Leading High-Impact Teams

How to build and lead a powerful, successful team

This long running, always inspiring program focuses specifically on how you can optimize your personal performance as a team player and your effectiveness as a team leader. This immersive experience is comprised of thought leadership from the forefront of contemporary management practice.

In a highly collaborative, interactive atmosphere, you’ll explore the intricacies of internal and external team dynamics and how to manage them. Our top-tier faculty will guide you through how to structure teams to maximize effectiveness, resolve conflict, persuade others and unleash your team’s full potential. Through personal assessment, you’ll create a tailored plan to improve your leadership skills and leave better equipped to create a positive and supportive team culture within your organization.

“There were ample opportunities to participate and learn from others. The people and connections make this class. Without the one–on–one or small group sessions, it would not be as effective. It's all about connections with people.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

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.


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Personal Consultation

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Who Should Attend

  • Leaders and members of formally structured organizational teams including Federal Government agencies
  • Members of an ad hoc workforce or a team with a new mission
  • Individuals seeking to improve the effectiveness of teams in their organizations

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Key Benefits

  • Structure team roles to maximize potential
  • Set clear and engaging goals
  • Resolve conflict effectively
  • Communicate passionately
  • Advocate for change persuasively
  • Unlock your team's creative potential
  • Create a positive and supportive team culture

Program Content

The Team Performance Equation

  • Evaluate leadership and communication styles
  • Conduct a team performance analysis
  • Explore four types of high-performing teams and the primary threats to team effectiveness
  • Optimize the performance of virtual teams and teams that work across distances

Power and Influence in Teams

  • Understand open-loop versus closed-loop networks
  • Build and mobilize organizational capital

Creativity and Innovation

  • Lead effective brainstorming
  • Sharpen convergent and divergent thinking skills
  • Successfully sell creative ideas in your organization

Leading Teams

  • Create an environment conducive for “good” conflict
  • Understand challenges in getting team members to learn from one another
  • Move beyond agendas and opinions to reveal the facts
  • Discover the real value of diversity in teams

Managing Multicultural Teams

  • Understand key cultural style differences
  • Leverage cultural differences into high-quality team decisions

Emotional Intelligence and Team Coaching

  • Assess your EQ versus your IQ
  • Develop a personal plan to increase your EQ
  • Create a community of active communication


Leigh Thompson - Academic Director; J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations Professor of Management & Organizations

Jeanne Brett - Professor Emeritus of Management & Organizations

Mark Rittenberg - Lecturer, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

What Participants Say

“Once again Professor Thompson provided interesting and pertinent information; no doubt she is an expert in her field. Always a pleasure to hear from and learn from Professor Thompson.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“Great program! Good job.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“This was a fun collaborative experience that inspired me to purchase Professor Thompson’s book.”

Participant, Live Virtual Program

“Attending this [program] was an inspiring experience. Being amongst such [highly accomplished] professionals as classmates in a stimulating environment, fueled by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the session leaders, was an experience I would recommend to anyone.”

COO, US & Canada, Brightstar US & Canada

“The attendees came from different types of companies and the class was conducted in a practical way so we could use each others' experiences to learn. All the information shared in the class could be incorporated immediately in our current jobs.”

Senior Program Director, Pathways Awareness Foundation

“This program provided a very realistic approach to the challenges we all meet everyday. I was impressed with the effort to ensure that the information reviewed could be applied to everyday life.”

District Sales Manager, Medtronic

2022 Sessions

February 21-25, 2022

Start: February 21 at 8:30 AM

End: February 25 at 12:00 PM

Format: Live Virtual Program

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October 3-7, 2022

Start: October 3 at 8:30 AM

End: October 7 at 12:00 PM

Format: Live Virtual Program

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Kellogg School of Management

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