Using Power Effectively: A Toolkit for Leaders (Online)

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

In a highly interactive and inclusive online 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.

Note: All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded. The online version of Using Power Effectively: A Toolkit for Leaders will be delivered in its entirety over four days (3.5 hours per day).

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 and constructive 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 online offering highly relevant. Participants are expected to take part in interactive 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

September 28–October 1, 2020
Instructor Eugene B. Kogan

Class Times

2:00—5:30 pm EDT

Program Fee

2020 Program Fee: $1,950


Online (Zoom)


Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., is the Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program. He recently concluded a five-year term as the inaugural Research and Executive Director of Harvard University’s American Secretaries of State Project, which aimed to crystallize diplomatic leadership lessons from 50 years of diplomacy by U.S. Secretaries of State, from William Rogers (1968) to Rex Tillerson (2018).

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