Her portfolio includes conducti...
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