UVA Darden Professor and U.S. Olympian to Deliver Darden Executive Education Leadership Program in Tampa, Florida

26 November 2013

Innovative Course Prepares Managers to Lead Collaboratively in Any Situation 

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business will offer a unique Executive Education course in Tampa, Florida, to help leaders responsible for improving enterprise-wide performance catapult their organizations to the top.

Leading Teams for Growth and Change, to be held 17-21 February 2014, will provide participants a lens through which to explore the strategies, structures and skills required to lead teams. Through a hands-on, problem-solving framework, attendees will learn how to take their teams to the highest level.

Darden Professor Lynn A. Isabella, a renowned expert in leadership development, team building and strategic alliances and partnerships, will team with Daniel K. Lyons, United States Olympian in rowing, to share leadership and high-performance best practices with participants.

As part of the course, Lyons will lead the class through daily sweep rowing experiences to demonstrate how to blend individual strengths into high team performance.

“The program takes participants through the intellectual and actual process of building and leading a high-performing team,” said Isabella. “Because I know something about rowing and Dan knows something about business, we are able to make connections across our expertise. Dan is with me in the classroom and I am with Dan on the water. This program is more than class in the morning and rowing in the afternoon. It is a seamless set of experiences that brings to life the look and feel of leadership and high-performing teams.”

Leading Teams for Growth and Change is without a doubt our most innovative Executive Education program at Darden, and I’d suggest it is one of the most distinctive in the world,” said Colin Winter, senior director of Darden Executive Education open-enrollment programs.

“Using a 50/50 split between our top-ranked faculty at Darden with Lynn Isabella, and a former World Champion and Olympic rower in Dan Lyons, participants are able to explore team leadership in a classroom setting, as well as what it feels like to be part of an effective team on the water,” added Winter. “Rowing is simply the best experiential tool I’ve ever seen for learning about teamwork – it’s the only sport where every single person is giving 100 percent of their effort, and yet totally in sync with the rest of the team to achieve an optimal outcome.”

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About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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