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Emerging Leaders Program


Welcome to the Emerging Leaders Program! If you are:

A newly promoted leader or aspiring leader

An informal leader in a position to influence others

An experienced leader who wants to develop your conceptual framework of leadership to better define your own leadership style

Then this program is for you! I have been teaching leadership and organizational behavior for over 20 years, and this program includes many of the elements that my students have found helpful in developing their own leadership practice—but without the grading!  

What you will get:


Greater clarity about your purpose and role  


An understanding of the group dynamics that play out in systems and how they may be affecting you


Awareness of how you take up your leadership role and how others respond to you


A small cohort to be your sounding board and support you in your leadership journey


A framework for understanding leadership and followership in systems

Take advantage of our special beta launch offer: save $300 with a full payment or enjoy the flexibility of $300/month for six months.
Book a discovery call today to see if we are a good fit!

This is a 6-month virtual small group coaching program that includes the following components:


1. Open and Closing sessions via zoom (two hour sessions via zoom). The opening session will be for members to get to know each other and share goals for the coaching experience. The closing session will give participants a chance to look back at what was achieved over the course of the program, consider next steps and areas for learning and create a plan for support in the months ahead.


2. Video lectures, supplemental readings, and exercises: My approach to leadership coaching and training draws from:

  • Systems Psychodynamic thinking (also known as Group Relations) 

  • Eco-Leadership 

  • Adaptive Leadership 

  • Immunity to Change

  • ·Mindfulness (MBSR) practice


The program walks you through a week-by-week curriculum to introduce you to some basic concepts and practices that you can apply immediately to your leadership work. While they are scheduled on a weekly lesson basis, you are free to complete them at your own pace, based on your needs and interests. While these readings, video lectures and exercises will not be addressed directly during our group sessions, there will be an online forum for you to ask questions about how they may be applied, and you are free to raise questions during your coaching time.


3. Six months of small group coaching. The program will be limited to 4-6 participants. The group will meet twice per month for six months for two hours. Each session will include:

  • A beginning meditation or centering practice

  • Check-ins

  • Coaching for 2 participants (participants have a choice between individual coaching in front of the group (fishbowl style) or coaching through the reflection group method.

  • At the close of each session, all members share a learning and action step they will take before the next session

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4. Every other week check-ins in a group forum (in the weeks we don’t meet synchronously). I will read and respond to you each week either in writing or during our sessions.

5. Handouts and additional resources

6. Online group forum to address any questions you have about the video lectures or readings

Program overview

Module 1:
Who are you? Who are you as a leader?


Kick-off session

What is Leadership?

Module 2:
Intro to Adaptive Leadership

Introduction to Adaptive Leadership


Differentiate between Adaptive and Technical Challenges

Seeing yourself as the instrument of change

Module 3:
Introduction to System Psychodynamics

Review basic concepts of Systems Psychodynamics, including: 


BART (Boundaries, Role, and Task)

Leadership and Followship

Authority from above, below, and within

Defense mechanisms (individual and group)

Basic Assumptions

Module 4:
Organizational Culture

Understanding and Diagnosing Organizational Culture

Define organizational culture

Discuss impact of organizational culture on task performance, individual and group behavior

Communication And Conflict


Module 5:
Diagnosing and Changing the System

Diagnosing the system Stakeholder Analysis:

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Diagnose the political landscape

Qualities of an adaptive organization

Organizational Change and Resistance to Change:

Making interpretations

Designing effective interventions

Explore ways that organizational change can generate anxiety and resistance

Network Analysis


  • Peer Reviewed Journals
    Wallach, T. (2019) What do Participants Learn at Group Relations Conferences: A report on a conference series on the theme of Authority, Power and Justice. Organizational and Social Dynamics 19(1), 1-20. Wallach, T. (2014). What Do Participants Learn at Group Relations Conferences?. Organizational and Social Dynamics, 14(1), 13-38. Wallach, T. (2013). Teaching group dynamics: An international perspective. The Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice, V (1). Wallach, T. (2012). Authority, Leadership and Peacemaking: The Role of the Diasporas: The Intersection of the Personal and the Political in a Group Relations Conference. Organizational and Social Dynamics, 12(2). 171-193. Wallach, T. (2004). Transforming conflict: A group relations perspective. Peace and Conflict Studies, 11(1), 76-95. Wallach, T. (1994). Gender and competition in group psychotherapy. Group, 1 (1), 29-36.
  • Book Chapter
    Wallach, T. (2006). Conflict transformation: A group relations perspective. In M. Fitzduff & C. E. Stout (Eds.), The psychology of resolving global conflicts: From war to peace (Vol. 1, pp. 285-306). U.K.: Praeger Security International.
  • Other
    Wallach, T. (2011). Authority, Leadership and Peacemaking: The Role of the Diasporas. NSGP Newsletter, 32 (2), 12. Wallach, T. (2002). Leadership and dialogue in conditions of uncertainty: A view from the outside, published online at Track 3 Connections.
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