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The Leadership Journey: Reimagine Your Leadership

Sep 19, 2016 - Sep 23, 2016Philadelphia, PA$10,250
May 01, 2017 - May 05, 2017Philadelphia, PA$10,250

Program Overview

Economies around the world will continue to shift in the months ahead, triggering an ongoing barrage of new challenges. What made you successful as a leader in the past may not ensure your success in the future. Reinvigorate your leadership with new knowledge — knowledge that you can leverage to lead your organization successfully in aggressive global markets.

The Leadership Journey revitalizes your leadership skills with practical wisdom drawn from the issues great leaders faced during critical moments in history, team exercises, case discussions, computer simulations, physical challenges, Shakespearian drama, and a battlefield visit. You will learn the imperatives of effective leadership and decision making — knowledge that is pivotal to your future and that of your organization.

This program will also show you how to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your team, and how to cultivate their decision-making capabilities by creating the strategic context they need to make good decisions.

"Mastering the art of leadership is a lifelong endeavor, and The Leadership Journey provides an intense experience for refining the leadership skills you have already acquired, and for developing those essential for the greater responsibilities ahead," says Michael Useem, co-director of The Leadership Journey, Wharton Professor, Director of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, and author of leadership books such as The Go Point: When It's Time to Decide, Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win, and The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All.

Impact & Experience

The Leadership Journey immerses you in an experiential process of redefining yourself as a leader. By challenging your current assumptions about leadership, you will discover what to keep, what to change, and what to develop in yourself as a leader. By engaging in decision-making simulations, exchanging perspectives and building a global network with your peers, and walking in the footsteps of great leaders in history, you will emerge with a fresh approach to leadership and the decision-making capabilities that characterize all great leaders.

Session Topics for The Leadership Journey include:

  • Seizing Leadership Opportunities
  • Thinking, Depicting, and Enacting Leadership
  • Leadership in Practice
  • A Leadership Dialogue
  • Leadership and History

Who Attends This Program

This program is designed for experienced executives who want to evolve their leadership and hone their decision-making skills. Senior managers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors are welcome.

To further leverage the value and impact of The Leadership Journey, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.


  • Michael Useem, PhD

    Academic Director

    William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, and governanceSee Faculty Bio

  • Gregory P. (Greg) 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.

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I honestly cannot express in words what a wonderful experience The Leadership Journey was for me. I knew that I could expect a world-class learning experience at Wharton, but the week in The Leadership Journey was without a doubt the best week I have spent learning.

I have two classes remaining to complete my Certificate of Professional Development from Wharton but my intent is not to stop there. After I complete my certificate, my goal is to continue with executive education at Wharton. My sincerest thanks to a wonderful institution, and to the faculty, professors Mike Useem and Greg Shea, for the difference they made in me, and in our entire class.
 — Michael Dottaviano, Defense Industry

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