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BUS 179 W — The Exceptional Leader: A Framework for Successful, Scalable, and Impactful Leadership

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 10—Dec 9
Drop Deadline: Oct 18
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $555
Limit: 46
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Oct 10—Dec 9
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 18
1 Units
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving

Have you ever worked with a terrible leader or boss? If so, you are not alone. Robert Hogan, researcher and author of Personality and the Fate of Organizations, found that up to 75 percent of people believe that working with their boss is the worst and most stressful part of their job. What’s more, according to a recent Gallup poll, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are truly engaged with their work. Trends like these are troubling—both for individuals and organizations. Simply put, the modern world is demanding more high-quality leaders than it is currently producing. The good news is that building the knowledge, skills, and mindsets for outstanding leadership does not depend on having remarkable gifts or unique personality traits. The secret to success is surprisingly simple and achievable by most people.

Drawing on the philosophy and science of leadership, we will focus on the two major competencies of successful and impactful leaders: personal leadership and organizational leadership. The first focuses on authenticity and working well with others, while the latter centers on influencing and motivating others with a strong vision, a successful culture, and effective management. Through a combination of assignments, case studies, and online discussion, you will develop skills and techniques for effectively building on each of these competencies to enhance your leadership abilities. This course will be particularly relevant to managers, supervisors, team leaders, and others who aspire to develop high-performance leadership competencies.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 46 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Danielle Harlan, Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential

Danielle Harlan helps individuals and organizations to be exceptional and maximize their impact. She is the author of The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who Are Redefining Leadership. Harlan received a PhD in political science and an MA in education from Stanford, where she received a Centennial Teaching Award.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Danielle Harlan, The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership (ISBN 978-1259641916)