Great leaders are made

When you understand your own leadership style you help your team—and the entire organization—become more effective. Designed for professionals at all levels, the Duke Leadership Program (virtual) draws on research in organizational behavior, sociology, psychology, and political science to support your individual development.

After going through a proprietary 360-degree assessment, administered by our executive coaching partner, you’ll explore the different ways you lead and identify individual challenges and opportunities. Throughout the program you’ll work one-on-one with an executive coach to interpret feedback and develop a customized plan to achieve your goals.

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“I learned a lot from the 360 leadership survey comparing my perception of my leadership skills with what my colleagues think. Strengths that I was confident about years ago weren’t recognized as strengths anymore.  The trust that my teams had in me prior to recent organizational changes had waned.  As a result, I have resolved to spend more time with my staff in formal and informal ways to help them interpret what the organizational changes mean to them.  I also include my staff in more prioritization decisions, and problem-solving that impacts their work.” Walt Foley, Managing Director, Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation


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.


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Over four half-day, live-streamed virtual sessions, you will engage in team-based case discussions, cohort case assessments, and virtual exercises about different leadership types and when they are most effective. Drawing insights from participants in different industries and functions, the faculty will engage you in lively debate, analysis, and application. 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.

To participate in this course you will need to have a working webcam, built in or attached, and have downloaded the Zoom Cloud Meeting app onto your laptop.

If you have any questions about this requirement, call the Duke Executive Education team at +1.919.660.8011 or Toll Free +1.800.372.3932, or email us at

Individual Action Planning

Before starting the program, you’ll identify a set of colleagues to complete a proprietary survey which informs our 360-degree assessment of your leadership style. Along with information  gathered 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. Prior to the program and each day of the program, you’ll meet with your assigned coach, a specialist in executive planning as well as the 360-degree leadership assessment. Together you will:

  • Build a personalized action plan with short- and long-term objectives
  • Create strategies for specific work situations, such as a new assignment or change initiative
  • 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
  • Inspirational Leadership – Motivating exceptional effort
  • Supportive Leadership – Protecting your people to enable them to act
  • Responsible Leadership – Ensuring your leadership is balanced and ethical
  • Configurational Leadership – Matching leader strengths to situational needs
  • Co-leadership – Effectively sharing leadership with others

Program Objectives

The curriculum breaks down the act of leadership into easily digestible scenarios. Over 4 days you’ll learn how to:

  • Create and project your vision, values, and expertise
  • Make your leadership 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
  • Create an effective leadership team

Sample Schedule

A one and half hour cohort introduction will be held during the week prior to the program. You will be required to prepare roughly one hour of pre-work for the orientation session. This session will be conducted by the program faculty, Sim Sitkin and Allan Lind, and the Duke Executive Education team.


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Session 1

Pre-work Requirement
1.5 hours

Introduction & Configurational Leadership
Team-based & cohort case discussion
Faculty: Sim Sitkin
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Personal Leadership
Team-based case discussion & virtual exercise
Faculty: Allan Lind
10:45 am - 12:15 pm


Session 2

Pre-work Requirement
1.5 hours

Relational Leadership
Team-based case discussion & virtual exercise)
Faculty: Allan Lind
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Contextual Leadership
Team-based case discussion & virtual exercise
Faculty: Sim Sitkin
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Individual Coaching
Scheduled between 7:00 - 9:00 am or 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Duration--90 minutes

Session 3

Pre-work Requirement
1.5 hours

Inspirational Leadership
Team-based case discussion & virtual exercise
Faculty: Allan Lind
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Supportive Leadership
Team-based case discussion & virtual exercise
Faculty: Allan Lind
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Individual Coaching
Scheduled between 7:00 - 9:00 am or 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Duration--90 minutes


Session 4

Pre-work Requirement
1.5 hours

Responsible Leadership
Team-based case discussion
Faculty: Sim Sitkin
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Co-Leadership & Closing
Team-based case discussion & virtual exercise
Faculty: Sim Sitkin
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Group Coaching (3-4 participants per coach)
Scheduled between 7:00 - 9:00 am or 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Duration--2 hours

Program Registration Calendar

Cohort Introduction
November 28, 2023 - 1:30pm
Registration Cost
Advanced Registration
Advanced Registration Price available through October 6, 2023
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Fuqua professor Sim Sitkin

Sim Sitkin

Sim B. Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor, Professor of Management and Public Policy, Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University.  Professor Sitkin has extensive, worldwide consulting and executive education experience with many corporations, nonprofit, and government organizations, including Alcoa, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Deutschbank, Ericsson, PwC, Siemens, and the U.S. Department of Justice. His research focuses on leadership and control systems, their influence on risk taking, accountability, trust, learning,  and innovation, and how they empower organizational members to become more capable of change and innovation.  His most recent books are Organizational Control, The Six Domains of Leadership, and The Routledge Companion to Trust.


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Fuqua professor Allan Lind

Allan Lind

Allan Lind is the James L. Vincent Professor of Leadership at Fuqua. His teaching interests center on leadership and global management issues, while his research agenda includes the study of leadership, organizational fairness, business relationships, organizational behavior, and conflict management. Professor Lind’s consulting and professional experiences include work with Siemens, bioMerieux, Areva, URS-Washington Division, Deutsche Bank, Glaxo Smith Kline, Micron Technologies, and the U.S. Federal Judiciary.

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Certificate Requirements: Attendance to the Duke Leadership Program and three electives within a three year period. More