Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Program Description

Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives

Stanford Graduate School of Business

As they ascend the management ladder, many senior executives find that the soft skills of leadership constitute their hardest challenges. Furthermore, most executives have come to rely on a familiar set of behaviors and skills. Recent data shows that top-performing leaders exhibit high emotional intelligence; they are able to adapt interpersonally and thrive in a diverse range of situations. Based on two of the Graduate School of Business' most popular and longstanding courses, this program's unique T-group methodology and 12-1 faculty ratio provide a highly personalized learning experience for each individual participant. In this highly interactive program, senior-level executives learn how to engage in productive interpersonal exchanges, assess the impact of their own behaviors and leadership style, and excel at creating more powerful, professional relationships in a variety of contexts.

Content Overview

As a business leader, you live in an increasingly interdependent world where you need others to get your work done. As you move up the leadership hierarchy, "command and control" no longer works as the major source of power - the ability to influence others becomes the determining factor for success. This workshop focuses on improving your emotional intelligence via the T-Group (Training Group) methodology. In small, experiential group settings, you will observe how your individual behavior affects others in real time, customize your learning based on those observations, practice key leadership skills with peer feedback, and experience the power that comes from being more fully yourself while becoming more effective. Topics include influence in a direct, non-coercive way, how to address contentious work style conflicts, giving and receiving developmental feedback through "supportive confrontation", creating open, trustful, work environments. The afternoon application sessions transfer learning directly to participant's work situation. Class size is limited to 36 participants (divided into T-groups of 12) to ensure maximized interaction with faculty and peer teams.

This unique program, hailed as nothing less than transformative, was developed from 30 years of Professor Bradford and his colleagues' work. The program is offered as part of the Stanford MBA curriculum. Business executives now will have the opportunity to benefit from this personally rewarding experience.

Key Takeaways


-Skills for developing, managing and adapting personal style and behavior to a wider range of constituents for more effective leadership
-Frameworks and practice for inviting and providing feedback that strengthens performance and relationships
-Understanding of how to surface problems directly and fully without damaging relationships and to reach quality outcomes
-Expansion of self-knowledge, broadening repertoire and adaptation of behaviors as situations require
-Application plans where participants apply the program learnings to their own specific work situations and commit to a set of concrete implementation goals
-Follow-up coaching within two months of the program to help participants implement their application plan


The program is hosted at a stunning hillside retreat with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The historic Chaminade Executive Conference Center offers executives a secluded mission-style retreat where they can immerse themselves in the program, away from the distractions of work, campus life, and city living.


One Week

Target audience

This program is designed for senior-level executives and general managers with at least seven years of management experience. It is appropriate for executives from organizations of any size and in any industry.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Mar. 2017
1 week
Part time
10,500 USD
Start date Mar. 2017
USA Stanford, California
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 week
Price 10,500 USD