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Using Power Effectively: A Toolkit for Leaders

All Start Dates

  • Time

    3:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

  • Length

    4 consecutive days

  • Cost

    $2,150

  • Registration Deadline

    September 6, 2021

  • Time

    3:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

  • Length

    4 consecutive days

  • Cost

    $2,150

  • Registration Deadline

    November 29, 2021

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Learn how to build and leverage power responsibly to become a more effective leader.

What You'll Learn

It is important to understand and exercise power in order to lead effectively. Led by an expert in power dynamics, negotiation and mediation, this online program is designed to help leaders analyze and leverage interpersonal and structural power dynamics.

In a highly interactive and inclusive online learning environment, you’ll explore your own relationship with power, including how to build and leverage it, both responsibly and successfully. Expand your understanding of power by drawing on applied insights from theoretical frameworks and become more adept at handling situations where power can be easily misused.

Program Benefits

  • Explore your personal relationship with power, and how you can use it to influence favorable outcomes for yourself and others
  • Learn how to acquire power and attain support from your network
  • Build a toolkit that helps you become more influential and constructive in your workplace, including a “power portfolio” of video and slide content
  • Learn how to use power with purpose—even without formal authority
  • Engage in role-play exercises and guided self-reflection to deepen learning
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.

Topics Covered

  • Power—its role, limitations, and theories behind it
  • Gaining and using power responsibly
  • Diagnosing structural “power currency” in organizations
  • Positional vs. earned authority
  • Collaborative approaches compared to power moves in leadership
  • Understanding the uses of power in both conflict-prone situations and collaborative environments

Note: All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded.

Who Should Enroll

Senior and mid-level managers who want to deepen their understanding of what power is and how to use it in an accountable fashion. Additionally, those who want to improve their ability to coach others will find this online offering highly relevant.

Participants are expected to take part in interactive discussions and engage in role-playing exercises in small- and large-group settings. Fluency in spoken English is essential to ensure effective participation in class activities.

September Schedule

Day 1

• Power Domain: Theoretical Background and Usable Resources

Day 2

• Case Discussion & Debrief

Day 3

• Power & Authority

Day 4

• Power Pentagon & Responding to Power Moves

*This schedule is subject to change. 

December Schedule

Day 1

• Power Domain: Theoretical Background and Usable Resources

Day 2

• Case Discussion & Debrief

Day 3

• Power & Authority

Day 4

• Power Pentagon & Responding to Power Moves

*This schedule is subject to change. 

Instructor

  • Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., elevates leaders by coaching them to think like negotiators. He teaches about power dynamics in negotiation and leadership at Harvard’s Professional Development Programs and conducts research at Harvard Business School. A…

Instructor

  • Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan

    Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., elevates leaders by coaching them to think like negotiators. He teaches about power dynamics in negotiation and leadership at Harvard’s Professional Development Programs and conducts research at Harvard Business School. A…

Expand Your Network

With participants from more than 100 different countries and a variety of industries, Harvard Professional Development Programs provide you the opportunity to gain fresh perspectives and unique insights as you learn alongside peers with similar roles who face like business challenges.

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