Executive Presence and Influence: Persuasive Leadership Development

Master leadership skills to inspire, empower and influence outcomes
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This program features 6 months of free Premium Access to Emeritus Insights—a mobile app with 5,000+ bite-sized, business-focused videos to help you meet your daily learning goals on the go.

Key Takeaways

Leadership may come naturally to some, but it is imperative to develop skills and strategies to help leaders build a team capable of meeting the demands of an increasingly challenging environment. By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Enhance mindset and behaviors to expand presence as an impactful leader

  • Understand the critical principles of effective leadership

  • Analyze rhetorical strategy towards shaping the ability to advance agendas

  • Apply strategic consideration to networking opportunities as well as build and maintain authentic connections

  • Construct a personal leadership narrative to set actionable goals


The best part about the program were the case studies, content and exercises — I was able to relate most to my actual work.
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Sreenivas Annavazzala
Senior Success Manager
Salesforce Inc.
The content and framing of the specific elements of influencing were terrific. The breakouts and getting to meet and learn from people who were in the same shoes I was were also tremendous.
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Charlie House
Manager , FP&A, Customer Satisfaction
AutoZone, Inc.
The content provided by Professors Mike and Cade and hearing them speak was the best part of the program. They dispelled the notion of executive presence as some mythic quality, and they aptly identif...
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Claire Wood
CEBS, PHR, SHRM-CP, Senior Manager
Benefits and People Operations, Indigo Ag
Professor Massey and Useem's videos were excellent. The playbook and other assignments tied well into the material and helped me identify how it applied to my development.
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Russell Carey
Senior Communications Strategist
Southwest Power Pool
I found the activities useful because they forced me to face hard truths and engage in personal reflection. I also enjoyed the networking opportunities, which were totally unexpected. I was shocked th...
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Anne Haines
Diamond Strategies
Each module’s content was relevant to the changing market conditions, leveraging social media and networking. The presentations by both professors were thoughtful, their ideas and examples were impact...
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Sreerupa Sengupta
Workforce Planning Leader

Program Modules

In this program, our world-class faculty will guide you through the journey of discovering your true leadership potential to realize your vision and goals as a C-suite member.

Program Experience

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Video lectures
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Live webinars
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Real-world examples
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Assignments and case studies
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Polls and quizzes
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Playbook activities
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Peer review and discussion

Wharton’s Executive Presence and Influence in Action

With Wharton’s Executive Presence and Influence program, you will be ready to display your leadership skills in real time with real impact. During the program, you will receive relevant tools to create your leadership narrative through:

  • Informal influence Recognize the factors influencing your ability to achieve meaningful impact

  • Communication of vision — Use your vision for your future self to strategize your success

  • Informal networks — Identify techniques to diversify your network strategically

  • Leadership narrative — Strengthen your leadership presence

  • Framework for persuasion — Understand the foundations of successful persuasion

Program Faculty

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Michael Useem

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management

Michael Useem is professor of Management and faculty director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, Universi...

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Cade Massey

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Cade Massey is a practice professor in the Wharton School’s Operations, Information, and Decisions Department. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and taught at...



Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a digital certificate of completion from the Wharton School.

Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


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Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!

Flexible payment options available.

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