Course Dates and Time

May 16, 2017


 Course Cost

Regular Tuition: $800

Course cost includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, and class materials. It does not include lunch or housing.

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Strengths-Based Leadership

Whether in an informal or formal leadership role, our influence, performance, and ability to create positive change is most often effected by whether or not we are putting our natural talents to use. Students will explore the theory and practices needed to engage and align their talents and strengths to improve individual and organizational performance. With this knowledge you can learn how to position yourself and others for maximum leadership effectiveness. Employing and developing our talents not only makes us more effective in our work, but also increases our work-life well-being.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • Gain awareness of their natural strengths and talents;
  • Understand how to apply their strengths to influence organizational/policy change;
  • Learn how to position themselves for greater individual and organizational productivity

Target Audience

This course is designed for professionals in government, non-profit, and healthcare who are in formal or informal leadership roles, or those aspiring leaders looking to advance their role within their organization.



Dr. Jacob Jenkins serves as the McCourt School’s Executive Director of Executive Education. Prior to joining McCourt, he served at George Mason University’s Institute for Leadership Excellence. From 2003-2015 he held appointments at the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. His teaching and scholarship focuses on the training and development of the federal workforce.

He earned his BA and MPA from George Mason University and read European Political Theory as an Associate Member of Christ Church College at the University of Oxford. He earned his Ed.D in Intelligence Community Leadership from Creighton University.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Students who complete this course will earn 0.6 continuing education units.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Alignment

The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Leading People; Results Driven; Building Coalitions

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Additional Executive Institute Courses

Develop new skills by participating in another short course this year.


Questions? Contact Our Executive Education Team

Whether you are looking to broaden your skill set or are seeking to customize an educational experience for a group of employees, we can help you find or build the right program to fit your needs, schedule, and budget.

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