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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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Defining Your Personal Leadership Style

Olin’s executive education programs help effective managers become authentic leaders.

Author, professor, and management consultant Peter Drucker explains the difference: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

The transformation requires new ways of thinking and behaving, along with more nuanced strategic and people skills. At Olin, you can gain these skills through a wide variety of degree and nondegree offerings.

EMBA measurement, assessment, feedback, and coaching

You begin the Executive MBA program by measuring your leadership competencies, assessing your strengths and identifying areas that need improvement – benchmarks you revisit on a regular basis.

Case studies, team exercises, and simulations help you clarify your personal leadership style and your ability to develop other professionals within your organization. The combination of theory and application, practice and more practice accelerates learning. Peer and faculty feedback and coaching reinforce skill building.

Positive, transparent stakeholder relationships

Midway through the program, you attend a weeklong residency on formal and informal leadership. The residency includes a forum on corporate governance that focuses on building positive, transparent relationships with the stakeholders in your organization.

Second-year courses examine the effect of leadership performance on three top-level management themes: innovation and creativity, growth and sustainability, and global and emerging markets.

Nondegree executive leadership development

The business school offers two nondegree certificate programs in leadership: Leadership for High Performance and the Women’s Leadership Forum. Organizations interested in one- or two-day leadership seminars have numerous choices in 2014, including the new Shaping an Authentic Leader for Vital Action and Sustainable Impact and Tribal Leadership: Transforming Team Culture for Higher Achievement. View nondegree leadership options.

Master of Science in Leadership program

Brookings Executive Education – a partnership between Washington University and the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan public policy organization in Washington, D.C. – provides the Master of Science in Leadership degree for federal government professionals looking to acquire the requisite skills for Senior Executive Service.



Elaine Haynes | EMBA 39

"The EMBA helped me understand and adapt to our new corporate direction and to guide my team with greater skill."

Read Elaine's Story