Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Becoming a Leader of Leaders, you will:

  • Become a more effective leader of leaders
  • Take tangible actions to strengthen your own leadership and that of others
  • Make your team a team of leaders
  • Develop appreciation for your leadership by others and by you
  • Coach and mentor high-potential managers who report to you
  • Learn to lead out and up, not just down
  • Prepare yourself for more senior responsibilities and general management
  • Sustain your resilience and determination to more effectively handle uncertainty, stress, and burnout

The Definition of Leadership: Professor Michael Useem on the nature of leadership

Experience & Impact

This program focuses on strengthening your personal capacity to produce results, and the capacity of others to do the same. Highly interactive, Becoming a Leader of Leaders blends team exercises, case discussions, computer simulations, and personal development sessions to help clarify your principles and goals and put them into practice. By attending this program, you will expand your capacity to think strategically, communicate persuasively, and act decisively, and do so in a way that builds resilience in yourself, those around you, and the organization.

There are multiple components that make this program different from other senior leadership programs.

Active Dialogue: Professor Michael Useem on the program’s content

Specifically, you will:

  • Study and apply the latest research and thinking on senior leadership and decision-making
  • Experiment with new strategies and behaviors in applied learning sessions
  • Develop a succession plan for yourself and your team, preparing for your next role and developing leadership in others
  • Build your leadership presence and team determination
  • Engage in hands-on simulations of decision-making and enterprise-building
  • Prepare yourself for active ownership of your operation's greatest challenges
  • Learn what it takes to be a leader of leaders

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Who Should Attend

Renewed Sense of Purpose: Reimagine your leadership style

Becoming a Leader of Leaders: Pathways for Success 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.

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Plan your stay in Philadelphia

Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Meals and accommodations are included in the program fees. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.

Group Enrollment

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


Michael Useem

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

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

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance

Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Gregory Shea

Gregory Shea, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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 innovation


Becoming a Leader of Leaders was fantastic. I really loved the course. At first, I was a little hesitant, thinking it would be very subjective and emotional. But everyone I had spoken to about the course raved about it. I can definitely say my opinion changed afterwards. The program really opened up my eyes. I thought I knew what leadership was and that it was something I just ‘did.’ Leadership is so much more than ‘doing’ and that’s what I’ll take away from the course.

Contrary to my expectations, the program and the topic were rooted in a rigorous and objective approach. The team-building exercises were eye-opening. And the trip to Gettysburg to visit the battlefield? Such a tremendous experience. Kudos to Mike Useem and Greg Shea for making it so memorable.

I took Becoming a Leader of Leaders as part of Wharton’s General Management Program (GMP), and the course, combined with the GMP executive coaching, without a doubt, helped me better understand and develop my leadership skills. I’ve often thought of business as being about winning the war and seeing the biggest picture possible. But now I realize how important the smaller, individual battles are, thanks to this program. The work you do as a leader builds upon itself.”

Phil Kim Chief Strategy & Creative Officer, Universal Nutrition

Date, Location, & Fees

April 14 – 19, 2024Philadelphia, PA$14,000

June 23 – 28, 2024Philadelphia, PA$14,000

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