participants in the Stanford LEAD Online Business Program
Stanford LEAD Online Business Program

Building Power to Lead

Innovation means doing new things, and doing some of the same things differently. But regardless of the benefits or the desirability of change, many individuals and groups have a stake in keeping the status quo. That is why getting things done — particularly new things — requires skill in building power and exerting influence.

Course Introduction

This course will foster both your skills in diagnosing problems with organizational dynamics and your ability to develop and use power to get things done.

Key Topics

  • Developing the personal qualities that create power
  • Creating valuable resources
  • Attracting allies and supporters
  • Speaking and acting with power
  • Handling opposition and conflict

This course will employ short lecture videos, multimedia case studies, and both synchronous and asynchronous exercises on which you will receive feedback from your classmates and the teaching staff. The materials are designed to build your power skills and your willingness to use these skills to get things done.