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High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

Program Overview

You have the potential to be among your organization’s greatest assets. But how do you turn this potential into even greater success? Developing into a strong leader requires a specific skill set based on actionable knowledge. High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact  blends the latest research and theories with practical tools to build your leadership strengths and prepare you for greater challenges.

You’ll have an opportunity to work closely with Wharton faculty who are leadership experts, in a dynamic, interactive environment that helps shape effective leadership strategies with real results. You’ll be able to test new strategies and receive instant feedback, preparing you to return to your organization ready to make an immediate impact. And you’ll collaborate with other highly motivated individuals from around the world, increasing your professional network.

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High-Potential Leadership Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Strengthen emotional intelligence for greater influence, stronger relationships, and higher levels of productivity from your team
  • Understand the importance of leadership and followership
  • Improve negotiation skills and understand how communication style influences leadership outcomes
  • Leverage organizational culture for best productivity and commitment
  • More effectively lead change initiatives to advance organizational growth

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April 23 - 27, 2018$13,000

Philadelphia, PA

November 5 - 9, 2018$13,000

Philadelphia, PA

Download the program schedule, including session details.

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change.

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“Organizations who send an executive to this program will get back someone who has learned a practical set of skills and insight into their leadership, and who will be a better leader.”

Professor Sigal Barsade on High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

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Experience & Impact

During this five-day intensive program, you’ll learn how to uncover your individual leadership style and develop your strengths. You’ll work directly with world-renowned experts in leadership development and management, while exploring the essence of effective leadership. You’ll also 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.

By aligning your role with your key objectives, you’ll gain a better understanding of important factors in leadership such as organizational culture and emotional intelligence. In addition, daily application sessions will help you link program content to your real-world challenges and create individual learning goals to extend the program’s impact.

Sessions topics include:

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

Skill Building: Raising Your EQ

A highlight of the program is its unique Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment. This exercise, which begins with your input pre-program and continues during the program with feedback and practical exercises designed to improve 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. EQ skills will include better understanding first impressions and your own leadership presence.

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

  • Deliver sustainable results driven by your greatest capabilities and purpose as a leader
  • Develop the skills 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

Using a blend of highly interactive lectures, assessments, group exercises, simulations, and unique personalized feedback, High-Potential Leaders will help you uncover and apply your greatest capabilities and purpose as a leader.

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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.

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Sigal Barsade, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Academic Director

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

Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamics

Mauro Guillén, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; Director, The Lauder Institute

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management

Monica McGrath, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

Nancy Rothbard, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

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

Gregory P. (Greg) Shea, PhD   See 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, PhD   See 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, PhD   See 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


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 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

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