The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader

Program Overview

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. It is a journey that requires continuously building and refining a set of skills that allow you to guide, inspire, and work with others. The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader provides the tools you need to lead effectively.

As part of a diverse learning community, you will receive individualized feedback while building and learning from a new peer network of fellow participants. Taught by faculty who teach the core content in Wharton's MBA program and experts who work with high-performing teams such as NASA astronauts and U.S. Naval Academy officers, the program will help you develop the personal leadership skills that will make a positive impact now and throughout your career.

The Leadership Edge helps executives improve and better navigate their organizational life, says Academic Director Nancy Rothbard.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

In The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader, you will:

  • Identify your preferred leadership and communication styles
  • Lead with emotional intelligence
  • Build and leverage your networks

Experience & Impact

The Leadership Edge uses a range of highly interactive approaches to help you advance your leadership capabilities, including lectures, group discussions and projects, assessments, networking, and experiential learning. Daily integration sessions ensure that you acquire key concepts and skills and can apply them to your current role.

Session topics include:

  • Identifying Your Preferred Leadership and Communication Styles
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Building and Using Your Network
  • Conducting After-Action Reviews

Who Should Attend

The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader is designed for those who have recently transitioned into the broader responsibilities of a leadership role, and for those who anticipate such a transition. This includes newly promoted managers, executives with a technical or scientific background, and entrepreneurs leading their organizations into new phases of growth. Participants represent a wide range of organizations, from multinationals to startups, and include for-profit, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Their areas of expertise are diverse, and they come from a variety of industries, regions, and cultures.

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

Participant Profile

Participants by Industry

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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.


Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

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

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

Sigal Barsade

Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

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

John Kanengieter

John KanengieterSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; Director, Kanengieter Consulting Group

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Lisa LarsonAssociate Vice President, HDR Inc.

Terrence R. HeadPresident and Founder, Outlier Global Solutions

In my work, you are either on the technical track or the management track. As a tech lead, you only manage your boss and your teammates, other tech people. But as a manager, you need to manage people much more and attend to non-technical issues such as project timelines, cross-team functions, etc. So leadership takes a broader and non-technical form.

The Leadership Edge used a lot of different approaches to teach us to be effective leaders, to discover our own leadership style, but I loved the role-playing sessions the best. I realized that as a leader I should be facilitating more, encouraging and inspiring the people in my team to participate and bring their best game. After all, that was the true strength of the team, and that was how we would succeed. That was quite an unexpected personal insight. For me, the role-playing somehow made the learning much more real. And so the realization that came off it had longer lasting effect.

Another brilliant aspect of the program was the communication portion. Not only do you realize what kind of person you are — direct, systematic — you also learn how to figure out what kind of person others are. When you know others’ communication style, you become tolerant of things, can make the conversation more effective. How to read expressions, reading to see if people are getting bored. You can steer yourself on your visual cues. These are definitely great takeaways for anybody in the professional world.

By far, the best part of the program was the people. At the first breakfast I sat down with participants who were Special Ops, Navy SEALs, and ex-CIA agents. I only see these kinds of people in the movies! They have a different outlook, perspective.

Though I wasn’t sure how the program would apply to my current job, I find myself applying the communication tools, the managing peers skills that I learned. As long as we’re working with people, we have the opportunity to lead people.”

Joy Ghosh, PhDSenior member, technical staff, VMware, Palo Alto, CA

Date, Location, & Fees

November 11 - 15, 2019Philadelphia, PA$10,950

April 27 - May 1, 2020Philadelphia, PA$10,950

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