Power and Leadership: Getting Below the Surface

  • Successful leaders foster a culture of trust and confidence — reawaken your ability to influence and inspire people at every level.

    • Gain support for your ideas from anywhere in the organization and achieve results
    • Understand the sources and uses of power, and which are most effective for you
    • Explore your personal leadership style and how it affects others
    • Influence others to achieve joint goals
  • Program Overview

    Leverage self-assessment, experiential simulation, coaching and peer discussions to discover how to best motivate, influence and manage relationships across your organization.

    • Begin with a pre-program call to understand your specific needs and challenges, and ends with a customized action plan
    • Interact with Darden faculty and participants from around the world through leadership simulations and case discussions
    • Work on your own challenging influence situations at work and get input from others about best practices
    • Build and practice skills around framing and emotion management
    • Gain research driven insights around leadership and power 
    • Practice telling compelling stories

    Outcomes & Impact

    • Understand the sources and uses of power and which sources are most effective for you and your organization
    • Build more intentional relationships and networks
    • Learn how to influence others to achieve joint goals
    • Understand how to influence up, laterally, and down in your organization
    • Learn about your personal style and how it affects others
    • Understand and avoid any personal leadership pitfalls


    Power and Leadership counts as one credit toward a  Certificate in Leadership. Complete this program and earn three additional credits in a four-year period to earn your certificate.


      • Those interested in improving their leadership and influence skills
      • High potential leaders with increasing responsibility
      • Executives with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience


      James R. Detert (Jim)

      James R. Detert (Jim)

      Leadership and Organizational Behavior
      Bidhan L. Parmar

      Bidhan L. Parmar

      Strategy, Ethics and Entrepreneurship


      Darden School of Business 
      100 Darden Blvd. 
      Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

      As a participant of this program, accommodations and most meals are included in your program fee.