Authentic and Effective Leadership

A Roadmap to Personal and Professional Success


Course Description


Employee engagement studies, conducted by Gallup, consistently show on average in the U.S. only 33% of workers are highly engaged. Results from these studies find that authentic, inspirational leaders who provide their people a sense of purpose, invest time in developing their people, and approach leadership from a “coach” perspective versus a directive top-down boss, greatly enhance employee engagement and team performance. Thus, the key to high team performance and employee engagement is authentic and effective leadership.

This 1-day program will provide the participant with the foundation of authentic and effective leadership, while exploring who the leader is as a person. Fully understanding the factors driving behavior enhances leadership authenticity, assists in building trust with others, increases leader effectiveness, and contributes to personal fulfillment and team performance.

Authentic and Effective Leadership is part one of a series of four open enrollment leadership programs. New programs will be introduced quarterly with completion of all four programs resulting in a Certificate in Leadership.


What you’ll learn:


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

  • Explore and identify personal leadership principles and purpose
  • Cultivate a mindset that promotes personal/professional growth and collaboration
  • Master techniques to build stronger relationships with others
  • Apply various forms of leadership behavior to solve challenges and infuse teammates with a sense of purpose
  • Create a personal leadership philosophy and plan to enhance performance

Key Program Takeaways

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

  • Increased self-awareness regarding how purpose, values, and mindset influence leader behavior
  • Clarity and understanding of a unique leadership style fitting an individual’s values, purpose, and personality
  • The ability to effectively manage oneself and connect with others
  • Enhanced authenticity and effectiveness through the creation of a leadership philosophy
  • The application of various forms of leadership behavior to achieve optimal personal and professional performance


Who should attend?


This program is designed for both new and experienced leaders wishing to enhance their authenticity and lead in a manner to significantly increase employee engagement within their team/organization.  Interested participants are encouraged to attend individually or in teams from their organizations.

Program Faculty

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.


Course outline



7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 Introductions and program overview
8:15 – 10:00 Session 1 – Anchoring the foundation of your leadership – purpose and values
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Session 2 – Enhancing your ability to learn and build stronger relationships with others through emotional intelligence
11:45 – 12:00 Morning recap & group review
12:00 – 12:45


12:45 – 2:30 Session 3 – Inspiring and leading a highly engaged team
2:30 – 2:45


2:45 – 4:00

Hands-on Case Study: Discrete Model

3:15 – 4:00

Session 4 – Creating your unique and authentic approach to leading

4:00 – 4:30

Individual leadership plan development

4:30 – 5:00

Review and group discussion

5:00 – 5:15

Program wrap-up and closing comments


Program Dates




Meeting Location


Wake Forest University Charlotte Center
200 N. College Street, Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202

Parking is available in the Wake Forest Charlotte Center parking deck, which is adjacent to the Wake Forest Charlotte Center on 5th Street.

Wake Forest University Charlotte Center – Map, directions & parking




The cost of the program is $550 and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch, and is due in full at time of registration. Additionally, Wake Forest University alumni and faculty 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  or call 336-758-2239.


Program Materials


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.


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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Registration deadline is TBD


Cancellation of Program


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.


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  or call 336-758-2239.