Energizing People for Performance

Develop people-engagement strategies

If you have direct or indirect responsibility for the performance of others — whether it’s a small group or a business unit with hundreds of employees — you know it takes more than good leadership skills to develop and motivate staff. Our expert faculty will help you discover how to create and employ people-focused strategies and plans that will ultimately maximize your organization's bottom-line results.

In a collaborative learning environment, you’ll participate in lively classroom sessions and interactive exercises, self-assessments and case studies designed to help you identify your strengths and communication style as you master the processes and tools required to motivate your team to higher levels of performance. You’ll also receive personalized coaching focused on helping you become a more effective manager and leave with a personal action plan for engaging, energizing and empowering your people.

Brenda Ellington Booth / Academic Director

Who Should Attend

  • Middle-, upper- and senior-level executives
  • Human resources professionals
  • High-potential employees who have (or will soon have) significant responsibility for managing and leading others
  • Federal Government managers who have responsibility for motivating employees and fostering their individual growth

Key Benefits

  • Identify strategies to motivate and energize individuals to produce superior bottom-line results
  • Assess your leadership capabilities, communications style and approach to relationships at work to identify areas of strength and opportunity
  • Increase your personal effectiveness as a manager of people through experiential learning focused on practical application
  • Engage in small group discussion with a professional coach and develop a personal action plan you can implement immediately

Program Content

The Energizing Leader

  • Learn the personal and situational facets of leadership that build trust and engagement in the workforce
  • Improve your ability to diagnose performance, communicate expectations and motivate people for results
  • Build awareness of your approach to leading others and of your people’s approach to work, and develop strategies to bridge the gap

Strategies for Energizing Individuals and Teams 

  • Identify the multi-faceted forces that contribute to the success or failure of individual employees and effective methods to manage them
  • Explore the importance of alignment among organizational strategy, culture and leadership to propel performance
  • Acquire core coaching skills for grooming others for leadership and practice them with peers in class
  • Develop strategies for communicating with employees to optimize relationships and elevate performance

Special Feature:

  • One evening during the program, you can choose to join a faculty-facilitated small group coaching session to address your specific people-related challenges and opportunities. This is a chance to draw on the wisdom and experiences of expert faculty members and other seasoned professionals in an intimate, highly personalized setting.


Brenda Ellington Booth - Academic Director; Clinical Professor of Leadership

Karen Cates - Academic Director; Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Gail Berger - Assistant Professor of Instruction, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering; Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership, KACI (Courtesy)

Robert Dewar - Associate Professor Emeritus of Management & Organizations

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 25.0 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: www.nasbaregistry.org.

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 847-467-7000.

What Participants Say

“I highly recommend this program for leaders who are looking for tools to inspire their teams to that next level of performance.”
VP, Business Development, DRS Technologies, Cincinnati Area

“People are the most valuable asset, and we must keep them energized, engaged, and motivated, and this program gives us many tools to use.”
Master Black Belt, Supply Chain Manager, Caterpillar

“The [program] offers deep appreciation and insights into leadership roles and capabilities. The action learning and consulting sessions provide "takeaways" to handle day-to-day leadership challenges.”
Deputy General Manager, Guaranty Trust Bank plc

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2020 Session

November 8-11, 2020

Start: November 8 at 1:00 PM

End: November 11 at 11:45 AM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

2021 Session

May 3-5, 2021

Start: May 3 at 8:00 AM

End: May 5 at 5:00 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

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