participants in the Stanford LEAD Program

Leadership Immersion

Select the Foundations of Leadership or Values-Based Leadership course to fulfill the Leadership Immersion requirement. 

Foundations of Leadership

Successful leadership in today’s fast changing and challenging environments requires leaders who are intentional about developing their leadership competencies, clearly articulating their values, and successful at building their personal support systems.


This course is designed to introduce participants to a number of topics and tools that are central to leadership, many of which will be covered in more depth in additional courses that will be taken as part of the certificate. As part of the course, participants will complete a leadership evaluation and receive a comprehensive report using Stanford’s LEAP 360 tool, and the topics of this course will reflect many of the areas of focus in this tool.

Topics covered include:

  • Effective Communication
  • Understanding Others
  • Using Trust and Humility to Build Effective Teams and Organizations
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Self-Coaching
  • Moral Intuitions and Gut Reactions

Foundations of Leadership Faculty

The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior
The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior

Values-Based Leadership

How do we lead with our values? How do we respect the values of others in a diverse organization? How do we design organizations that help ourselves and others act in line with our values? This course explores ethical issues faced by managers and organizations, and provides analytical frameworks as well as the latest findings on human behavior to inform ethical decisions and strategies. Readings involve controversial case studies, insights from psychology and behavioral science, and a brief introduction to philosophical perspectives. Through exercises, surveys, online discussions, and personal reflection participants will clarify their own values, think through managerial dilemmas, discover the diversity of viewpoints among their classmates, practice articulating recommendations compellingly, and find out how to avoid social and cognitive pitfalls that get in the way of values-based leadership.


Topics covered include:

  • Responsibilities an executive has to shareholders, employees, customers, and society
  • Identifying, understanding, and resolving values-based disagreements
  • Overcoming psychological impediments to ethical decision-making and implementing values-based leadership in one’s own life
  • Shaping an organization’s values

Values-Based Leadership Faculty

The David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy
The Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy


Marineh Lalikian
Director, Stanford LEAD Online Business Program Executive Education