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.

Faculty Office Hours

  • During the program, all participants will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one discussion time with faculty
  • Office hours are the perfect opportunity for participants to raise specific questions about how program learning and content may apply to their organizations and responsibilities

This program is offered in both in-person and live virtual formats that are designed to deliver a rich learning experience, including the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in real-time discussions, group breakouts, and lecture sessions.


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Personal Consultation

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Who Should Attend

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

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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 Executive Education

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

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

Fred Harburg - Clinical Professor of Executive Education

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

Brooke Vuckovic - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

What Participants Say

“I thought the program was really great. This is my second course and once again you have [exceeded] my expectations. Despite [it] being virtual, it was easy to maintain connections and develop relationships with the lecturers and participants.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

"[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 what 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.

2024 Sessions

September 9-13, 2024

Start: September 9 at 1:00 PM

End: September 13 at 1:00 PM

Format: In-Person at Allen Center on Evanston Campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

December 2-6, 2024

Start: December 2 at 1:00 PM

End: December 6 at 1:00 PM

Format: In-Person at Allen Center on Evanston Campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

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