Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams, you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience in building, participating in, and leading teams in diverse contexts
  • Understand how team leadership resides in action rather than position
  • Manage strong individual players within a team and draw out the best from everyone — so that the team is more than the sum of its parts
  • Build a peer network of fellow leaders for sharing challenges, insights, and perspectives

Experience & Impact

The dynamics of teamwork are too complex to be mastered through classroom work alone. Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams provides a distinctive combination of classroom and case work, along with daily experiential exercises. It builds upon years of programs by Professor Michael Useem and Wharton Leadership Ventures, which have immersed MBA students and executives in rigorous outdoor challenges around the globe. Senior guest speakers also offer their experiences from business, the military, and other areas.

Wharton faculty, led by Jeff Klein — executive director of Wharton’s Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program — apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help participants build and nurture performance-driven teams.

In sum, this program provides managers, regardless of their organization size or type, with the strategic frameworks and tools to build and lead teams that leverage individual strengths to achieve outstanding results.

Session topics include:

  • Forming and Sustaining Successful Teams
  • Aligning Individuals around Group Goals
  • Team Dynamics
  • Leading from the Front, the Middle, and Behind
  • Experiential Learning

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Who Should Attend

Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams is designed primarily for managers of small to mid-sized teams, specifically middle and senior managers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific tools and frameworks to better understand team dynamics and drive better team performance.

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

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.


Jeff Klein

Jeff KleinSee Faculty Bio

Executive Director, Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program; Lecturer, The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Quinn Bauriedel

Quinn BauriedelSee Faculty Bio

Speaker, Pig Iron Theatre Company

Rodrigo Jordan

Rodrigo Jordan, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; Executive Vice President, Vertical SA


You need to train for it, and be ready for it. We get everyone to take positions they need to take — not the ones they prefer to take. To learn to lead teams better, we are going to put you in situations where you are uncomfortable — but not too uncomfortable."

Rodrigo Jordan Executive Vice President, Vertical SA

Date, Location, & Fees

Coming in 2022Location TBD

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