Leading With Courage

Upcoming Dates: 20–25 October 2019
Duration: 6 days
Program Fee: USD $9,450

Successful leaders foster a culture of trust and confidence. To accomplish this they must be able to influence and inspire people at every level, in situations that range from routine to highly stressful. This innovative program will help you improve your understanding of and ability to:

  • Handle high impact situations that test your power and influence.
  • Gain support for your ideas from anywhere in the organization, and influence others to achieve joint goals.
  • Exercise your personal leadership style for maximum positive influence.
  • Utilize various sources of power more effectively.


Program Overview

Practice state-of-the-art experiential simulation with physiological and behavioral measures, self-assessment, executive coaching and peer discussions, and discover how best to motivate, influence and manage relationships across your organization.

  • Explore workplace courage and behaviors that are difficult to adopt, but crucial to organizational success.
  • Adapt and grow as a leader through an experiential leadership lab approach that delivers a highly individualized, personalized self-discovery journey.
  • Work on your own challenging influence situations at work, and get input from others about best practices and next steps.
  • Build skills around issue framing, emotion management, storytelling, and other critical aspects of successful persuasion.


People can accumulate lots of sophisticated tools (frameworks, formulas, findings and fact patterns) and know which tools are useful for addressing which kinds of managerial problems, but ultimately this won’t be worth much if they don’t have the courage to use those tools when the time arises. James Detert

Outcomes & Impact

  • Set goals and identify specific courageous behaviors needed to improve your workplace environment.
  • Learn to influence, and achieve positive outcomes in difficult and defining moments.
  • Improve your confidence in your ability to persuade key stakeholders, and expand your influence.


Leading With Courage counts as one credit toward a Certificate in Leadership. Complete this program and earn three additional credits in a four-year period to earn your certificate.


  • Experienced professionals interested in improving their leadership and influence skills
  • Leaders interested in honing their behavioral response in high-stress, high-impact situations
  • Leaders who need to gain organizational support to develop innovative ideas or solve complex problems
  • High potential leaders with increasing responsibility



James Detert
Professor of Business Administration

Detert's research focuses on workplace courage, improvement-oriented voice (why people speak up or stay silent at work), ethical decision-making and behavior, and other leadership-related topics.

Bidhan ("Bobby") Parmar
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Parmar's research focuses on how managers make decisions and collaborate in uncertain and changing environments to create value for stakeholders. His work helps executives better handle ambiguity in their decision making.



UVA Darden School of Business
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

As a participant of this program, materials and some meals are included in your program fee. Accommodations are the participant’s responsibility. Hotels located near the Sands Family Grounds include:

Hyatt Centric Arlington
1325 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia, 22209
Tel: +1 703 525 1234

Le Méridien Arlington
1121 North 19th Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: +1-703-351-9170
Marriott Key Bridge
1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: +1-703-524-6400

Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: +1-703-807-2000