Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Leading and Managing People, you will learn to:

  • Successfully navigate political dynamics
  • Better understand varying perspectives and the flow of power throughout your organization
  • Use individual motivators to drive behavior
  • Increase the effectiveness of your communications

Academic Director Gregory P. Shea on the program’s key takeaways

Experience & Impact

Leading and Managing People uses an active-learning approach to blend interactive lectures with hands-on team experiments, giving you a unique opportunity to explore and experiment with your newly acquired methodologies and insights.

Interactive rehearsal cases allow you to address your current work challenges in a safe environment, while receiving valuable feedback from a collection of your peers, in addition to world-renowned industry experts.

You will return to your organization with:

  • A precisely crafted action plan for immediate impact
  • An increased capacity for continual self-assessment
  • The ability to make the required behavioral adjustments for the optimal outcome in any scenario
  • A professional network that will enhance your career — and your life — on many levels, for many years to come

Session topics include:

  • Leading from Strength: Acknowledging and Using Your Power
  • Power Stories: Adding Influence to Leadership and Engaging the Power of Others
  • Leading Change
  • Leading High-Performing Teams
  • Organizational Power and Politics
  • Whole-Brained Communications

Convince Your Supervisor

Here’s a justification letter you can edit and send to your supervisor to help you make the case for attending this Wharton program.

Due to our application review period, applications submitted after 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday for programs beginning the following Monday may not be processed in time to grant admission. Applicants will be contacted by a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss options for future programs and dates.

Who Should Attend

Leading and Managing People was specifically created for executives transitioning from a technically based management position into a leadership role involving greater spans of control and cross-unit collaboration.

The results-oriented curriculum is specifically designed for professionals who require a better understanding of political undercurrents and power flow, and wish to improve their overall ability to communicate and influence within varying perspectives.

Participants must be fluent in English. Specifically, they should be comfortable with metaphoric speech. If this presents a problem, the University of Pennsylvania offers one- and two-week intensive English Language Programs (ELPs) to prepare for a productive week at Wharton.

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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.


Janet Greco

Janet Greco, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Lecturer, Organizational Dynamics Masters Program, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Professional and Liberal Education; Recipient 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award for Professional Graduate Programs, School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania; Co-President, Transition One Associates

Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Deputy Dean; David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

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

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


Your class truly helped me, and came at a great time in my career. I am on an executive team, and I am the only female among the nine of us. Several of your comments hit home to me, and I’ve been able to use them to influence my peers and supervisors. Working on my own situation, versus a case study really helped me to assess the real-life scenario. Trust me, it was no small task... but thinking through my approach at your class and working through it in the Master Class group helped. I really enjoyed the program and gained usable skills on influencing others...”

Vice President, Insurance Industry

This is a life-changing course if you can give up your preconceived notions and recognize that most ‘fact’ is just your perception, not objective reality.”

Associate Chief of Medicine, Major Health System

Thank you for this contribution to my life. I’ll be back.”

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