Leadership: Making an Impact and Inspiring Your Organization



Course Description

Put aside the overhyped new frameworks. The critical leadership practices – the one that will allow a leader to make the biggest impact over time – are well established. They’re about how you create a vision and inspire others to follow it. How you make difficult strategic choices. How you lead innovation. How you get results. These fundamental skills are even more important today as organizations and teams become increasingly networked, virtual, agile, fast-moving, and socially conscious. This course distills proven ideas and frameworks about leadership from Harvard Business Review, while making the learning very applicable, interactive, and hands-on. Topics include:

  • Building a Vision
  • Developing a Strategy
  • Getting Great People on Boards
  • Focusing on Results
  • Innovating for the Future
  • Leading Yourself


A basic familiarity with the subject matter is helpful, but not required.

Course Outline

Course Outline
Lesson 1: Building a Unifying Vision

  • What is Leadership?
  • How to develop as a Leader: The Six Practices
  • What is a Vision?
  • Elements of a Vision
  • Crafting Your Vision
    • Evaluate Current Vision
    • Develop a Starting Point Vision
    • Engage Stakeholders
    • Align People’s Work to the Vision

Lesson 2: Developing a Strategy

  • What is a Strategy?
  • The Process of Strategy
  • Developing a Process to Make Strategic Choices
    • Set the Stage
    • Set Strategic Goals
    • Understand Your Current Situation
    • Develop Options for Where and How to Compete
    • Assess Options, Engage Stakeholders, and Move Towards Decisions
    • Allocated Resources and Manage Implementation

Lesson 3: Getting Great People on Boards

  • Assembling Your Leadership Team
    • Recruit the Right Leaders
    • Make Tough Decisions
    • Build Your Team and Coordinate an Organization of Teams
  • Harness Performance Feedback
  • Get Through with Tough Feedback
  • Team Feedback
  • Feedback Throughout the Organization
  • Fostering Learning and Development
    • Put Your Time into Top Talent
    • Stretch Your High Potentials
    • Sharing Your Incentives Philosophy
    • Make Your Incentive Philosophy Explicit
  • Shaping a Culture for Executing Your Strategy
  • Define Your Cultural Goals
  • Shift the Culture
  • Harness Performance Feedback
  • Foster Career Development

Lesson 4: Focusing on Results

  • Setting High Performance Goals and Holding People Accountable
  • Rachet Up Expectations
  • Reducing Organizational Complexity
  • Building Capabilities While Growing Results
  • Maintaining Organizational Discipline
  • Get the Right Metrics
  • Set an Effective Organizational Review Cadence
  • Lead Candid Dialog
  • The Leadership Difference

Lesson 5: Innovating for the Future

  • Balancing the Present and the Future
  • Creating the Bandwidth to Focus on the Future
  • Taking a Portfolio Approach
  • Getting Ready for the Future
    • Build a Surplus for Fund the Future
    • Incremental Innovation
    • Set the Horizons for Breakthrough Innovation
  • Shaping the Future
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Corporate Venturing and Partnering
  • Lean Innovation
  • Encourage Controlled Failure
  • Build a Future-Focused Culture
    • Developing a Learning Capability
    • Incentivizing Innovation
    • Modeling Innovative Thinking
    • Sustainability

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