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Authentic and Effective Leadership

Executive Education | Open Enrollment

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In-Person Charlotte
$900 course fee
1-day program

Apr. 25, 2024

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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.

During this session, participants will 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

ACLC Leadership Assessment

In preparation for the workshop, all participants will complete a self-assessment to enhance the individuals’ development as a leader. The comprehensive and easy-to-read feedback report provides an individual the opportunity to compare his/her self-ratings on the categories of exemplary leadership behavior and character strengths with the overall average of the cohort (all people participating in the program).

Certificate in Leadership

Authentic and Effective Leadership is one of seven open enrollment leadership programs. Programs are presented on a rotating basis throughout the year with completion of four programs resulting in a Certificate in Leadership from Wake Forest Executive Education and the School of Business’ Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character. Interested participants are able to register for this program individually or combine it with 3 other programs in the series to earn the certificate.

Key Learnings

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, and create a personal leadership philosophy and plan to enhance 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.

Additional Information

  • Date, Location, Schedule

    Date: April 25, 2024


    Location: Wake Forest Charlotte Center, 200 N College St #150, Charlotte, NC 28202


    Schedule: 8:30am- 4:15pm

    • 8:00 – 8:20 Arrival and Breakfast
    • 8:20 – 8:30 Introductions and program overview
    • 8:30 – 10:15 Session 1 -Purpose and Values: The Foundation of Your Leadership
    • 10:15 – 10:30 Break
    • 10:30 – 12:00 Session 2 -Emotional Intelligence: The Leader’s Competitive Advantage
    • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
    • 12:30 – 2:00 Session 3 -Values-Based Leadership: The Key to Inspiration and Engagement
    • 2:00 – 2:15 Break
    • 2:15 – 3:30 Session 4 -Leadership Philosophy: The Key to Authenticity
    • 3:30 – 4:00 Individual leadership plan development
    • 4:00 – 4:15 Program wrap-up and closing comments

  • Cost

    The cost of the April 2024 program is $900 and includes the ACLC assessment, 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 for more details.

  • Materials

    Course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in paper format at the beginning of the workshop. Electronic materials can be provided upon request.

  • Refund and Cancellation Policies

    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.


    ACLC Assessment

    This workshop requires an assessment administered by the Wake Forest Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character. Once the assessment is distributed to participants, the assessment fee of $100 is non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Contact Us

    For more information, or to speak with a program adviser, please send an email to

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