Leading Into the Future

Capitalizing on new concepts in a fast-changing world

In a business world defined by relentless change, the ability to understand and capitalize on new concepts – artificial intelligence, networks, geographically dispersed teams, mindful leadership and design thinking, to name only a few – is increasingly critical to leadership success.

In an interactive, collaborative learning environment, led by a cross-disciplinary faculty of world-renowned thought leaders and practitioners, you’ll examine these fast-paced changes including evolving demographics and emerging technology. You’ll explore innovative talent management, emerging leadership concepts, and the managerial responses and tools required for tackling future organizational challenges. Ultimately, you’ll come away with a cutting-edge approach to agile leadership in the 21st century landscape.

This program is offered in a live virtual format. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. You will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Information Session

Learn more about Leading Into the Future with this half-hour long information session.


Who Should Attend

  • Executives and senior managers who have or aspire to have general management responsibilities
  • Senior executives seeking to develop the skills and confidence needed to lead in a constantly changing environment
  • Leaders facing emerging challenges driven by technology, demographics and global initiatives

Key Benefits

  • Learn how to lead with all your resources working in concert
  • Explore how distributed teams, crowdsourcing and cross-cultural opportunities lead to broader, organization-wide considerations
  • Understand key issues that arise during organizational transformation
  • Develop tools for managing challenges, mitigating risk and balancing priorities
  • Learn new methods for motivating others, engaging teams and leveraging innovation and networks
  • Benefit from a dynamic, collaborative learning environment led by leading experts from a wide range of disciplines

Program Content

Leading a Powerful Organization
  • Discover how to lead with all your resources: human, technical and organizational
  • Learn new organizational forms and practices that respond to new kinds of challenges
  • Experiment with design thinking as a management tool

Opportunities in the 21st Century

  • Discover how data analytics and artificial intelligence can provide new opportunities
  • Address cross-cultural and cross-generational issues and their impact on organizations
  • Embrace the power of networks and learn to enable them for greater influence
  • Explore the impact of blockchain technology

Leading Yourself and Your Team

  • Discover how the findings of neuroscience research can help you be a better leader
  • Cultivate a mindset that leads to more effective relationships and self-management


David S. Friedman - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Education; Senior Program Director of Executive Education

Noshir Contractor - Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering; Professor of Management & Organizations

Liz Gerber - Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, McCormick School of Engineering

Paul Leonardi - Duca Family Professor of Technology Management, Department of Communication; University of California, Santa Barbara

Robin Nusslock - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Adam Pah - Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations; Associate Director, Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Mohanbir Sawhney - Associate Dean for Digital Innovation; McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology and Innovation

Joel K. Shapiro - Clinical Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Edward (Ned) Smith - Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University; Faculty Affiliate, Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO)

What Participants Say

“As an employee of the U.S. government, I was exposed to new practices and processes that are common practice in the private sector that could be applied in my field. It was an outstanding course with a diverse group of people who were engaged, providing active participation that boosted the already amazing staff and professors.”

“[This was an] exceptional experience, [with] relevant topics presented by outstanding lecturers in a hands-on manner. The atmosphere created an interactive, friendly learning environment...I have significantly benefited from my time at Kellogg and use what I learned everyday.”
Head of Implementations And Training, Volo Commerce

“No other course combines the depth of research and breadth of topics on all the latest innovations in management theory and practice. Thought-provoking and immediately applicable--Kellogg at its best.”
Founding Partner, Jabbok River Group

Personal Consultation

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