Leading With Courage

Leading with Courage

In-Person Program

Leading With Courage

Practice state-of-the-art experiential simulation with physiological and behavioral measures, self-assessment, executive coaching and peer discussions, and discover how best to motivate, influence and manage relationships across your organization.


Successful leaders foster a culture of trust and confidence. To accomplish this they must be able to influence and inspire people at every level, in situations that range from routine to highly stressful. This innovative program will help you improve your understanding of and ability to:

  • Handle high impact situations that test your power and influence.
  • Gain support for your ideas from anywhere in the organization and influence others to achieve joint goals.
  • Exercise your personal leadership style for maximum positive influence.
  • Utilize various sources of power more effectively.

Intended For

Team Leader, Senior Management, Executive






6 days

Program Overview

Practice state-of-the-art experiential simulation with physiological and behavioral measures, self-assessment, executive coaching and peer discussions, and discover how best to motivate, influence and manage relationships across your organization.

  • Explore workplace courage and behaviors that are difficult to adopt, but crucial to organizational success.
  • Adapt and grow as a leader through an experiential leadership lab approach that delivers a highly individualized, personalized self-discovery journey.
  • Work on your own challenging influence situations at work, and get input from others about best practices and next steps.
  • Build skills around issue framing, emotion management, storytelling and other critical aspects of successful persuasion.

There are no prerequisites for participation. Advanced preparation includes:

  • Leading with Courage Pre-Program Survey
    (Learn about your challenges and opportunities.)
  • Workplace Courage Acts Index
  • Pre-program webinar

People can accumulate lots of sophisticated tools (frameworks, formulas, findings and fact patterns) and know which tools are useful for addressing which kinds of managerial problems, but ultimately this won’t be worth much if they don’t have the courage to use those tools when the time arises.

James Detert

Outcomes & Impact

  • Set goals and identify specific courageous behaviors needed to improve your workplace environment.
  • Learn to influence and achieve positive outcomes in difficult and defining moments.
  • Improve your confidence in your ability to persuade key stakeholders and expand your influence.


Leading With Courage counts as one credit toward a Certificate in Leadership. Complete this program and earn three additional credits to earn your certificate.


  • Experienced professionals interested in improving their leadership and influence skills
  • Leaders interested in honing their behavioral response in high-stress, high-impact situations
  • Leaders who need to gain organizational support to develop innovative ideas or solve complex problems
  • High potential leaders with increasing responsibility

In order to be awarded full credit hours, you must be present for the entirety of the program.

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Jim Detert

James (Jim) R. Detert

John L. Colley Professor of Business Administration

Bobby Parmar

Bidhan L. Parmar

Shannon Smith Emerging Scholar in Business, Associate Professor of Business Administration

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsorship

UVA Darden Executive Education offers continuing education credits as part of our commitment to encourage lifelong learning. 

  • Instructional Delivery: Group Live
  • CPE Credits: 32.0
  • Field of Study: Personal Development
  • Program Level: Beginner

Refund/Cancelation/Concern Resolution Policy:

All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to [email protected] with the name of the program, followed by "cancellation" or "transfer" in the subject line. Cancellation or transfer fees may apply. Visit our Registration & FAQ page for full details on transfers and cancellations. 

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please contact us at 1-434-924-3000 or [email protected] to resolve your issue.

UVA Darden School Foundation - Executive Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


Darden School of Business 
100 Darden Blvd  
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

As a participant in this program, materials and some meals are included in your program fee.



Lodging is included with the program fee and will be provided for participants at:
Hyatt Place
2100 Bond Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Hotel accommodations includes breakfast, wifi, and free parking at the hotel.

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Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
Darden School Foundation.