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The High-Impact Leadership Program

Elevate Your Leadership

You’re a proven leader at your organization and ready to take the next step. Discover what directors to VPs nationwide already know: The High-Impact Leadership Program from the award-winning Center for Leadership at FIU will unearth your dynamic, adaptive, and creative capabilities and transform them into a competitive advantage – for you, your team, and your organization.

Great leaders become better by uncovering and motivating the strength, skills, and traits that will elevate their existing leadership capabilities. This program provides models and action steps to prepare leaders – like you – to become even better. Develop your portfolio of strategic leadership skills to assume greater responsibilities, tackle daunting challenges, and drive collaboration across every sphere you and your team touches. Elevate your leadership at the Center for Leadership at FIU.

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Program Information

Program Dates
Live program sessions on Oct. 27-28, Nov. 3-4, and Dec. 8-9, 2021
Executive coaching sessions the weeks of Nov. 8 and 28, 2021

Class Times
Program sessions from 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET each day
Coaching sessions scheduled based on participant availability

Live Online (Zoom)

Program Fee
Multi-registrations, non-profits, government agencies, and FIU employees and alumni, contact us for pricing. View our registration and refund policy.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for leaders that serve as mid-to senior-level area managers, directors, or vice presidents with a decade or more leadership experience and broad responsibilities over operations and other managers. 

Not sure if this program is the right fit for you or want more information before applying? Contact a member of our team or view our other program options for individual contributors, managers, and established executives.

Why attend?

Our leadership development programs continue to gain recognition around the world. In seven short years, we have garnered thirteen different accolades from, Chief Learning Officer Group, and most recently UPCEA… including six #1 rankings! Read more about our rankings

  • Benefits for the individual
    • Make small adjustments that can have a large impact.
    • Enhance the ability to engage others and lead with strategic purpose and vision.
    • Increase strategic capabilities and the ability to “make the right call”.
    • Build a strong understanding and awareness of self, and understand how self-knowledge strengthens leadership capabilities.
    • Develop the different (and sometimes non-intuitive) skills needed for leading individual versus teams’ strategic initiatives.
  • Benefits for the organization
    • Build leadership capacity by equipping high performing executives equally capable of assuming added and/or greater responsibilities.
    • Develop a team of skilled executives adept at identifying and avoiding personal “derailers”.
    • Identify organizational leaders capable of building leadership capacity and engaging those they lead.
    • Strengthen talent development and effective succession planning processes to ensure sustainable leadership capacity for the organization.
  • Continuing Education


    The Center for Leadership is a recognized provider of both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. Participants of this program will be eligible to receive CEUs and SHRM-PDCs with participating professional organizations.

Topics and Schedule

The following topics and schedule are subject to change.

  • October 27 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Welcome and Program Introduction
    • Values in leadership: clearly define the role of personal values in leadership to better understand your decision making process
  • October 28 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Personality and leadership: understand how who we are affects our leadership behaviors
    • Leading teams: engage in a high stakes decision scenario to develop skills to foster team performance and lead teams to make great decisions
  • November 3 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Leadership derailers: identify the unique subset of potential derailers that are “danger zones” and develop strategies for minimizing derailing behaviors
    • Hidden traps of decision making: learn how to avoid decision-making traps caused by cognitive biases or emotional responses
  • November 4 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Strategic thinking and leading change: learn how to avoid the subtle and well-intended pitfalls that derail innovative thinking and gain a fresh perspective on how to lead change for even greater achievements
    • Building effective networks: explore the critical role social networks play in determining professional success and build your network to leverage competitive advantage
  • Weeks of November 8 and 28
    • A unique benefit of participating in The High-Impact Leadership Program is the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an executive coach. These sessions will allow you to enlist objective feedback from a trained professional on issues or matters of particular concern to you. You may also use these sessions to gain further insight on some of the sessions or tools discussed during the program. This program includes two executive coaching sessions. Your sessions will be approximately 50 minutes long.
  • December 8 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • The importance of narratives in leadership: understand the importance of vision and narratives in creating alignment and engagement at all organizational levels
    • Developing your leadership agenda: craft a personal action plan for implementation upon returning to work
  • December 9 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
    • Leading with stories: using stories and storytelling techniques to make communications and presentations more compelling and influential
    • Lessons in leadership: develop strategic leadership skills by taking advantage of both big and small moments by using myriad subtle behaviors which fly under the radar of most observers
    • Program Closing


Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.
Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Leslie DeChurch, Ph.D.

Leslie DeChurch, Ph.D.

Jill Hellman


Carol Lempert

Hock-Peng Sin, Ph.D.

 Hock-Peng Sin, Ph.D.

Alumni's own words…

"It was really eye-opening in terms of taking a look at who I am…and the kind of things I can do to make a difference in how I lead the individuals that are depending on me."

Bernadette Montgomery
Executive Director
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

"The quality of the program exceeded my expectations. I would definitely call this a world class program and I would say that it rivals some of the ivy-league programs that are out there. I am going to talk to my team a lot about how we can build this program into our high potential leadership retention and development. For me this is? I hope to make this a big part of what we do in terms of developing future leaders at Burger King."

Jenn Crenshaw
Vice President, Human Resources
Burger King Corporation

"I was very impressed with the quality of instruction. The instructors were prepared and what really impressed me was the research that backs up the things we talked about - personality and career derailers. I hadn't been exposed to this in any of the previous thirty years of leadership development that I've done."

Colonel Scott Malcom
Executive Director of Public Affairs
United States Southern Command

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