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Business Today Demands That You Bridge the Global Divide

Duke Executive Education's Global Leadership Workshop: Bridging Distance and Differences is a unique program, designed to help professionals lead:

  • Culturally diverse teams
  • Multi-generational teams
  • Men and Women
  • Geographically diverse Teams

Drawing on research in organizational behavior, sociology, psychology and political science, you'll develop skills to adapt your leadership style and message when supervising, building collaboration with, and leveraging the strengths of your global teams.


Course Objectives

The Global Leadership Workshop will give you the tools to lead diverse and geographically dispersed groups. Before the course starts, you'll complete a pre-workshop survey on the cultural differences that exist between you and your teams. As you progress through the program, you'll develop a "road map" to help you build a unique, personalized action plan to close the gap between you and those you lead.

The Global Leadership Workshop will help you to:

  • Exercise your personal leadership across distance and difference.
  • Lead younger and older reports and associates.
  • Understand how cultural differences affect leadership best practices.
  • Appreciate others' cultural values.
  • Understand the differences between leading women and leading men.
  • Modify your leadership style to reach people of different disciplines or professional training.
Topics & Schedule
A typical workshop schedule could include:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
7:30 - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Review/Overview of Six-Domains of Leadership
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00am
Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Challenges of Distance & Difference for Leaders

A Model for Leadership

Two Tools:  Value Sorts & Divides Mapping

9:00 am -12:00 pm
Leading across Generations

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Distance Leadership
12:00 pm -1:00 pm
12:00 pm -1:00 pm
12:30 pm -1:30 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Video Case
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Video Case
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Planning Leadership
Actions & Metrics

Using Co-Leadership

Program Close
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Leading Across Cultures
3:30 pm -6:00 pm
Leading across Gender Differences
Who Should Attend

The Global Leadership Workshop: Bridging Distance and Differences is ideal for:

  • Professionals who supervise teams or contractors located in different countries.
  • Professionals who need to learn to navigate cultural, generational, or gender diversity.


patrick moretonPatrick Moreton is the Associate Dean for Duke Kunshan University (DKU) graduate programs and conference center programming based in Kunshan, China. He is a member of the team developing DKU which will be run by Duke University in cooperation with Wuhan University and the Kunshan Government. Before joining Duke University, he was with the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was an assistant professor of strategy from 1999 to 2004 and an award-winning teacher. From June 2004 until March 2012 he was the managing director of the Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA program, a joint educational venture between Washington University and Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Under his leadership, the program was ranked 1st in Mainland China five times and as high as 7th in the world by the Financial Times of London.

After completing his undergraduate studies with a double major in Biochemistry and Economics, Professor Moreton worked for 6 years in San Francisco and Boston as a management consultant, completing projects in commercial and retail banking, consumer products, and electric power generation. He then went on to receive his MBA from Harvard's Business School and graduated as a Baker Scholar, the highest honor awarded to graduating MBA students. He stayed at Harvard as a Charles M. Williams Research Fellow and wrote more than a dozen Harvard Business School case studies in finance, business ethics, and business-government relations. His doctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley focused on competition and pricing in the wireless communications industry. He continues to write, lecture, and teach regularly in the area of business strategy and is particularly interested in the role that human resources play in a firm's efforts to gain and sustain a competitive advantage.

Patrick is the chair of the Education &Training Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and frequently speaks on leadership development for multinationals in China. Over the last 10 years, he has coached and trained, in cross cultural management and teamwork, over 400 senior managers from China, Europe and North America, many of whom work for Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Exxon Mobile, Microsoft, Intel, Siemens, P&G, AstraZeneca, Unilever, GM, Volkswagen, and Bank of China.

In addition to being a Certified Experience Point Leading Change Simulation facilitator, Professor Moreton has taught cross cultural leadership to senior executives working at China's largest state-owned enterprises which sit directly under the control of the central government's State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).