Purpose-Driven Leadership
Clarify your purpose, connect with your passion, and influence and lead others.

Course Information

Course Dates: September 17, 19 & 24, 2024

Registration Deadline: September 10, 2024

Format: Live Virtual

Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $2,025

Transform into a leader that employees will be eager to follow

What fuels you? Through the Purpose-Driven Leadership program, you will hone your sense of higher purpose as a leader while developing new tools and strategies for growing your power and influence. Our unique approach is scientifically backed and widely tested with executives. This program will simultaneously help you identify your leadership objectives, find and maximize your unique sources of power, and turn your purpose into reality. Discover purpose in your work and how to leverage your unique values to drive your career, transformation, innovation, and resilience.

The program will serve as a wake-up call to existing and aspiring leaders who seek to stay relevant in the near term while charting a successful path toward significant and lasting career accomplishments. Learn to build trust and confidence in your leadership.


The Purpose-Driven Leadership program includes three 3-hour live virtual sessions.At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Name the purpose and principles that drive you as a leader
  • Identify and articulate your purpose to inspire others
  • Examine and practice the key elements of storytelling
  • Understand how powerful leaders think and what mindsets they activate Develop and protect your access to key resources
  • Improve your positioning within relationship networks in ways that improve creativity, provide access to novel information, and generate more influence
  • Embrace new strategies for honing your skills as a leader while engaging in ongoing improvement and mastery


For more, check out our Humanistic Leadership Series page.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed to maximize the impact and accelerate the careers of seasoned executives as well as leaders transitioning to more significant roles.

Digital Badge and Certificate

Upon completing the program, you will earn a digital badge recognizing your new proficiency. Share and showcase your achievements by posting your digital badge to online resumes and social networks such as LinkedIn.
9 live hours total, 3 live sessions of 3 hours each.
Additional Dates
To Be Announced
Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure this course runs as described on this webpage. Please note that course dates and professors are subject to change. You will be notified by email in advance if there is a date or professor change. Additionally, this course requires a minimum number of registrants to take place. You will be notified by email if the course does not meet this minimum.

Foster the confidence to lead in this challenging business world with artificial intelligence and machine learning increasingly displacing workers. AI technology delivers best when it serves human needs while teamwork delivers success when it is innovative, mindful, and curious. The Humanistic Leadership collection of courses give you the insights, tools, skills and passion to get your teams and business thriving.

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Teaching Methods

Live, Online: This program will take place over three 3-hour sessions of live, synchronous class sessions each day that include small group breakout sessions and discussions. To maximize this collaborative learning experience for everyone, participants are expected to attend every session and contribute actively during the class and while in small groups. This format allows for spontaneous questions and answers for immediate clarification, real-time coaching and real-world practice.

Program Faculty

Nathanael Fast

Associate Professor of Management and Organization

Nathanael Fast studies the underpinnings of power and influence in organizations and society. His research examines the psychological determinants and consequences of hierarchy, social networks, and new technology adoption, with implications for the future of work. He directs the Hierarchy, Networks, & Technology Lab (HiNT Lab) at USC and is Co-Director of the Psychology of Technology Institute. He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and has been recognized for both teaching and research, including USC’s Golden Apple Teaching Award, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, and Poets & Quants "best 40 b-school profs under the age of 40."