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 neuroscience on 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. This online offering is a condensed version of Becoming a Leader: Developing Your Style and Making Sound Decisions and will run over two days (3.5 hours per day).

Program Benefits

  • Identify your leadership style and your blind spots
  • Understand psychological pitfalls in decision making and how you can set yourself up for success
  • Coping with stress and pressure to maximize better decision making
  • The importance of self-awareness, especially cognitive biases and the illusion of rationality
  • Earn a digital Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • The dynamics of decision making
  • Psychological aspects of decision making
  • How leadership can be learned
  • Gaining and using self-awareness as a tool to become a better leader

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 5-7 years of experience managing people will find this program most beneficial. It is highly recommended for those who want to strengthen their leadership skills and establish a culture of decisive action.

Program Information

Program Dates

September 28–29, 2020
Instructor Laura Wilcox
November 4–5, 2020
Instructor Laura Wilcox

Class Times

1:00—4:30 pm EDT

Program Fee

2020 Program Fee: $1,250


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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