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Leadership Training for High Potentials

Leadership Training for High Potentials

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NYU Stern School of Business
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New York, NY 10012

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Leadership Training for High Potentials


PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently being taught as an In Person class.

Leadership is a mindset, a set of behaviors, and a set of actions that can be carried out by individuals at all levels of an organization each and every day. Whether you are leading a group, mentoring an associate, or dealing with clients, all of these situations require leadership skills, and mastering these skills will help you become more effective in your respective role.

This program will introduce you to a variety of analytical frameworks related to leadership and will focus on how to apply those frameworks to analyze and address important leadership challenges. It will also help you to better understand the context within which leaders typically operate, and help make you more conscious of the choices you make as a leader in an organization. To achieve these objectives, this course combines a variety of pedagogical approaches: lectures, discussions, case analysis, short videos, and group exercises. Emphasis is placed on self-reflection and linking the concepts from the program to the participants’ own leadership objectives.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Perspective

    Examine the meaning of leadership from multiple perspectives
  • Action

    Develop a framework for translating leadership into effective actions
  • Organization Dynamics

    Learn about power and influence, collaboration, teamwork and networks

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    Designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience
  • Job Functions

    Ideal for professionals who have significant leadership responsibilities, or who have high potential for leadership
  • Prerequisites

    Intended for individuals who want to improve their leadership abilities


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

9:00 am - 10:30am ET: Session 1: Leading in Complex Systems

  • The myth of a “specific case”
  • Leadership at all levels
  • How to give credit and recognize the work of others
  • Case study group exercise

10:30 am - 10:45 am ET: Break

10:45 - 12:15 pm ET: Session 2: Leadership for Others

  • The differences between leadership and management
  • The three main functions of leaders and three main aspects of leadership
  • The importance of vision
  • Case study group exercise

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ET: Lunch Break

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm ET: Session 3: Leading Groups

  • The pitfalls of group decision-making, including groupthink, the Abilene paradox, and group polarization, and how to overcome these challenges
  • Strategies for improving group decision-making
  • Executing decisions and acting fairly
  • Case study group exercise

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm ET: Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET: Session 4: Leading Groups, continued

9:00 am - 10:30 pm ET: Session 5: Leading Change

  • The roles of management vs. leadership in organizational change
  • The three phases of successful change: unfreezing, change, and refreezing
  • Push/pull leadership strategy
  • Hands-on group exercise

10:30 am - 10:45 am ET: Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET: Session 6: Leading Change, continued

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm ET: Lunch Break

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm ET: Session 7: Leading by Listening

  • What listening looks like, and what it does not look like
  • Effects of good listening on performance
  • Hands-on small group exercise

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm ET: Break

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm ET: Session 8: Leading Culture

  • What organizational culture is and the different ways culture manifests
  • The importance, benefits and liabilities of organizational culture
  • Diagnosing culture: uncovering what’s really important and how to get things done
  • Formation, reinforcement and change
  • Hands-on small group exercise

4:20 - 4:30 pm ET: Course Debrief and Wrap-Up


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 8 reviews
    Arturo Basurto
    Great first NYU academic experience! I highly recommend this course.

    Great first NYU academic experience of many more to come! Going all the from communication, logistics, agenda planning, course content, to Professor's Nate passion, knowledge and expertise on this topic, and his ability to keep participants engaged throughout the entire course. I highly recommend it!

    Jean Ji
    Great experience!

    Nate has managed to structure a leadership class with the perfect balance between interactive activities and theory/principles. He also demonstrated effective leadership throughout the course with his own teaching style. I feel I have walked away with practical understanding and skills that can be applied to not only work but also life. Thank you for a great experience.

    Halley Holdsworth
    Fantastic Course

    Great course for a person at any level in their career and relevant to managers and individual contributors for any team. Prof Petit makes the class extremely engaging and informative from start to finish. The material is presented in a way that's different from any leadership course I've taken and incorporates in-person simulations to prepare you for real-life situations in the future. It's incredible how much we were able to cover in 2 days, not to mention that great network of other professionals I now have lasting connections with.

    Denis Mani
    Way better than expected

    It was awesome, I recommend it. I was ready to get 2 days of someone talking over slides, delivering either common sense advice or business buzzwords; but instead we had very honest, straight, no-bs, learn-by-doing activities that covered latest thinking in leadership that I don't believe I'd be able to get in a book or online training. The professor was instigating, accessible and very knowledgeable, and created lessons that intertwined games to simulate group dynamics that really drove home the key points from the theory material. This short course gave me plenty to work with right away, but more importantly, put me in direction to hone in the specific leadership skills that I, specifically, need.

    Alex Rushin
    Completely worth your while

    This course was so engaging, informative, and educational. Prof. Petit dives deep into human psychology and evolutionary behavior to explore and expand upon successful leadership mindsets, traits, and behaviors. In just a few days, we learned and were able to practice a great deal of techniques to become stronger leaders. In addition to this, in just a few short days, our cohort felt like a close group of good friends, rooting for and helping each other achieve greatness - a feat that simply cannot be overstated.