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Becoming a Leader: Developing Your Style and Making Sound Decisions

All Start Dates

  • Time

    11:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET

  • Length

    Every Wednesday for 4 weeks

  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    January 24, 2023

  • Time

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive days

  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    August 20, 2023

Becoming a Leader. A woman leader addresses a conference room.

Explore the symbiotic relationship between decision making and leadership to maximize organizational performance.

What You'll Learn

How can you become a better leader?

Designed for first-line and mid-level managers positioned to take on increasing leadership roles in their organizations, this program analyzes the symbiotic relationship between leadership and decision making. It combines theory and practice to inform participants on how effective decisions can be made, as well as how bad decisions can be avoided. Attention will be paid to research in emotional intelligence as a framework for understanding the dual aspects of the decision-making process: intuitive vs. rational, and the respective values of both.

Participants will leave with learned tools and strategies to expand their ability to become more confident leader and decision makers.

Program Benefits

  • Become aware of preferences, leadership styles, and blind spots in both yourself as well as others
  • Learn the importance of emotional intelligence in leadership and decision making, especially cognitive biases and the illusion of rationality
  • Learn how emotional intelligence will contribute to your professional success, and discover your own personal EQ.
  • Understand psychological pitfalls in decision making and how you can set yourself up for success
  • Learn tools and strategies for leveraging your strengths and awareness over the course of your career
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Bases of power and influence throughout an organization
  • Awareness of individual preferences and leadership styles as a tool to becoming a more effective leader
  • Situational leadership over the course of your career
  • Leadership and better decision making through emotional intelligence
  • Tools to manage oneself and others during times of increased pressure

Who Should Enroll

This program benefits emerging leaders who are poised and motivated to take on significant managerial responsibility in their organizations. Those with 3-7 years of experience managing people will find this program most beneficial.

It is highly recommended for those who want to increase and strengthen their awareness of their preferences and leadership styles as a tool to become better leaders and decision makers over the course of their careers.

February Schedule

Week 1
• Introduction to Leadership-And Each Other

Week 2
• Leadership: Emotional Dimensions and Styles

Week 3
• Decision Making: Emotional Intelligence as a Foundation

Week 4
• Decision Making: Challenges & Emotional Management

*This schedule is subject to change.

August Schedule

Day 1
• Introduction to Leadership-And Each Other
• Leadership: Emotional Dimensions and Styles

Day 2
• Decision Making: Emotional Intelligence as a Foundation
• Decision Making: Challenges & Emotional Management

*This schedule is subject to change.


  • PDP Instructor John Korn

    John Korn

    Dr. John Korn is the former Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the former Executive Director of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Doctoral Programs.


  • Laura Wilcox

    Laura Wilcox

    Laura has been in academia for over two decades at the intersection of business, innovation, and education at MIT, MIT Sloan, and Harvard. She is the Director of Management and Finance Programs at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education.

Certificates of Leadership Excellence

The Certificates of Leadership Excellence (CLE) are designed for leaders with the desire to enhance their business acumen, challenge current thinking, and expand their leadership skills.

This program is one of several CLE qualifying programs. Register today and get started earning your certificate.

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