Leading Teams for Growth and Change

  • In times of high stress and organizational change, it’s easy to forget that poor team performance is often the result of unskilled leadership. Sharpen your collaborative focus to build happier, more functional teams — while achieving significant productivity and operational gains.

  • At a Glance

    Propel your team to championship results, even in challenging conditions. In Leading Teams for Growth and Change, you'll become a more sensitive and powerful leader through self-diagnosis, expert change management strategies, peer workshops and daily sweep rowing experiences led by Olympic rower Dan Lyons.

    The Program

    Take control of your teams and organizational success by working from the inside out. In the classroom and on the water, you'll develop the skills that foster a winning team culture. Half of your time will be spent on case study analysis, small group discussions and role-playing exercises to help you learn the tenets of inspiring leadership. You'll diagnose and solve issues of team dynamics before putting your new skills to work. Every morning, you'll get your feet - and hands, arms and legs - wet in the Rivanna Reservoir as you row, and ultimately compete, a full racing shell with a group of your peers. Led by world champion Dan Lyons, you'll discover first-hand how the quality of a team's response depends on its leader's direction. You'll listen, adjust and sweat your way to a new level of leadership style - and a life-long respect for the power of effective collaboration.

    Where You'll Excel

    • Embrace listening as a key leadership skill and practice offering constructive feedback.
    • Visualize and communicate shared goals.
    • Bridge differences between team members and discover which of your personal skills are most helpful in competitive and collaborative situations.
    • Design team structures that maximize output without overextending individuals.
    • Examine and experience the many emotional factors at play during challenging conditions.

    Schedule & Topics

    • Diagnosing and Remedying Team Dynamics
    • Coaching for Exemplary Performance
    • Creating a Culture for Paramount Team Functioning
    • Bridging Differences in Teams
    • Learning the Right Lessons from Your Team Experiences
    • The Roles Collaboration and Teamwork Play in Change and Business Growth
    • The Leadership Secrets for Inspiring Teams
    • How Individual Strengths Blend Into Team High Performance


    After Leading Teams for Growth and Change, you'll walk away with:

    • A heightened awareness of your own strengths as a team member
    • A more participatory and collaborative leadership mindset
    • Olympic techniques and concepts for coaching teams, including the ability to inspire commitment, loyalty and pride while striving toward a shared goal
    • A sharpened ability to assess and applaud the talents of individuals and determine which tasks will suit them best
    • Ways to build team-member potential without sacrificing productivity
    • An expanded ability to sympathize with direct reports who must master new roles and routines in turbulent circumstances 


    This program is designed for executives and team leaders responsible for enhancing effectiveness, growth, innovation or enterprise-wide performance. Directors and managers, including mid- to senior-level project, unit and division managers, will benefit from building the skills to energize and inspire their teams.




    Lynn A. Isabella

    Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Isabella is an expert, published author and teacher in the areas of leadership, change and organizational behavior, with special expertise in leading change as a middle manager. She has extensive experience helping companies worldwide with leadership development, team-building, and strategic alliances and partnerships. In addition to her MBA, she holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and a master's degree in education.

    Daniel K. Lyons

    World Gold Medalist and Olympian in Rowing
    Founder and President of Team Concepts Inc.
    Founder of Champions of Hope Inc.
    Lyons is noted for his expertise on teams, team-building and leadership, reflecting his unique combination of high achievement in the sport of rowing, perspective as a coach for the past 30 years, and extensive military and ancient history knowledge and teaching background. In addition to competing in the 1988 Olympics, Lyons rowed on seven U.S. national teams, won world and Pan-American gold medals, and was inducted into the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame after winning 11 national championship titles. He holds two master's degrees (one from Oxford) and a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Location & Accommodations

    Starting in Spring 2019, Leading Teams for Growth and Change will be hosted at:

    Sands Family Grounds
    Darden School of Business 
    1100 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the Hyatt Centric, just a few minutes walk from the Sands Family Grounds. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Daily rowing practice will be held at Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac River. Transportation to and from the boat center is provided.

    Tuition & Certificates

    $9,450 covers materials, meals and accommodations at the  Inn at Darden.

    By taking this course, you will earn one week of credit toward a Certificate in LeadershiporGeneral Management.