How does your personal leadership style impact others? How can you apply influence without authority? How do you manage upwards and downwards within your organization? The Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power explores the sources and uses of power and teaches influence strategies to help you become a more successful, more collaborative leader.

Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.


Collaboration. Power. Communication. Great leadership requires all three. In this six-day transformative program you'll focus on developing a personal leadership style that inspires innovation in others—your team, your organization, and the outside world. It all starts with a pre-program Leadership Style Questionnaire sent to your team and ends with a personalized 100-day action plan you create to keep you accountable and increase your success.

Day One begins in the classroom where you'll interact with world-class Graduate School of Business faculty and peers from around the globe. You'll explore the sources and uses of power, learn new methods for developing personal influence through collaboration, and understand the role of coaching to empower your teams. Throughout the week you'll use the results of the questionnaire and new insights to develop a leadership action plan tailored to your personal objectives and the needs of your company.

Faculty Director
Other Faculty
Larissa Tiedens

Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Organizational Behavior; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director of the Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power

Professor Tiedens' research is primarily in two areas: (1) the psychology of social hierarchies, and (2) the social context of emotion. She is specifically interested in the psychological processes involved in the creation and maintenance of hierarchical relationships. Her work on emotion is concerned with the effects of emotion on social judgment and with relations between social roles and emotions.

General Atlantic Professor of Marketing

Eugene D. O'Kelly II Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Emeritus

Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior; Codirector of the Executive Leadership Development: Analysis to Action Program

Frank E. Buck Professor of Management; Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Academic Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program

Video Introduction
Join faculty director Larissa Tiedens and past participants to experience Stanford's Executive Program in Leadership (LEADER).
"LEAD is about recognizing that you have the skills and knowledge to be a great individual contributor but really about moving to thinking at an organizational level and thinking about developing other leaders." — Larissa Tiedens, Faculty Director

Join faculty director Larissa Tiedens and past participants to learn how Stanford's Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power (LEAD) will teach you how to both use power and empower others.
Key Benefits

The Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power will help you:

  • Learn how your personal leadership style impacts those around you
  • Develop strategies for using personal power to build strong mutual-influence relationships within your organization
  • Build a strong, cohesive team by leveraging the leadership potential of all members
  • Create a personalized leadership action plan to make you more effective and accountable back at work

Program Highlights

This unique experiential program takes place at the Stanford Barn where you'll learn to lead horses and people through a variety of challenges of increasing complexity. The accurate yet non-judgmental equine feedback creates opportunities for intellectual, emotional, and physical insights. The experiential learning, transformative feedback, and immediate improvement will help you gain the knowledge and tools to be a more successful, authentic, and inspiring leader.

What should management do when a crisis focuses the harsh spotlight of public opinion on their organization? Whether it results from a firm's own missteps (think BP) or from strategic activism or media action (think Greenpeace), crisis is increasingly on the agenda for today's executives. In this session we will explore the skills and organizational structures required to prepare for, and productively manage, a crisis to avoid bringing lasting damage to a firm's reputation.

The ability to function effectively within a hierarchy is a crucial component of leadership, yet many people struggle with "authority issues" that make certain hierarchical roles and positions difficult for them. This session draws on the craft of acting and the concepts of psychology to help you learn how to use them to develop the characters that can play these roles effectively.

Coaching is among the most powerful and yet undeveloped/underutilized skills at a leader's disposal. These two sessions will introduce you to coaching fundamentals (listening, inquiry, reframing, and setting up experiments) as well as provide an opportunity to practice and further develop these competencies.

Who Should Attend?

The Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power will help you take your leadership to the next level. It's specifically designed for:

  • Senior-level executives and general managers with at least seven years of management experience—from any size company, any industry, and any country
  • Leaders with direct reports
SAMPLE Participant Mix
The course was a great combination of theory, interaction, and role playing. It inspired a lot of thought about how to motivate organizations and get the best from people.
– Russ Radom
Vice President, Supplies Category, NA
The practical approach to solving leadership challenges allowed me to return with a fresh outlook on how to resolve several critical issues we faced at the time... I recommend this program to any executives looking to improve their skills and techniques in managing people.
– David Jochim
Senior Vice President and Manager
Union Bank of California
Professor Bradford is truly outstanding; he does an excellent job of involving people, making his points crisply and moving on to the next issue.
– David S. Fines
Chief Administrative Officer
AMB Property Corporation
I enjoyed the practical application of vision, the interesting real-world application of theory.
– William Butler
Vice President/General Manager
Hanson Aggregates


Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.


Ryann Price
Associate Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.497.2927

The Stanford Difference

The Place: Immerse yourself in innovation.
The Experience: Transform your thinking, your career, your company.
The Approach: Challenge yourself with research-based learning and real-world experience.