Executive Decision Making and Leadership

Course Description

Making decisions in a dynamic fast-paced business environment is a challenge for most employees. Decision making and problem solving skills become critical when moving into leadership roles in order to drive business growth. Leaders with a developed system for effective decision making are best equipped to lead their teams through times of uncertainty.

In this program, participants will learn to use the Vroom model for decision making to determine how to maximize their decisions at work.  They will learn to examine each decision-making situation in order to determine the extent to which their direct reports and associates should be involved in the decision. Participants will receive detailed feedback which allows them to examine their own “natural” style and determine methods to maximize the benefits of involving their employees in business decisions.  “Maximizing” means choosing the decision-making process that produces the best possible decision alternative with the best chances of effective implementation.  Taken into account are the importance of time, decision quality, implementation, and employee development.  

Vroom Assessment

All participants must complete a pre-program decision making assessment. The assessment consists of 30 brief scenarios which will take approximately 90 minutes to two-hours to complete. We recommend completing the assessment in two separate sittings. The assessment is critical to participation in the workshop and must be completed in advance. Failure to complete the assessment will result in the inability to fully engage and benefit from this program.

Key Takeaways

Current and emerging leaders will receive practical, insightful guidance and actionable tools on how to:

  • Evaluate decision making contexts
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of participative decision making
  • Understand the five forms of leader decision making
  • Apply the normative leader decision making model to case studies
  • Evaluate one’s own decision making style as well as empirically-based advice on how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of one’s decisions

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for both new, emerging, and experienced leaders wishing to enhance their decision making skills, effectiveness, and implementation success.  Interested participants are encouraged to attend individually or in teams from their organizations.

Certificate in Leadership

Executive Decision Making and Leadership is one of a series of open enrollment leadership programs. By completing four of the offered workshops, participants will earn a Certificate in Leadership from the School of Business’ Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character and Wake Forest Executive Education. An Executive Education certificate is an opportunity to immerse yourself in topics of key personal interest and professional development. It is recognition for the commitment to advancing your career. Refine fundamental skills, explore new topics of interest, or address challenges being faced in your organization. Certificates are earned by completing four of the offered leadership courses. You will have up to two years to earn your certificate, so you can join a track at any point. For additional information about completing the certificate please contact the Executive Education team at execedinfo@wfu.edu.

Registration and Payment Form

This is an open enrollment program. Application is not required. Course registration is complete when payment is processed. Upon registration, a representative of Wake Forest will contact you to validate the registration information and to assist in fee payment.

This program is now full and has moved to a waitlist. If you are interested in participating please reach out to execedinfo@wfu.edu

to inquire about space availability. 

Additional Program Information

September 20, 2022 –  Program begins promptly at 8:15 am and will wrap-up no later than 4:30 pm.

The cost of the program is $850 and includes the Vroom assessment, materials, continental breakfast and lunch, and is due in full at time of registration. Wake Forest University alumni, faculty, and staff receive a 25% tuition discount. If multiple participants are interested in attending from your organization, please contact us for multi-attendee discount information. For more information please send an email to execedinfo@wfu.edu.

Wake Forest Charlotte Center

200 N. College Street,  Suite 150

Sherry MossSherry Moss received her Ph.D. in 1991 from Florida State University. She is currently the Benson-Pruitt Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Business at Wake Forest University.  She has served as the Director of the Full Time MBA Program at Wake Forest and as the Area Chair for the Management Faculty. Before coming to Wake Forest in 2005, she was an Associate Professor and Director of the Executive MBA Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. 

 Her research interests include leadership, abusive supervision, multiple jobholding, authenticity and meaningful work. Her research has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Executive and Nature. Her two current research interests are abusive supervision (especially bullying in academic science) and multiple jobholding.

  • 7:45 – 8:15 Arrival and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 – 8:30 Introductions and program overview
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Session 1 – The decision-making context
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 – 11:45 Session 2 – Practice & application with cases
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Morning recap & group review
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:30 Session 3 – Understanding differences in decision making
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 – 4:00 Session 4 – Assessment results & next steps
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Review and group discussion

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in paper format at the beginning of the workshop. Electronic materials can be provided upon request.

Program Cancellation

This course is offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment. If a course must be canceled, all registered participants will be notified at least five (5) calendar days before the course’s start date. All registered participants will receive a 100% tuition refund. No fees will be charged for canceled courses.

Individual Cancellation – Refund Policy

Prospective participants who withdraw at least 10 days prior to the start of a course will receive a full refund of tuition paid. 

Vroom Assessment

This workshop requires an assessment administered by the Decision Making for Leaders group. Once the assessment is distributed to participants, the assessment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

For More Information

For more information, or to speak with a program adviser, please send an email to execedinfo@wfu.edu or visit the Contact Us section of this website.