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 a highly 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
  • Understanding the uses of power in both conflict-prone situations and collaborative environments

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 are expected to take part in class 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.

Program Information

Program Dates

March 30–31, 2020
Instructor Eugene B. Kogan
September 28–29, 2020
Instructor Eugene B. Kogan

Class Times

2020 Class Times: 8:30am-4:30pm

Program Fee

2020 Program Fee: $2,895


One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.


Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., is the research director of Harvard University’s American Secretaries of State Project, which aims to crystallize diplomatic leadership lessons from 50 years of diplomacy by U.S. Secretaries of State, from William Rogers (1968) to Rex Tillerson (2018). An expert in coercive negotiations and power dynamics, Dr. Kogan previously served as a Stanton Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He now teaches Using Power Effectively: A Toolkit for Leaders, a Professional Development Program at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education.

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