2-Day Program

Transformational and Charismatic Leadership

Lead with authenticity, integrity and inspiration

About the program

Transformational and charismatic leadership are essential if organizations are to thrive in a time of ever-increasing change and relentless competition. It is up to leadership to engage and inspire employees and stakeholders to adopt a culture of excellence, embedding core values into their work and, in turn, the business itself.

A proven structure

Our 2-day design is strongly supported by research showing that we are not born leaders. Transformational and charismatic leadership can be taught.

On the first day of this 2-day interactive program, you will develop an understanding of the values and behaviors involved in transformational and charismatic leadership.

On the second day you will work in groups to practice and refine nuanced ways of conveying the tenets of transformational and charismatic leadership.

You will leave the program understanding that the very best of leadership is not about being inspirational with every employee all the time. Instead, the very best of leadership is about moments; creating opportunities to influence those around you to excel, and want to move themselves, their peers and their organization forward.

Most importantly, you will leave knowing that you can make small changes to your leadership behaviours that will have a major impact on those around you.

Who should attend

This program supports leaders, senior managers, client-facing professionals and others who want to develop their transformational charismatic leadership so that they can influence, motivate and inspire those around them to move forward and help their organizations thrive.

This program is designated an approved recertification program by the HRPA.

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Personal Benefits

The concepts and tools taught in the program will greatly enhance your leadership skills

  • Understand what constitutes transformational and charismatic leadership
  • Appreciate the small changes to your leadership that will have the biggest long term impact
  • Learn to create a unique leadership identity
  • Expand your coaching, team leadership, and project management skills
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with Queen's faculty and fellow participants
  • Build better relationships within and outside your organization
  • Return to work with proven tools to achieve lasting change in the way teams work together

Organizational benefits

Enhancing your leadership skills will have a significant impact across your organization

  • Help your people to achieve “beyond expectations” (both theirs and your own)
  • Help the people you work with perform at their peak
  • Create a climate of trust and respect
  • Encourage mutual support and open communication
  • Develop a high-performance culture in your organization
  • Benchmark against the best leadership practices of the world's most successful companies
  • Build high-performance expectations into everyday management practices

Program content

The program leverages findings from leadership research, and uses the educational power of multiple teaching tools, including class discussions, exchange of ideas and perspectives with faculty and fellow participants, and role play simulation.

Program curriculum:

DAY 1 - Develop A Personal Leadership Plan

Enhance organizational performance by applying the principles of transformational and charismatic leadership:

  • Learn the importance of leaders’ values and how they influence others
  • Communicate a vision clearly and authentically
  • Discover the leadership tactics that constitute charismatic leadership
  • Appreciate the value of developing and empowering employees
  • Create a climate of commitment, trust and respect
  • Understand key factors that have an impact on team climate, individual motivation, and organizational performance
  • Coach and mentor people for peak performance

DAY 2 - Analyze and Reflect on Your Leadership Style

Connect authentically with the hearts and minds of employees and stakeholders.

  • Refine and enhance your individual charismatic leadership behaviours
  • Master non-verbal leadership through the subtleties of voice, body, facial expressions and emotion
  • Storytelling
  • Leverage specific aspects of your personal presence through an action plan for continued development
  • Develop approaches for using your influence more positively and effectively

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

Christopher von Baeyer, Senior Consultant with the Ariel Group Inc, is an actor and educator who specializes in the integration of theatre and human development. Over the course of his 20-year career, he has coached thousands of men and women in the art of public speaking, emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication. He has taught at a number of leading business schools including: Harvard, Kellogg, Boston College and Columbia. His corporate clients have included Merrill lynch, Lucent Technologies, Deloitte and Touche, and the Boston Consulting Group.

Julian is the author of The Science of Leadership: Lessons From Research for Organizational Leaders, which was published by Oxford University Press (New York) in January, 2014. His research interests focus on the nature and development of transformational leadership and employee well-being, and he is also the author of well over 200 research articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of several books, including Employment, Stress and Family Functioning (1990, Wiley & Sons); The Union and Its Members: A Psychological Approach (1992, Oxford University Press); Changing Employment Relations: Behavioral and Social Perspectives (1995, American Psychological Association); Young Workers (1999, American Psychological Association); and The Psychology of Workplace Safety (2004, American Psychological Association). He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Workplace Violence (2006, SAGE Publications), and senior editor of both the Handbook of Work Stress (2005), Handbook of Organizational Behaviour (2008), all published by SAGE, The Psychology of Green Organizations (2015) and Work and Sleep: Research Insights for the Workplace (2016), both published by Oxford University Press).

Julian was formerly the editor of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, served as the chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Workplace Violence in 2001-2, and was the chairperson of the Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety to the Ontario Minister of Labour from 1989-1991.

Julian is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Canada, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Julian was the recipient in 2016 of the Distinguished Contributions to Industrial and Organizational Psychology by the C-SIOP Division of the Canadian Psychological Association.

MacLean's magazine named Julian as one of Queen's University's most popular professors in 1996. Julian received the National Post's "Leaders in Business Education" award in 2001 and Queen's University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision in 2008.

Julian received his Ph.D in 1979 from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he subsequently taught in the Psychology Department. He joined Queen's University in 1984, initially teaching in the Department of Psychology. Julian moved to the School of Business in 1994; and served as the Associate Dean with responsibility for the Ph.D, M.Sc and Research programs in the School of Business from 1997-2011.

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Upcoming Sessions

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Smith School of Business Toronto Campus
    200 Front Street West, Suite 3020
  • Apr 17 to Apr 18
  • Nov 6 to Nov 7


$3,300 CAD (plus applicable taxes)