Becoming a Leader: Developing Your Style and Making Sound Decisions (Online)

Designed for first-line and mid-level managers positioned to take on increasing leadership roles in their organizations, this online 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.

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

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 digital 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 online 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.

Program Information

Program Dates

March 1–3, 2021
Instructor Laura Wilcox
June 2–4, 2021
Instructor Laura Wilcox
August 9–11, 2021
Instructor Laura Wilcox

Class Times

March 2021: 3:00—6:30 pm ET
June 2021: 10:00 am—1:30 pm ET
August 2021: 3:00—6:30 pm ET

Program Fee

2020 Program Fee: $1,250
2021 Program Fee: $2,150


Online (Zoom)


Laura Wilcox has been in academia for over two decades at the intersection of business, innovation, and education at MIT, MIT Sloan, and Harvard. Throughout her career in higher education management, she has a proven track record of leading people and teams, driving new initiatives, advising students/faculty/industry leaders, and creating new programs and products.

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