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Elevated Leadership Program

Hone your strengths to maximize your team's potential.

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After years of outstanding performance, you landed a leadership role. Now you have a team looking to you for support and vision—and you want to lead at your best. For you, and for them.

Yale’s Elevated Leadership Program launches in September 2024 to develop high achievers into exceptional leaders. Combining actionable insights and deep introspection, this dynamic learning experience will strengthen your ability to motivate teams, conquer complex challenges, and catalyze change. 

Join us to hone your emotional intelligence, expand your influence, sharpen your decision making, and foster productive work relationships. Uncover your distinct strengths, then learn how to leverage them for maximum impact. 

You’ll crystallize your unique leadership identity, harnessing the power of purpose and authenticity to move yourself and your team forward.

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Key Benefits

  • Experience both in-person connections and convenient online learning in this blended program of on-campus and live online modules.
  • Identify which unique strengths to harness for authentic leadership through a powerful strengths-based leadership assessment, group coaching sessions, and reflective writing journal exercises.
  • Acquire innovative frameworks for decision-making, accountability, and influence that you can immediately apply in both your professional and personal contexts.
  • Enhance your strategic vision by applying your learnings to a current business challenge through an individual project.
  • Determine the next steps for your ongoing growth by crafting a post-program development plan that leverages insights from group coaching sessions and peer coaching with an accountability partner.

About This Program

  • Develop your authentic leadership style: Utilize insights from introspection and external feedback to leverage your unique strengths and lead with purpose.
  • Expand your leadership impact: Foster a culture of learning and accountability that strengthens relationships, motivates your team, and spurs organizational success.
  • Enhance your emotional intelligence: Deepen your self-awareness and social awareness to manage high-stress situations constructively and improve work performance.
  • Strengthen your capacity to navigate complexity: Make sharper decisions, maximize employee engagement, and drive organizational change.
  • Build meaningful connections with peers from across industries and sectors: Create a valuable network that you can turn to for advice and guidance after the program ends.

This program is designed for mid-level professionals with 10 to 15 years of experience who are entering a new leadership role, striving to achieve higher levels of leadership, or seeking to expand their leadership impact.

If you believe that continuous learning and growth are critical to leadership success, we’d love to hear from you.

The flexible, blended format of Yale’s Elevated Leadership Program enables you to partake in a highly engaging learning experience without sacrificing too much time away from your home and your workplace.

The program consists of one in-person and two live online modules. It begins with one day of live online learning, followed by three days on campus. The final module starts with one day of live online learning and ends with one live online presentation day.

Each module is spread about two weeks apart. This cadence will empower you to immediately put your newfound knowledge into practice, deepening your learning experience.

You will engage in two group coaching sessions. The first will be held during the on-campus module and the second will be live online before the final module. Groups will have access to a team workspace on the online learning platform, so you can stay connected during the program and solicit valuable feedback as you craft your post-program development plan.


Below is a sample of what you can expect to experience in the Elevated Leadership Program. Content and schedule are subject to change.

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Positive Leadership
  • Building Courageous Communities
  • Conscious Accountability
  • Decision Making for Leaders
  • Employee Engagement and Motivation
  • From Workshop to Workplace: Transitioning to the Real World
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Understanding Your Leadership Impact and Debriefing Your Assessment: Reflected Best Self
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Influence and Persuasion: Application
  • Individual Project Presentations


Faculty and lecturers are subject to change.

Faculty Director

James Baron
James Baron

William S. Beinecke Professor of Management

Areas of Expertise: Careers, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Labor Issues, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Design, Social Enterprise, Social Networks, Startups, Strategy, Women in Leadership, Workplace Issues

Professor Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; economic sociology; and entrepreneurial companies. Before coming to SOM in 2006, he taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business from 1982-2006. At Stanford, he taught the MBA core course, Human Resource Management. He was co-director of the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies (SPEC), a large-scale longitudinal study of the organizational design, human resource management practices, and financial and non-financial performance measures of entrepreneurial firms in Silicon Valley. Papers based on the project appeared in leading disciplinary journals, and an overview of the project in California Management Review won the 2003 Accenture Award for making “the most important contribution to improving the practice of management.”

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Heidi Brooks
Heidi Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Areas of Expertise: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Workplace Issues

Heidi Brooks teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations. Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at the Yale School of Management (SOM). Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at Yale SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers. Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. A life-long experiential learner, you can find her as a student in classrooms as far-ranging as improvisational theater and immersion language lessons.

