Leading People Who Are Different From You

Course Description

In today’s global economy, organizations are continuously becoming more diverse. This broadening diversification of organization members includes cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, age, gender, and sexual orientation. Thus, it is imperative people managers understand how to effectively lead individuals who are different from them. Leaders who can bring an array of diverse individuals together and form a cohesive team aligned on common goals, purpose, and values will gain a competitive advantage.

This 1-day program provides participants with the knowledge and tools to understand and effectively lead people who are different from them. Participants also gain insights into how to shape the team’s or organization’s culture to create an environment that is authentic and brings out the best in everyone.

Leading People Who Are Different From You is the fourth of four open enrollment leadership programs. Programs are presented 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:

  • Apply emotional intelligence to connect with diverse individuals
  • Apply social perception concepts to identify and reduce biases
  • Break down prejudices between groups
  • Build trust with people from various backgrounds
  • Apply various leadership styles to effectively lead an array of people
  • Shape a team/organization environment that is accepting to all

After each course session, time will be allocated in the program schedule for participants to immediately apply insight and tools in developing a personal leadership plan resulting in:

  • Understanding the importance of emotional intelligence in leading others who are different
  • The ability to use social perception to accurately access others while reducing potential biases
  • Understanding how to reduce prejudice in teams
  • The ability to earn the trust of and apply various leadership styles to effectively lead people who are different from you
  • Understanding the nature of the various areas of diversity: culture, gender, sexual orientation, and age

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

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Additional Program Information

Pat SweeneyPat Sweeney

Professor & Executive Director, 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’ 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.

May 20, 2021 from 8am – 4:30pm

The cost of the program is $675 and includes 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. 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 – Emotional intelligence, social perception, and prejudice, and reducing prejudice
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 – 11:45 Session 2 – Trust, psychological safety, and an array of leadership styles
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Morning recap & group review
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:30 Session 3 – Leading across cultures and genders
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 – 4:00 Session 4 – Leading across sexual orientations and generations
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Review, group discussion, and program wrap-up

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.