Teaching Modules

Use lesson plans developed with objectives, suggested resources, teaching points, and videos to spark discussion and learning by engaging students on leadership topics.
The objective of this module is to help prepare students to better understand the common challenges and pitfalls that they will face as their career progresses and they assume leadership roles.
When success depends on the performance of others, a number of new skills must be mastered. This module walks through how a young leader would establish credibility with a new team, assess a new situation and communicate clear expectations as well as ideas on addressing poor performers and motivating others whose values and aspirations may be very different from your own.
What happens when you are confronted with a subordinate who is not performing up to standards—or who otherwise is problematic? The first response of many first-time managers is to either ignore the problem or to feel responsible for “helping” the poor performer. Both of these actions can have unintended consequences. This session will illustrate these problems and how different managers have dealt with difficult employees.
Young managers often assume that they are motivated by the same things as their employees. But what happens when employees have different levels of education, ambitions, and values? How do you motivate and manage in these circumstances? This session will consider the experience of young managers faced with this challenge.
This module addresses leadership when changing contexts and facing an entirely new setting. The leader has to diagnose the business situation, assess the leadership issues, and determine the challenges and opportunities to be addressed – all with little, if any, experience in the new arena.
Most of us have had to work with someone we don’t particularly like or get along with. These relationships become increasingly important to success as we begin to manage others. In this session we explore the importance of developing relationships with peers and bosses and methods for determining when these relationships are critical and what the potential repercussions are of ignoring them.
Work can be a stressful place, especially when we think we’ve failed or been treated unfairly. Leaders make mistakes, experience disappointment, and have setbacks like everyone else. Successful leaders, however, face the stress of these situations and do the difficult work of coping effectively. Moreover, they help their direct reports cope with stress so that they too can be more effective. In this session, we take a close look at the skills and attitudes that promote resilience and how leaders can develop resilience in others. Coping through difficult situations may come more naturally to some than others. Fortunately, research demonstrates that coping skills can be learned throughout our lifetime.
This course syllabus brings together Modules 1-7 as a fully comprehensive program to prepare young leaders for the challenges they will face early in their careers.
As a graduate of the Stanford Executive Education program, Stanford wants to empower you to continue learning and to share your lessons with your teams and organization by using some of the teaching and learning methods valued by Stanford.
Graduates of The Corporate Entrepreneur (TCE) Executive Education program are invited to share Stanford insights and lessons with your teams by using some of the teaching and learning methods valued by the Graduate School of Business.
Graduates of Executive Program for Growing Companies are invited to share Stanford insights and lessons with your teams by using some of the teaching and learning methods valued by the Graduate School of Business.
This Module shares insights from Professor Aaker and select leaders who have learned to leverage the power of story.
This Module on the Power of Purpose shares insights from Professor Aaker and select leaders who have learned to leverage the power of purpose.
This module shares insights from Professor Aaker and select leaders who have learned to leverage the power of empathy in story.
This Module on the Power of Humor shares insights from Professor Aaker and select leaders who have learned to leverage the power of humor.
This module features cases on Bare Escentuals to challenge you to create story that incorporates the fundamental principles of storytelling.