View all programs within: Leadership

High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

May 16, 2016 - May 20, 2016Philadelphia, PA$12,500
Oct 24, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016Philadelphia, PA$12,500

Program Overview

Executives on the fast track must be ready to meet increasingly heavy demands and high expectations. High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact gives you the actionable knowledge and tools you need to turn these challenges into opportunities, uncovering and applying your greatest capabilities and purpose as a leader.

In five intense days, Wharton's leadership thought leaders will teach you how to:

  • Develop a leadership philosophy that is in keeping with your values, expectations of your team, and your most critical leadership objectives. Understand the importance of leadership and followership.
  • Use your emotions more intelligently for greater influence, stronger relationships, and higher levels of productivity from your team.
  • Improve your negotiation skills and understand how your communication style influences your leadership outcomes.
  • Leverage organizational culture for best productivity and commitment.
  • Apply the latest research and best practices in critical thinking, execution, and global management.
  • Better understand yourself, the impressions you make as a leader, and your next steps needed to have the strongest positive impact at work.

Impact & Experience

Designed to optimize your impact, this program brings you together with world-renowned experts in leadership development, management, and execution, and high-potential peers from various countries, vertical industries, business disciplines and cultural backgrounds. You will explore the essence of effective leadership, define your philosophy as a leader, align your role with your key objectives, and better understand important factors in leadership such as culture and emotional intelligence. Daily integration sessions help link program content to your real-world challenges and create learning goals to extend the program’s impact.

High-Potential Leaders sessions include:

  • Leading Change
  • Developing a Leadership Philosophy
  • Managing in a Global World
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Negotiations
  • Understanding Organizational Culture
  • Leadership and Followership

Skill Building: Raising Your EQ

A highlight of the program is its unique Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment. This intense exercise, which begins with your input pre-program and ends with faculty feedback delivered at the program’s end, reveals your level of emotional awareness of others’ behaviors, your understanding of non-verbal signals, and your ability to make appropriate judgments based on that information. Learning from the assessment can have a transformational effect on your leadership.

This program exposes you to the leading minds in leadership development, strategy, management, and execution. Together with high-potential leaders from around the globe, you will explore what is at the heart of effective leadership, define your philosophy as a leader, align your role with your key objectives, view strategy from multiple perspectives, learn how to manage uncertainty, and put your leadership into action through execution. The program pushes you to think deeply about change — within yourself and your organization.

Designed to optimize your impact, High-Potential Leaders helps you to:

  • Deliver sustainable results driven by your greatest capabilities and purpose as a leader.
  • Develop the strategic acumen required of global leaders.
  • Build more effective and productive relationships based on intelligent use of your emotions.
  • Create action plans that commit to immediate and long-term change and growth.

Who Attends This Program

High Potential Leaders is designed for those with at least 10 years of experience and whose fast-track career has involved consistently increasing levels of responsibility.


  • Sigal Barsade, PhD

    Academic Director

    Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamicsSee Faculty Bio

  • Monica McGrath, PhD

    Learning Director

    Former Vice Dean, Aresty Institute of Executive Education; Former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School

    See Faculty Bio

  • Mauro Guillén, PhD

    Dr. Felix Zandman Professor, Professor of International Management, The Wharton School; Director, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania

    Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational managementSee Faculty Bio

  • John (Jack) Hershey, PhD

    Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Decision processes, emergency preparedness, operations management researchSee Faculty Bio

  • Nancy Rothbard, PhD

    David Pottruck Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career developmentSee Faculty Bio

  • Gregory Shea, PhD

    Adjunct Professor of Management; Senior Fellow, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; The Wharton School.

    Research Interests: leadership, leadership of change, organizational innovationSee Faculty Bio

Program Logistics

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact a member of the Wharton Executive Education Client Relations team for more information on course specifics and to discuss how this program can meet your professional development needs. Please contact them by email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.

Plan Your Stay


“This program has a superb blend of world-class faculty, an integrated curriculum, and a strongly interactive and diverse group of classmates from high-performing global companies. The material challenged our traditional views and learning, and stretched us immensely to expand our understanding on what leadership needs to be in the 21st century. I highly recommend this program to those interested in developing self-awareness and the skills needed to achieve business results in today and tomorrow's business climate.”
Chuck Mollor, Managing Partner, MCG Partners


“The High-Potential Leaders program was excellent! The combination of diverse participants as well as first-rate faculty made for a great learning environment. The faculty delivered time and again on many practical tools and techniques that will help me accelerate my performance and better achieve my leadership potential. I would highly recommend this program to others.”
David Greenfield, Chief Financial Officer, Financial Services Industry


“The program provided me with a deep knowledge of techniques that will fast track my career. Additionally having a group with different experiences and internationally represented was fundamental to setting personal goals and to developing and managing my team.”
André Hirschheimer, Financial Manager, Suzano Holding


“This is a great leadership development program. Too often in today's business environment, many leaders are so focused on managing their business that they do not take the time to focus on their own career development. We are always making excuses regarding the lack of time we have to further our own development. This was the best use of my time at the perfect time in my career.”
Rich Murphy, Senior National Director, US Specialty Care Sales, Schering-Plough Corporation


“I must say, Wharton was truly an experience that punctuated my values...and overarching imperatives. The class was insightful, enjoyable and profound. There were times that it struck an emotional cord bringing tears to my eyes. Most importantly it drove home the values of integrity, authenticity, empathy, and transparency.

I better appreciate the need to network externally, remain current and position myself for change, while maintaining balanced physical, professional and personal activities. Nearly half of the classmates were internationals…and their perspectives were so important to the success of the experience.

All in all, it made me aware that modern management is a psychological discipline and an art-form requiring oneself to take the high road regardless of the pressures and stress…. I am so pleased about the opportunity to experience this program, as it has enabled me to truly be a better leader.”
John Crapo, Program Director, IT Account Management Services, Lockheed Martin Company


“This program exceeded my expectations! It was truly a transformational experience to help me become the leader I want to be. The instructors were fantastic and I made lasting friendships with some of my fellow classmates. I will definitely return for another Wharton Executive Education Program!”
Victoria Hughes, M.A., Director of Performance Excellence, Health Care Industry


“The Wharton High-Potential Leaders course is a must attend course for business leaders. The curriculum was well thought out and provided an outstanding learning experience with world-class faculty and exercises. The diversity of attendees from multiple industries and countries created a truly diverse and engaging learning environment. The course really challenges you to truly assess where you are as a leader and how to become a stronger leader in the future. I look forward to applying the lessons learned from this course to assist me as I continue to grow in my career.”
Mark Miller, Director, Strategic Initiatives, IS&GS CIO, Lockheed Martin


“This was an excellently delivered set of courses that every leader and future leader should experience. The content was relevant and enabled me to critically review my own capabilities and develop a plan of action to drive myself to a higher level. This experience allowed me to make changes that have positively impacted the way I approach my professional career. The most amazing element for me was the transformation I saw on the personal front after I reprioritized my activities. THANKS to the excellent team that pulled off a remarkable enlightening experience for a truly remarkable class of high potential people.”
Prabdeep Bajwa, Senior Marketing Manager, Pioneer Hi-bred Limited (A DuPont Company), Canada

View all programs within: Leadership

Back To Top