Professor Hannah holds an endowed chair in management at Wake Forest University School of Business. He is a retired US Army Colonel with vast practical experience leading complex organizations and developing leaders. He previously was the Director of Leadership and Management Programs at West Point – The United States Military Academy, and as the Director of the US Army’s center for the profession and character-based leader development.

Dr. Hannah holds a PhD in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He sits on the editorial boards of numerous top academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, and has published a breadth of papers in the world’s premier management journals. As a practicing leader, he has served in command and staff positions in Infantry units in Europe, Cuba, Panama, Southwest Asia, and the United States. He served in combat with the lead unit of 3d Armored Division during Desert Storm, where his unit was awarded the Valorous Unit Award and he the Bronze Star. He has served from the lowest tactical levels to the highest strategic levels, having worked for two Chiefs of Staff of the Army and an Assistant Secretary; an engaged and effective educator and trainer, he synthesizes his research and practical leadership experience to engage students and leaders and enhance their learning. Beyond university teaching he has conducted over 300 executive education programs with major corporations and other U.S. and international organizations on leadership, leader development and character development.


Effective leaders possess a broad set of leadership skills and competencies – the science of leadership – and they know when, where, and under what conditions to use each – the art of leadership. Dr. Hannah will combine cutting-edge research with lessons-learned from his three decades of personal leadership experience, spanning from a front line to a strategic leader, to advance attendees’ capabilities and development as inspirational leaders. This seminar will cover various forms of leader style, power and influence, and focus on the more effective forms of transformational, inspirational, and authentic leadership behaviors. Attendees will explore a full range model of flexible leader behaviors and increase their understanding of how to best tailor their leadership to achieve desired effects. To aid self-awareness and development, participants will take various leadership self-assessments and will begin to create a personalized leader development plan with a format provided. The assessments and leader development plan will be tied to the seminar content and filled out and discussed throughout the day.  
Kansas City - February 25, 2020


One of the most important functions of senior leaders is managing the strategic processes and systems of their organizations. This includes strategy formulation, the development of strategic plans, and the execution parameters for those plans. It also includes strategic thinking, which is both a process and a mindset. No matter how well planned, reactions of competitors, suppliers, and customers; changes in regulatory environments, resource availability, or other dynamic changes often require that plans must change during execution. This session will address both strategic thinking and a dynamic, rich strategizing process. Best practices of strategic leadership will be covered to enhance senior leaders' abilities to guide their organizations to thrive through VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) contexts. Once strategies are set, strategic implementation must be enacted. This session will thus also cover strategic nesting and alignment. Organizations often become fragmented because their strategy, vision, mission and organizational values aren’t properly integrated or become misaligned. This session will cover how to align these strategic components to ensure that the strategy cascades down through the operational and tactical levels of the organization. As part of achieving this alignment, this session will address how effective leaders communicate their vision and intent to leaders and followers at lower levels.
Cleveland - February 20, 2020
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