Fall 2010 EMBA Course

B7720-001: Executive Leadership

Block Week 6, Nov 8-12 at Columbia

Instructor: Bob Bontempo; William Klepper

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The goal of this course is to help you develop your leadership potential. Beyond intelligence and technical savvy, what separates leaders from average managers is a set of individual skills, such as the ability to make sound decisions under ambiguous circumstances, and a set of social skills, such as the ability to build productive working relationships among team members. This course identifies these critical individual and social skills and illustrates how you may use them to gain an extra edge in your career.

The emphasis of this course is on organizing, directing, motivating and influencing other people within, and outside of, your organization. Although some class time is conducted in a conventional lecture format, much of the class consists of an assortment of experiential exercises and class discussion.



Robert Bontempo

Faculty MemberProfessor Bontempo studies international comparative management, including international negotiations and cultural differences in decision making. His current research involves cultural factors in international negotiations and international differences in risk perception. The winner of the 1994 Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, Bontempo teaches the core course Leadership and the elective Managerial Negotiations. He is a consulting editor for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

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William Klepper

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Professor Klepper joined Columbia Executive Education in 1996. He teaches Executive Leadership in the EMBA program. His teaching and research interest are in the areas of Executive Learning, Strategic Leadership and Corporate Governance. His most recent book, The CEO’s Boss: Tough Love in the Boardroom is available from Columbia University Press (May, 2010). Among his publications are How Educational Initiatives Are...

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