3 Days
8.5 Hours/Day
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Sep 4 - 6, 2024
Certificate of Completion
COBE eligible
3 Days


Influential leadership begins with powerful storytelling and forming deep connections with your audience. Soft and interpersonal leadership skills development are foundational to building the lasting business relationships that drive your professional success.  

Our High-Impact Leadership program is the best leadership training course providing a profoundly personalized, human-centric framework for managing people and teams so you can achieve your goals with empathy and confidence. This leadership course is specially designed to develop your personal expression and establish your authentic voice, presence, abilities, and talents as a communicator and high impact leader who leaves a lasting impression. Through powerful world-class theater techniques, role-playing, and individual coaching, you will sharpen and mold your leadership skills to become a more charismatic, collaborative, and influential team leader.

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Key Takeaways

Improve Your Communication Delivery

Master powerful storytelling techniques to equip yourself with the necessary skills to deliver inspirational speeches and engage your audience. Practice world-class theater techniques to actively communicate the voice, body, imagination, and energy to elevate your articulation and expression. 

Connect with Your Audience through Storytelling

Connect with your audience and engage in data-driven storytelling that moves people, creates influence over an audience, and leaves a lasting impression that impacts the energy and performance of your team, department, or organization.

Transform Your Communication Challenges into Strengths

Venture outside your comfort zone to identify and understand your communication challenges. You’ll push yourself into your stretch zone to develop your strengths, such as thinking on your feet and spontaneity, and establish a strong leadership presence.

With this program, you will receive:

  • Instruction by world-renowned Berkeley Haas and Executive Education faculty, including former professional actor Mark Rittenberg
  • Interactive and collaborative learning environment encompassing world-class theater techniques, role-playing, and individual coaching
  • Supportive participant community curated through practical group exercises and peer feedback
  • Exclusive networking reception with faculty and peers
  • Access to the program’s alumni community
  • A High-Impact Leadership Certificate of Completion
More about this program

Today’s leaders play many roles. It doesn’t matter if you’re an engineer, a banker, or a venture capitalist—everyone needs to be a powerful communicator and employ effective communication. The key to your success is relying on your individual strengths. Throughout this leadership skills course, you will look inward to discover your individualized communication approach that showcases your authentic leadership style. Equipped with a better understanding of who you are, you’ll return to your organization a transformational leader who serves the greater good.

Discover what lies beyond the boundaries of comfort by pushing yourself into your stretch zone to truly develop your personal expression in a supportive, interactive, and personalized learning environment. Seize this opportunity to build a commanding presence as a leader to connect with your audience and build strong relationships. Transform your communication skills, improve your delivery, and make a lasting impact with our High-Impact Leadership program.

Discover Your Story

Leaders who can adeptly build trust and gain influence with their team and stakeholders lean into their authentic selves. To truly find yourself as a leader, it’s integral to ask yourself, what is your story? Your story is a critical aspect of how you can genuinely connect with colleagues. In this business leadership training, you will discover your story through a series of interactive exercises curated by our world-renowned faculty. Once you’ve unlocked your story, employ your unique strengths to authentically lead your team to be vulnerable, make connections, and lead with empathy.  

Build Meaningful Business Relationships, Interpersonal Relationships, and Partnerships

Employ leadership soft skills to form invaluable partnerships and lifelong connections. Prioritize communication as a leader by giving and receiving feedback, creating a community of excellence through active communication, and engaging in productive interpersonal exchanges. 

Make a Greater Leadership Impact Through Your Leadership Presence

Refine your leadership presence by finding the right leadership communication approach that reflects your own personal, authentic leadership style. Equipped with your personalized communication strategy, you will achieve transformational leadership and uncover the benefits of a servant leadership mentality.

Enjoy an Engaging Program Experience

Elevating your leadership presence takes more than listening to an expert during class—it takes breaking out of your comfort zone by practicing your skills. The reason our program is one of the most impactful leadership training classes for executives is our esteemed Berkeley Haas faculty provide you with the immersive, open, and personalized environment you need to get comfortable in your own skin. Through specially curated practical group exercises and peer feedback, you will thrive in our supportive community. 

Who it's for

  • Mid-to-senior level business leaders looking to strengthen their impact
  • High-potential individuals looking to further develop leadership skills
  • A group of colleagues or team who would like to advance their skills together

Format & Structure


In-person program
3 Days
  • Three-day communication-intensive program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business campus 
  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas and Executive Education faculty 
  • Former professional actor Mark Rittenberg as Faculty Director
  • A highly interactive learning environment 
  • Exclusive networking reception with faculty and peers
  • Access to the program alumni community 
  • High-Impact Leadership Certificate of Completion

Dates & Costs


Sep 4 - 6, 2024
Nov 13 - 15, 2024

Other Ways to Participate

Attend this program with a group of your colleagues.

Attend this program with colleagues to gain greater organizational impact. Groups of five or more receive special rates.

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Customize this program for your organization.

Use this program's curriculum as the foundation of a program based on your company's unique objectives.

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How do I enroll in this program?

Enrolling in any one of our programs is simple:

  • Click on the "enroll" button on the program page
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  • Complete the online reservation form (should take less than 2 minutes)
  • Pay by credit card to complete your enrollment, or select your preferred payment type to reserve your seat and connect with the finance team
How much time can I expect to spend on coursework each day?

We know that time away from the office is precious, so we work hard to make our program experiences as productive and valuable as possible. Our programs span full business days starting between 8:30-9:00 a.m. and running through 5 p.m. with lunch served in the classroom and short breaks throughout the day.

Approximately 1-2 hours of evening activities and preparation for the next day are required for some programs. Please download the program guide for more detail.

Do your programs provide credits towards a degree, grades, transcripts, or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

Our programs are non-degree programs and do not hold any credit unit equivalency, letter grades, pass/fail designation, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or transcripts. Rather, we provide a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

To qualify for a certificate of completion, a participant must meet the minimum requirements as noted for each program and maintaining at least 80% attendance/engagement.

Can I enroll in a program if I live outside of the U.S.?

Yes. Enrollment is available to global leaders, but visa requirements may apply. Proficiency in written and spoken English at a level that allows full engagement and participation in a program is recommended.

For most international participants, a B1/B2 visa—for participation in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions, conferences, or seminars—is required for entry into the United States to attend a program with us.

Requesting and receiving a visa takes time and we recommend beginning the process three or four months in advance of the start date of a program.

You can ask your Program Manager to prepare an invitation letter to help with your visa application. It is important to emphasize that the visit is for business purposes.

The Visa Waiver Program is available to citizens or nationals from select countries. Check the Department of State website to determine your eligibility and learn about the waiver process.

The list of countries sanctioned by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control currently includes: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Ukraine-Crimea Region, plus the addition of Russia for Berkeley Executive Education at this time.



Certificate of Completion

Signal your professional achievement to your network and get recognized for your completion! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants that you are encouraged to add to your profiles.

Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you directly. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

Certificate of Completion
This program is eligible to count toward the

Certificate of Business Excellence

Curriculum days
3 Days
Leadership & Communication

Participants in the Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) program will earn a mark of distinction from a world-class university, gain access to a powerful global network, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years. A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence allows individuals to create a personal learning journey structured by our four academic pillars to gain management essentials in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Finance to drive both personal and organizational development.

Certificate of Business Excellence