High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

Program Overview

You have the potential to be among your organization’s greatest assets. But capitalizing on your abilities requires new knowledge and skills. High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact combines the latest research and theories with practical tools to build your leadership strengths and prepare you for greater challenges.

In this program you will work closely with Wharton’s leadership experts and other high potentials from around the world in a dynamic, interactive environment. Each day you will test new strategies in a series of hand-on experiences with instant feedback. High Potential Leaders will prepare you to return to your organization ready to make an immediate impact.

Academic Director Sigal Barsade says High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact provides a practical set of skills and insight into leadership.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

In High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact, you will:

  • Strengthen emotional intelligence for greater influence, stronger relationships, and higher levels of productivity from your team
  • Apply learnings in real time to an actual business challenge of your choice
  • Master a framework for leading change more effectively
  • Improve negotiation skills and understand how communication style influences leadership outcomes
  • Leverage organizational culture for maximum productivity and commitment

Experience & Impact

During this intensive five-day program, you will uncover your individual leadership style and develop your strengths. You will work directly with world-renowned experts in leadership development and management, and have a unique opportunity to broaden your global perspective by working alongside high-potential peers from various countries, vertical industries, business disciplines, and cultural backgrounds.

High Potential Leaders is a highly relevant experience that includes work on a current business challenge of your choice. Working with other team members, you will apply each day’s learnings to your challenge and create potential new solutions. You will come away with fresh perspectives, a deeper immersion into the program content, and the ability to leverage the knowledge and experience of your peers.

Skill Building: Raising Your EQ

A highlight of High Potential Leaders is the Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment. This exercise begins with your input before the program and continues during the program with feedback and practical exercises to improve your level of emotional awareness of others’ behaviors. One exercise, originally developed for medical students at the Yale School of Medicine, takes place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Participating in this assessment will increase your awareness and understanding of non-verbal signals, and your ability to make appropriate judgments based on that information. Developing your Emotional Quotient (EQ) skills will lead to a greater understanding of first impressions and your own leadership presence.

High-Potential Leaders will help you to:

  • Deliver sustainable results driven by strengthened leadership capabilities
  • Implement a comprehensive and highly effective framework for managing change
  • Build more effective and productive relationships based on intelligent use of your emotions
  • Create an individual action plan that commits to immediate and long-term change and growth

Leading Change Simulation

Although the ability to lead and manage change is critical to organizational success and survival, most change initiatives fall short. It is not surprising, then, that change continues to frustrate leaders. In this program, Wharton faculty introduces an experiential change management simulation, which has been used with Fortune 500 executives, U.S. military generals, and MBA students. Here, you will have the opportunity to test your intuition, identify strengths, discover vulnerabilities, and master a framework for leading change more effectively.

Session topics include:

  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Culture
  • Leadership and Followership
  • Leading Change
  • Negotiation
  • Managing in a Global World

Who Should Attend

High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact is designed for those with at least 10 years of experience and whose fast-track career has involved consistently increasing levels of responsibility. Participants have an ultimate goal of reaching senior management.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton executive education programs unless otherwise indicated.

Participant Profile

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Faculty


Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

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

Research Interests: Organizational culture, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, organizational change, teamwork and leadership


Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management


Monica McGrath, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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


Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development


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


Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices


Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

Testimonials


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's and tomorrow's business climate.”

Chuck MollorManaging 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 GreenfieldChief 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 HirschheimerFinancial 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 MurphySenior 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 CrapoProgram 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 MillerDirector, 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 BajwaSenior Marketing Manager, Pioneer Hi-bred Limited (A DuPont Company), Canada

Dates, Cost, & Location

November 5 - 9, 2018Philadelphia, PA$13,000

April 29 - May 3, 2019Philadelphia, PA$13,300


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