Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Leading through Challenging Times, you will:

  • Become a more effective and resilient leader
  • Identify best practices for leading through uncertainty and difficulty
  • Take tangible actions to bolster your own leadership and that of others
  • Expand your professional network to include peers with strategic vision and resilience
  • Expand your readiness and determination to face uncertainty and stress
  • Hone your ability to assist others in responding to and preparing for crises, expand your readiness and determination to face uncertainty and stress, and assist others in doing the same

Senior managers seeking to lead through these times will require skills both like and unlike what they have already developed. They need to think even more strategically about the future, communicate more persuasively, and act more decisively — all while strengthening the leadership of those around them.

Leading through Challenging Times draws on the tried and proven as well as on new studies and fresh insights — along with participant experience and pivotal moments in history — to fortify your own leadership and leadership through others.

Session Topics Include:

  • Leading Yourself and Others
  • Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Recovery, and Contagion
  • Leading and Influencing Virtual Teams
  • Leading a Vigilant and Vision-Driven Organization
  • Motivating Others through Difficult Times

Wharton LIVE Programming

Real-time, synchronous peer learning

The live, virtual version of Leading through Challenging Times will be delivered online daily for four days. It will be taught by the same Wharton faculty who teach in our on-campus leadership programs. Leading through Challenging Times offers, and requires, a high level of engagement. Participants will have direct access to Wharton faculty throughout the program and have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one time during virtual office hours. They will engage in dynamic, small-group work that helps reinforce the learning and enable networking among the peer community. This virtual program is a fully immersive and structured learning experience that culminates with a new set of knowledge and tools that can be put to immediate use.

Program Duration:

May 3 – 7, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday to Thursday

The program draws on digital technologies, hands-on experiences, business and historical cases, research findings, intensive dialogue, and problem solving. Our sessions run live for four days, and we include chat rooms, breakouts, issue polling, and personal engagements. We draw on in-depth cases from companies in turbulence, explorers in terra incognito, and executive speakers who have led through challenging periods in recent business history.

Leadership is personal, both for you and for those you lead. Join us to share and reflect on the leadership experiences of you and others in leading through these challenging times.

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Who Should Attend

Leading through Challenging Times 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, interactive 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.


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

Greg 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

Date, Location, & Fees

May 3 – 7, 2021LIVE Virtual$6,20010:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday to Thursday

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This LIVE Virtual program runs Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

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