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.


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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

Leslie DeChurch - Professor of Communication Studies, School of Communications, Northwestern University; Director, ATLAS Lab (Advancing Teams, Leaders, and Systems)

Tanya Menon - Associate Professor at Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University

Loran Nordgren - Professor of Management and Organizations

David Schonthal - Clinical Professor of Strategy; Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Kellogg; Faculty Director of Zell Fellows Program; Director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice

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

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2024 Sessions

October 7-11, 2024

Start: October 7 at 8:00 AM

End: October 11 at 12:00 PM

Format: Live Virtual Program

Accepting registrations through September 30


Kellogg School of Management

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