Leading Effective Change

Course Description

To stay relevant, teams and organizations must continuously change and adapt to their ever evolving internal and external environments.  This makes it imperative leaders understand and possess the skills to effectively lead change. Furthermore, it is also important that leaders know how to shape a learning culture to facilitate continuous adaptation and improvement.  Leaders who can effectively lead change gain a competitive advantage for their teams and organizations.

This 1-day program will provide the participant with the knowledge and tools to effectively plan and lead change and to shape a learning culture in their organization. Participants are encouraged to bring information (or challenge) regarding an on-going or future change effort in their teams or organizations. Participants can immediately apply the tools from this workshop to enhance change management efforts.

Leading Effective Change is the third of four open enrollment leadership programs. New programs will be introduced quarterly with completion of all four programs resulting in a Certificate in Leadership from the Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character.  Interested participants are able and encouraged to participate in this individual program, or begin the series at any point to earn the certificate.

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

  • Visualize change within a team or organization
  • Determine the type of change required
  • Forecast the second and third order impacts of the proposed change
  • Anticipate and manage people’s normal psychological reactions to change
  • Apply various change models to plan the change effort
  • Apply a process model to implement and lead effective change
  • Shape a culture that values learning and improvement to facilitate change

After each course session, time will be allocated in the program schedule for participants to immediately apply the learnings in developing a personal leadership plan.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for both new and experienced leaders wishing to enhance their ability to build and lead effective teams.  Interested participants are encouraged to attend individually or in teams from their organizations.

Certificate in Leadership

Authentic and Effective Leadership is part one of a series of four open enrollment leadership programs. By completing all four, 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 from the Wake Forest School of Business is an opportunity to immerse yourself in topics of key personal interest and professional development. It’s 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 each course listed in the track. You’ll 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

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. Please click the link below to begin the registration process.

This program will be offered again in the fall of 2021. Please check back later for dates. 

Additional Program Information

Pat SweeneyPat Sweeney

Professor & Executive Director, Allegacy Center for Leadership & Character, School of Business, Wake Forest University – Ph.D. & MA in Social Psychology, University of North Carolinas at Chapel Hill; Masters in Military Art and Science, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS; Bachelor in General Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Patrick Sweeney is a Professor of the Practice of Management and the Executive Director of Wake Forest School of Business’ Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character. He is an experienced senior leader-practitioner with over 39 years of experience leading high performing organizations and scholar whose research focuses on leader, leadership, and organizational development. Pat has published across an array of academic and military professional publications. Pat served over 29 years in the United States Army and retired as a Colonel and a combat veteran. His leadership assignments in the United States and abroad included: Deputy and Acting Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the United States Military Academy at West Point, for five years; Director, Eisenhower Leader Development Graduate Education Program , a joint venture with Columbia University, for five years at West Point; Liaison Officer for the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom I; Commander of a 450-person artillery unit and Chief of Staff of a 1600-person organization in the 101st Airborne Division. Pat has experience creating and implementing programs at the institution level and is the primary architect of the Domain of the Human Spirit, the main character dimension for West Point’s Leader Development System; a foundational dimension in the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program; and a main pillar in the Department of Defense’s Total Force Fitness Program. He has extensive consulting experience in the areas of leader, leadership, and organizational development for Fortune 500 companies to include: Deloitte, EMCOR, GE, HP, Kellogg’s, JP Morgan Chase, Mercedes Benz, P&G, Pratt and Whitney, Prudential, State Farm, Synchrony Financial, USAA, YPO, and 7-Eleven and the Departments of Defense and Energy.


March 26, 2021 from 8:00 am –4:15pm


April 1, 2o21 from 8am-4:15pm

Due to high interest we have added an overflow date for this program. Please indicate your preference for date when registering for the course. We will do our best to accommodate all requests within COVID capacity guidelines for the state. 

The cost of the program is $675 and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch, and is due in full at time of registration.

Additionally, Wake Forest University alumni, faculty, and staff receive a 25% tuition discount. Please contact execedinfo@wfu.edu for more details.

Biotech Place 

575 Patterson Avenue

Winston-Salem, NC  27101

  • 7:50 – 8:20 Continental Breakfast
  • 8:20 – 8:30 Introductions and program overview
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Session 1 – Understanding the nature of change and anticipating people’s reactions
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 – 11:45  Session 2 – Applying various models for planning and leading change
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Morning recap & group review
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:30 Session 3 – Applying a process model for leading change
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 – 4:00 Session 4 – Shaping a learning and adaptive culture within your team or organization
  • 4:00 – 4:30  Program reflection and final questions

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed electronically in advance of the program start date. Participants must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.

Program Cancellation

This course is offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment. If a course must be cancelled, 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 cancelled 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.

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.