Strategic Leadership

August 6–7, 2018 $2,750

This program analyzes the symbiotic relationship between leadership and decision making. It combines theory and practice to inform the participants of the latest and best studies on how effective decisions are made, as well as how bad decisions can be avoided. Attention will be paid to recent research in neuroscience on the dual aspects of the decision-making process: intuitive vs. rational, and the respective values of both.

Similarly the qualities that make for an outstanding leader will be discussed, especially in terms of strategic decision making and implementation to maximize results for the organization.

Note: This program was previously titled "Leadership and Decision Making."

Program Benefits

  • The psychological pitfalls in decision making
  • Establishing a culture of decisive action in a company to counteract indecision
  • Coping with “information overload” in decision making
  • Regularly using the decision-making process, and not as a periodic event
  • The importance of psychological self-awareness, especially cognitive biases and the illusion of rationality
  • Personal qualities of successful leaders
  • Models of “transformational leaders” for analysis and application

Topics Covered

  • The dynamics of decision making
  • Psychological aspects of decision making
  • How leadership can be learned
  • The qualities of an effective leader

Who Should Enroll

Leaders and decision makers are not limited to top management in an organization. This seminar appeals to individuals at all levels of authority in all kinds of organizations: corporate, academic, governmental, and service.

Program Information

Program Dates

August 6–7, 2018
Instructor Laura Wilcox, Michael Shinagel

Class Times

Programs run from 9 am to 5 pm.

Program Fee

2018 Program Fee: $2,750


Division of Continuing Education classrooms, One Brattle Square


Michael Shinagel is a Distinguished Service Lecturer and the recipient of the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award. He served as dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard from 1975 to 2013, and was editor of the Continuing Higher Education Review and publisher of the Harvard Review. Shinagel is a recipient of the Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and the Special Recognition Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Laura Wilcox is the director of management programs at Harvard Extension School. For over two decades, she has held a variety of management and student services positions at top-tier universities, including Harvard and MIT Sloan School of Management. Her portfolio includes conducting faculty search and promotions, student advising, and policy development. Wilcox has been a committee member and planner for key industry-wide conferences in the areas of student services and higher education. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a master's degree in management from Harvard Extension School.