The Leader Within

Maximizing your authentic leadership impact

Today’s demanding global environment requires leaders to pause, reflect and focus on understanding their own unique leadership capabilities. Executives growing into leadership roles are best served by embracing a comprehensive, holistic leadership mindset, lived out in behaviors and practices that help them become the most effective leaders possible.

This unique program provides an intensive leadership development experience designed to help you take your leadership to the next level. Through an in-depth exploration of self-awareness, self-management, mindset, feedback, influence, judgment, character, resilience and executive presence, you will develop the proficiency needed to propel your career forward. In addition to refining your personal leadership practices, you will leave with your own personal action plan for maximizing your impact.

This program will be offered in a live virtual format for fall 2020. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. In this highly interactive format, 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 The Leader Within with this half-hour long information session.


Who Should Attend

  • High-potential mid- to senior-level executives; federal government managers
  • Executives preparing for general management, cross-functional or enterprise leadership roles

Key Benefits

  • Create your distinctive authentic leadership statement
  • Develop your own personal leadership action plan
  • Hone your skills in communication, judgment and executive presence
  • Master frameworks, tools, and practices to help you become an effective leader at the highest organizational levels

Program Content

Maximizing Your Leadership Impact

  • Assess your leadership landscape to identify individual and organizational leadership opportunities and needs
  • Refine your own compelling, authentic leadership statement and understand how to harness the power of narrative identity
  • ·Discover how routines are a key factor in achieving superior outcomes

Leading with Confidence and Impact

  • Cultivate the leader’s mindset – how to increase awareness and focus for individual and organizational growth
  • Deepen your understanding of executive judgment
  • Integrate the dimensions of presence that typify strong, warm leaders at their best
  • Learn techniques to assess and strengthen values-based character competencies
  • Access sources of courage through reflection and dialogue
  • Gain insights into emotional and intellectual toughness in demanding situations
  • Understand how to use feedback as a powerful tool for individual and team growth
  • Leverage the power of understanding trust, culture and influence communication and executive presence


Michelle L. Buck - Academic Director; Clinical Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management

Robert Hughes - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Education, Managing Director of Executive Education

Gail Berger - Assistant Professor of Instruction, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; Assistant Professor of Executive Education

Jim Cohen - Founding Principal, Spark; Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, HERE Life, LLC

Timothy Feddersen - Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Fred Harburg - Clinical Professor of Executive Education

Dan McAdams - Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology, School of Education and Social Policy

Loran Nordgren - Professor of Management & Organizations

Brooke Vuckovic - Clinical Professor of Leadership

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 46.0 CPE credits.

Continuing Professional Education Information
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

All Kellogg programs that qualify for CPE credits do not have pre-requisites. Advanced readings and case preparation is required. A packet of course materials is emailed to all participants before the program begins.

All Kellogg programs are group-live or internet-based. Program level: Advanced. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact our office at 847-467-6018.

What Participants Say

"[I discovered] lots of actionable ideas that will help me in my journey to become an even better leader. This course gave me many areas to self-reflect on how to take my leadership profile to the next level."
Executive Director, Merck & Co.

"I applaud the content and the structure of the course. The frameworks feel straight forward and set the table for meaningful, hard-hitting personal reflection and dialogue on all dimensions of emotional intelligence. Numerous people will be better off because I found so much value in I learned this week."
Director, Sales Force Effectiveness, TransUnion

“[This] program provided many important insights and learning relative to leadership development. The interaction and engagement between facilitators and colleagues was excellent. I really enjoyed the small group activities and interactions which definitely aided in the learning process.”
Account Executive, Merck & Co., Inc.


VIDEO: Become a more self-reflective, effective leader

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2021 Sessions

April 11-16, 2021

Start: April 11 at 1:00 PM

End: April 16 at 12:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

October 10-15, 2021

Start: October 10 at 1:00 PM

End: October 15 at 12:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208