Brookings Executive Education

Program Series Leading Through Influence

Leading Through Influence

How do you develop an ability to lead from any position in an organization? How can you be more adept in influencing those over whom you have little or no authority? In this course, you will learn how to influence people both within and outside your chain of command.

[The September 16-17, 2014 iteration of Leading through Influence is full.

Brookings Executive Education is offering a second iteration on September 24-25, 2014. Please contact registrations at or 800.925.5730 for more information, to register for the new iteration, or to be placed on the wait list.]

You will develop key skills of informal leadership: navigating politics, understanding power, and exercising influence. In addition, you will learn ways to read and think through politically charged situations to resolve them.

This course is part of the Executive Pathways series and is required for the Master of Science in Leadership.

Tuition: $1,895

Location: Washington, DC

OPM Competencies:

  • Influencing
  • Political Savvy (internal)
About the instructor: J. Stuart Bunderson

Stuart Bunderson is the George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.

Stuart teaches courses on many areas of business management and organization including: informal leadership, organizational behavior, team development, motivation, and creativity.  His research focuses on organizational behavior issues around problems and processes associated with learning, knowledge management, and the coordination of specialized expertise. 

Before joining the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Stuart worked in organization and management development at PepsiCo, Inc. , studied change management at Allina Health System, and taught at the University of Minnesota and at Brigham Young University.

Stuart holds a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University, and M.S. in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Minnesota.