HR Leadership for Organizational Excellence

Lead with Influence. Drive Change. Achieve Results.

Successful HR leaders play a unique role in today’s rapidly changing environment, as the architects of agile organizations they must build talent pipelines, create workforce efficiencies and lead change. Demonstrating HR leadership attributes is the key differential to mastering HR’s pathway to success and enabling organizational excellence.

A deep dive into enhancing leadership team effectiveness

This highly interactive program integrates academic research with practice to explore the unique challenges and opportunities faced by senior business leaders and leadership teams that demand trusted HR advisors to facilitate solutions. This data-driven approach is grounded in five years of research and industry best practices from Cornell’s Center for Advanced HR Studies (CAHRS), including hundreds of interviews with chief HR officers, senior-level HR leaders, and senior business leaders. 
Participants will reflect on personal skills and develop strategies to become a truly trusted and credible HR leader. Adeptly managing organizational politics, addressing disruptive team dynamics, delivering courageous discussions and coaching behaviors that will engage leaders, develop successful relationships and accelerate business strategy.

ILR professors Dr. Brad Bell and Dr. Chris Collins lead this intensive three-day program to equip HR professionals with the competencies to strategically solve pain points that arise among senior leadership as they address a myriad of organizational, talent and workforce issues.
In this active learning environment, participants immediately apply concepts and examples through group exercises, case studies, skill-building and more. The program methodology allows for on-the-spot feedback from faculty and peer-to-peer feedback and coaching. Real-time classroom interaction provides opportunities to understand different approaches to situations.
Gain the confidence and tangible skills to influence, coach, and serve as a trusted advisor to senior business and HR leaders. Appropriate for mid- to senior-level HR professionals who work with business leaders and leadership teams and want to build a strategic approach for supporting organizational leadership and effectively leveraging their seat at the table.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase influence through effective contracting and relationship building
  • Develop approaches to enhance coaching sessions with business leaders
  • Practice managing difficult conversations and delivering courageous conversations
  • Learn how to coach business leaders to better manage organizational politics
  • Develop strategies for launching and leading agile leadership teams and overcoming challenges
  • Create talent management solutions to accelerate high potential talent

Program Details

Three-day program
Fall 2020

Cornell University
ILR New York City Conference Center
570 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Program Fee


Who Should Participate

Mid- to senior-level HR professionals with a breadth and depth of HR expertise who support a senior leadership team.

Recognition of Achievement

Certificate of Completion from the Cornell ILR School

Earn Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) credits or Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) credits.

Recertification credits are awarded upon successful completion of this program.



Day 1

Understanding the role of HR leaders and the key leadership capabilities that enable business results

Becoming a credible HR leader: effective contracting and relationship building methods

Embracing courage as an HR leader

Day 2

Enhancing business leaders' results through effective coaching sessions

Practicing difficult conversations and delivering courageous conversations

Understanding the dynamics of organizational politics and strategies for managing potential disruptions

Day 3

Launching, leading, and supporting successful and agile senior leadership teams

Exploring HR leaders' role as Talent Architects: spotting and developing high potential talent to enable business strategy

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