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Women’s Leadership Program: Leading Teams

Gain the skills to maximize your influence and impact through improved decision-making, leveraging your network, and everyday leadership moments.

Women offer unique skills that are well-suited to leading within the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment organizations face today. However, they remain underrepresented at all levels of leadership and decision-making worldwide. Women’s Leadership Program: Leading Teams equips women leaders with the skills, mindsets, and behaviors needed to excel in their role.

The six-week asynchronous online program focuses on three key themes of leadership: decision-making, networks, and the value in everyday moments. Guided by expert faculty, you’ll gain practical approaches and resources, such as the Vroom-Yetton-Jago model, that can be applied in your unique context. You’ll also learn to leverage your authentic leadership style as you engage with a global network and elevate your ability to lead others effectively.

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A team of women working in a break out room in Yale SOM's Evans Hall
Woman listens to a member of her team speak

About the Program

What to Expect

  • Gain tools and strategies to improve your leadership impact and lead individuals and teams effectively
  • Build the confidence and agility to adapt to the changing leadership landscape as you grow into a future-ready leader
  • Learn to assess your unique network type in order to authentically build and strengthen a network for your specific context
  • Develop a clearer, broader perspective of women’s leadership as you engage with a global network of like-minded professionals

Who Should Attend

  • Senior leaders, including those in the C-suite, directors, and business founders looking to have more impact in their professional lives
  • Managers with titles such as operations manager or general manager who want to prepare for the next level of leadership
  • Aspiring leaders ready to step up or simply exercise greater influence in their existing role  
  • Experienced professionals such as consultants and project managers looking to upskill and learn more about leadership

Agenda

  • Orientation module
  • Module 1: Decision-making for team leaders 
  • Module 2: Contextual leadership and decision-making for teams
  • Module 3: Understanding your network
  • Module 4: Leveraging your network
  • Module 5: Leadership in the everyday
  • Module 6: The future of leadership

Faculty

Program Co-Conveners

Heidi Brooks
Heidi Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

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

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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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Marissa King
Marissa King

Professor of Organizational Behavior

Areas of Expertise: Analytics, Behavioral Science, Big Data, Business-Government Relations, Ethics, Health Care, Innovation, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Design, Public Health, Social Networks

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Professor King’s research examines social networks, social influence, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of work analyzes the role social networks played in the prescription drug abuse epidemic. She is also interested in how to effectively leverage networks to treat opioid use disorders and address the loneliness epidemic. Professor King is the author of Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection. Her research and book have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, among other outlets. 

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Emma Seppala
Emma Seppälä

Lecturer, Yale School of Management

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

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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.

Seppälä’s research has been published in top academic journals and featured in major news outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and CBSNews. She speaks and consults internationally for Fortune 500 companies like Google and Facebook and contributes to Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and TIME, among others.

A repeat guest on Good Morning America, she also spoke at TedX Sacramento and TEDx Hayward. Her research on breathing for military veterans with trauma was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind. She is also featured in documentaries like The Altruism Revolution, What You Do Matters, and Bullied.

Seppälä is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and initiating other well-being programs for Stanford students.

She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

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Registration Information

Program Details

Registration close: September 27, 2022
Program starts with orientation: October 05, 2022

There are no prerequisites for this program. Register to get started. Our online program partner, GetSmarter, will welcome you and guide you through the steps to secure your place in the program.

Program Fee Assistance

A program fee reduction of 15% is available for those from nonprofits, Yale graduates, small groups of 3+, and those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program with Yale SOM, ExecOnline, or 2U/GetSmarter.

This program does not qualify for veteran financial aid or veterans benefits at this time.

Program Collaborator

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This program is presented entirely online in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

View the online Women’s Leadership Program: Leading Teams on the GetSmarter website. 

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.