“Going to Duke’s campus for the leadership program was helpful because mentally it forced me to leave the office behind and focus on learning as much as I could from the experience. I most appreciated learning more about contextual and inspirational leadership. For example, it’s important for employees to understand how their work fits into the context of the company’s strategy. As leaders, we should be explaining WHY we’re needing people to take on certain tasks/responsibilities. If they don’t know why, then they may not do their jobs well.” —Daniel Huffman, Manager, Building Products Company
Who Should Attend?
The program is appropriate for anyone who leads and influences others in their work. Professionals who currently have or anticipate having leadership responsibilities, as either an executive or a manager, will gain the most from this curriculum.
Our Duke Leadership Program now features an opportunity to touch base with your faculty and fellow participants once you're back at work. You'll have the ability, through a virtual "class", to learn and discuss a new concept--Leading from the Middle--with the perspective of having taken the skills you learned in the in-person program and implemented them in your own work environment.
Those trying to exercise effective leadership often report feeling caught between groups that have different expectations. We naturally think of being caught in the middle as involving middle managers needing to address competing demands from a boss and subordinates. However, this is much more broadly applicable. For example, CEOs report feeling caught between the expectations of their senior team and their board of directors, or between their employees and regulators. Similarly, middle managers report feeling caught between the inconsistent expectations of different departments. In this session, we will look at the challenges faced by those trying to effectively of lead ‘in the middle’, as well as options for how to address those challenges.
This virtual engagement, held one to two months after the conclusion of the in-person program, is at no additional cost to you. You'll have the benefit of getting additional perspectives on issues or situations not addressed in class, as well as reconnecting with your cohort of participants.
More About the Program
Individual Action Planning
Before starting the program, you’ll identify a set of colleagues to complete a survey which informs our 360-degree assessment of your leadership style. Along with information faculty gather directly from you, this data will become the foundation of your program experience, providing a framework to discuss your leadership style and identify your unique challenges and opportunities. Each day in the program you’ll meet with your assigned coach, a specialist in executive planning as well as the 360-degree leadership assessment. Together you’ll build a personalized action plan with short- and long-term objectives. You’ll create strategies for specific work situations, such as a new assignment or change initiative. You’ll also establish a behavioral plan for your long term leadership performance.
Six Domains of Leadership
The program’s intellectual foundation is the Six Domains of Leadership model, developed by professors Sim Sitkin and Allan Lind. This framework begins with your innate strengths, helps you understand how you are performing in different dimensions, and provides guidance on developing solid and enduring leadership behaviors. As you engage with each element, you’ll start to see the interplay between different domains and how you can build on them to become a more effective leader. The model addresses the full range of skills that are needed to exercise strong leadership and covers the breadth of different leadership scenarios, including:
- Personal Leadership – Building a leadership persona from your personality and values
- Relational Leadership – Forging sound relationships with those you lead
- Contextual Leadership – Providing coherence and team identity
- Supportive Leadership – Protecting your people
- Inspirational Leadership – Motivating exceptional effort
- Responsible Leadership – Ensuring your leadership is balanced and ethical
- Configurational Leadership – Adapting your leadership style
- Leading Change - Apply the leadership domains to the move from old to the new
- Co-leadership – Sharing leadership authority
The curriculum breaks down the act of leadership into easily digestible scenarios. Over 5 days you’ll learn how to:
- Create and project your vision, values, and expertise
- Make your leadership style more intentional and strategic—don’t rely on intuition alone
- Build coherence by clarifying roles, rules, and processes
- Serve as a source of optimism and enthusiasm while eliciting excellence and innovation
- Provide the resources and support to encourage savvy risk taking
- Infuse responsibility, ethical actions, and balance in an organizational setting
- Recognize ways to lead effectively under a variety of conditions/circumstances
- Lead during times of change
- Leading your organization through the challenge of crises
- Create an effective leadership team
Prepare for a 5-day immersion in leadership development. Drawing insights from participants in different industries and functions, faculty engage you in lively debate and analysis. A combination of individual and team assignments ensure you can put what you’re learning into practice. Innovative exercises help you understand different concepts in a visceral way and create new dimensions in your learning. You’ll also spend significant one-on-one time with your leadership coach, working through feedback in your 360-degree personal assessment and developing an action plan.
This won't take long.