Using Power Effectively: A Toolkit for Leaders

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

In an interactive and inclusive 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 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 University 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

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 program highly relevant. Participants must be prepared to engage in class discussions and role-playing exercises.

Program Information

Program Dates

October 9–10, 2019
Instructor Eugene B. Kogan
March 30–31, 2020
Instructor Eugene B. Kogan

Class Times

Programs run from 9 am to 5 pm.

Program Fee

2019 Program Fee: $2,850


One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.


Eugene B. Kogan is Research Director of the American Secretaries of State Project, a joint initiative of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School. Dr. Kogan is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He is working on a book about nuclear negotiations based on his Brandeis University doctoral thesis, which was awarded the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s Raiffa Award for the Best Student Doctoral Paper.  Dr. Kogan has given executive and professional development lectures in Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education, Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Paris School of International Affairs.

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