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Zoe Chance
Zoe Chance

Senior Lecturer in Management

Areas of Expertise: Influence and Persuasion, Decision-Making, Behavior Change

Zoe Chance is our resident expert on interpersonal influence. She's a member of the marketing faculty at Yale SOM, teaching the school's most popular elective, "Mastering Influence and Persuasion," as well as workshops for executives around the world. Her recent book, Influence Is Your Superpower, is an international bestseller being published in 28 languages. Zoe earned her MBA from USC and her doctorate from Harvard. Her framework for behavior change is the foundation for Google’s global food policy. Before joining academia, Zoe managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand. Now, she uses her influence to help out with the climate crisis and donates half her book profits to that cause. She wants to help you make great things happen too.

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Emma Seppala
Emma Seppälä


Areas of Expertise: Positive Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Well-being, Social Connection

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is a best-selling author, Yale lecturer, and international keynote speaker. She teaches executives at the Yale School of Management and is faculty director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. A psychologist and research scientist by training, her expertise is the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. Her best-selling book, The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016), has been translated into dozens of languages. Seppälä is also the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

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David Tate
David Tate

Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Lecturer, Yale School of Management

David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist, professionally certified coach, and organizational consultant. He is Principal at Tate Consulting Group, a boutique consultancy that focuses on executive coaching and leadership advising, team design and development, family-owned and closely held enterprises, and promoting healthy organizational development. David has worked with leaders and senior managers in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, media/design, education, technology, and construction.

David is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University, where he received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award. He is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, where he teaches within both the graduate and executive education programs. He also coaches global leaders within the Yale Greenberg World Fellows Program. He is an author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business and the forthcoming book, Conscious Accountability: Deepen Connections, Elevate Results.

David received his BS at Cornell University and his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty. He earned a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute, where he is a Fellow. He is a graduate of the Executive Coaching Academy and has completed additional coaching certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. He earned the designation of Professionally Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.

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Application Information

Program Details

Application Deadline: August 2, 2024

Program dates:
Module 1: September 10, 2024 (live online)
Module 2: September 25–September 27, 2024 (on campus)
Module 3: October 15, 2024 (live online) and October 17, 2024—Presentation Day (live online)

Location: Live online and on campus
Program Fee: $6,800 – Fee includes lodging and most meals. 
Contact: Joanne Legler, Senior Director of Learning Partnerships

How do I explain the benefits of the certificate program to my supervisor?
Download the sample justification letter.

Interested applicants will need to submit:

  • A current résumé
  • A letter of intent (500 words maximum) which includes: 
    • A description of your role within your organization, including any leadership responsibilities. 
    • How your experience has prepared you to participate in the Elevated Leadership Program.
    • Your short-term professional goals and how the Elevated Leadership Program will prepare you to achieve them.
    • The unique contributions you will bring to the cohort.

Both documents can be uploaded as either a PDF or word document to the application form. 

Professional achievement and organizational responsibility are the main criteria for admission. There are no previous formal education requirements for admission. Acceptance is subject to the approval of the Yale School of Management Executive Education program committee. 

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received, and you can expect to be notified within two weeks from submitting a completed application.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Joanne Legler, Senior Director of Learning Partnerships. 

Download our justification letter to guide conversations with an employer about fee assistance.

Yale SOM Executive Education offers a 15% reduction in program fee for:

  • Those who work in the nonprofit sector. (Apply NONPROFIT code at time of registration.)
  • Those who work in government. (Apply GOV code at time of registration.)
  • Yale University alumni. (Apply YALEGRAD code at time of registration.)
  • Groups of 3-6 participants. Groups can be from an organization or be self-formed.
  • Those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program with Yale SOM or 2U/GetSmarter.

Discounts cannot be combined.

Refunds are allowed for live online and in-person programs if requested in writing to the Yale Executive Education Registrar.  The Yale Executive Education Cancellation Terms are as follows:

Request for change in registration/cancellation Refund provided
30 days, or more, prior to Program start date 100% Program Fee Refund Provided
15-29 days prior to Program start date 50% Program Fee Refund Provided
14 days, or less, prior to Program start date No Refund Provided

Yale reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs if enrollment is deemed insufficient or health and safety would otherwise be jeopardized.  Yale School of Management is not responsible for any travel or incidental costs incurred by a registrant if a program becomes canceled. If a program is canceled by Yale, a full refund of fees paid will be processed within 30 days. 

While it is our goal to deliver our programs as scheduled, we may postpone programs, deliver them online, or cancel them. If one of our programs has a scheduling change, we will notify those affected as soon as possible.   


Preview image for the video "Open House for Yale's Elevated Leadership Program".
Associate Director of Learning Design, Gypsy Garcia, discusses the Elevated Leadership Program's unique approach to developing critical leadership skills.