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Leading from the Inside Out: Know Yourself Before Leading Others

Learn to assess your core leadership strengths and areas for development to become an effective manager/leader. In each session of this comprehensive workshop, there will be a substantial experiential component.

Learning Objectives:

Session 1: Performance Under Pressure

  • Identify your needs for involvement, control and connection, and how these needs affect your interpersonal behaviors
  • Understand how interpersonal competence influences working relationships, hinders productivity, or limits overall career satisfaction
  • Explore how mismatches in these needs may affect both leadership and team performance during times of stress
  • Learn to minimize these difficulties through self-management, self-coaching and getting feedback from others

Session 2: How Others See You

  • Leverage 360 Degree Assessment tool and learn to use feedback to shape growth
  • Focus on perception rather than intention in analyzing behavior
  • Review inherent biases in multi-rater assessments
  • Target individual learning objectives for each participant based on your results
  • Practice peer coaching and behavior experiments, as two paths to improve your leadership based on 360 feedback

Session 3: Improve Your Leadership

  • Explore several specific leadership models, and how emotional intelligence directly affects successful leadership
  • Discover your most commonly used leadership styles
  • Gain practical tools to assess your team members’ readiness and identify the most productive management style for each readiness level
  • Learn how successful leaders adapt their leadership based on the situation or context

Program Description

Most graduate students will eventually find themselves managing and leading others, whatever career path they pursue. Being an effective manager/leader requires hard work and training. Participants take three behavioral assessments designed to identify their ability to self-manage, develop others, think strategically, influence and exert power, build relationships and teams, and achieve results. As part of the assessment process, participants also receive confidential input from colleagues, peers, and advisors (of their choosing) through an online 360-degree feedback instrument. In three 3-hour workshops, participants learn their results and engage in experiential exercises and discussions aimed at learning practical tools to increase their personal leadership effectiveness. The workshop focuses on three core areas of understanding:

  1. How do your interpersonal needs affect your behavior and how you build relationships, and how can you work most effectively with people whose needs differ from yours??
  2. How are you perceived by others in terms of thinking strategically, influencing others, building relationships, achieving results?
  3. How should you lead/work with people who have very different strengths and challenges, and how does unexpected change affect how you manage?


Open and relevant to graduate students at any stage in any discipline or degree. Space is limited. Due to the workshop's interactive format, full participation in all three sessions is required.

If you are accepted to this workshop you must confirm your place by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $100 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the event. You will receive a link to the Agreement and instructions if you are offered a place.

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