Purpose-Driven Leadership
Identify your purpose and maximize your power in this course led by the director of the HiNT Lab at USC, co-director of the Psychology of Technology Institute, and one of Poets and Quants’ “World’s 40 Best Business Professors Under 40.”

LIVE Virtual

Program Information

Trust in institutions and confidence in leaders is in peril. Based on a 2020 report by Edelman, none of the four major institutions — government, business, NGOs or media — are trusted to be both competent and ethical. These findings 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.

This program will provide you with the tools necessary for becoming the purpose-driven leader that your current and future employees will be eager to follow. What fuels you? Through a unique approach that is backed by science and widely tested with executives, you will hone your sense of higher purpose as a leader while developing new tools and strategies for growing your power and influence. 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.


An important aspect of our programs is the ability to share your accomplishment with important stakeholders. Upon completing Purpose-Driven Leadership, you will earn a digital badge recognizing your new proficiency. Share and showcase your achievements by posting your digital badge on online resumes and social networks such as LinkedIn.

Key Takeaways / Curriculum:

  • 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

Who Should

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

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.



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


9 live hours total, 3 live sessions of 3 hours each.


First DatesSeptember 13, 15, and 20, 2022

Second DatesTo Be Announced

Program Cost


COURSE DISCLAIMEREvery 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.


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."

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