At a Glance

Next Available Program
October 25 - November 14

Time Commitment
15 hours (5 hours/week)

Program Duration
3 weeks

Columbia Business School Certificate of Completion

Who Should Attend
Mid-level & Team Leaders, Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents

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About the Program

Building and Leading Effective Teams, a 3-week leadership development program, will deliver participants with the skills and tools needed to maximize the innovative potential of diverse teams to generate high-quality decisions, and to gain support for those decisions from key stakeholders who possess unique agendas and interests.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand your behavioral style and those of your team members to bring together teams with strengths aligned to your objectives
  • Identify the power dynamics in your organization and understand the interests and agendas of key stakeholders
  • Enlist persuasive techniques targeted to the needs and interests of key decision makers
  • Identify the key stages in team development and leverage behavioral strengths suited to the tactical needs of each stage

Program Structure

  • 3 week duration, 15 hours to complete requirements
  • 4 hours of on-demand, HD lectures
  • Professor interactions, group learning, and optional coaching sessions
  • Facilitated intra-company team meetings
  • Final project, which integrates weekly activities

2021 Program Dates

February 2021 April 2021 July 2021 September 2021 October 2021
Program Start February 22 April 26 July 12 September 6 October 25
Program End March 14 May 16 August 1 September 26 November 14
February 2021
Program Start: February 22
Program End: March 14
April 2021
Program Start: April 26
Program End: May 16
July 2021
Program Start: July 12
Program End: August 1
September 2021
Program Start: September 6
Program End: September 26
October 2021
Program Start: October 25
Program End: November 14

Experienced Faculty

  • Bill Klepper

    Professor of Management

    Professor William Klepper is the academic director of Columbia’s Executive Education program. He’s worked on customer programs for a number of corporations, including AT&T, Chase, DuPont, and General Electric.

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Success Stories


The video lectures were excellent. Learning about how to identify personalities in business and how to best work with them and persuade them are invaluable. It was presented in a clear way. I will carry this information with me throughout my career.

Senior Vice President
Financial Services Company


I loved how simple the content of the program was, and the enormous payoff you get from properly and simply understanding these concepts and how to easily apply them in your workplace. I also particularly liked Professor Klepper and how impactful he is as a lecturer. I really related to him. Also, the multi-sensory mode of education here has really appealed to my way of learning, and being able to (in real-time) apply your learning has meant I’ll retain and apply this.

Senior HR Lead
Retail Company


I liked the flexibility in regards to timing for the lectures, critiques, and assignments the most. With my busy and unpredictable daily schedule it allowed me to work on the course as well as my normal, day-to-day responsibilities, without adding risk to my firm.

Financial Services Company


How many hours per week am I expected to devote to the program?

Our programs are designed for busy professionals. Participants are expected to spend 4-5 hours each week watching video lectures and completing assignments. There are also live online sessions most weeks, which last 1-1.5 hours each.

How long does the program last?

Our leadership development programs last 3 weeks. Additionally, you will complete a short orientation prior to the official start of the program.

Will I receive a grade or university credit?

Upon successfully completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion from the sponsoring business school. ExecOnline provides non-degree programs for which no grades or university credits are provided.

Who takes ExecOnline programs?

Our programs are designed for busy leaders—managers, directors, VPs, and C-suite—with the drive and desire to solve their organization’s critical business challenges. Our short, focused programs allow you to develop solutions for both near- and long-term challenges—without disrupting your day-to-day responsibilities.

Will I apply my learnings to real-world work objectives?

Yes. You will develop a project of your choosing that addresses your organization’s critical business challenges. At the completion of the program, you will have produced an implementation-ready project, designed to make a fiscal and business impact.

Do you have an alumni program?

Yes. You can stay connected to ExecOnline through our alumni group, which allows you to interact with peers to generate support and networking opportunities.

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