Becoming a Resonant Leader


Inspiring Change in Yourself and Others…
with the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Great leaders move us by tapping into a basic human characteristic – our emotions. Although they talk of strategy and competition, truly great leaders establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. They are literally, in tune with others around them. Research has shown that exceptional leaders, executives and managers are not just smart or lucky, but more frequently rely on their emotional intelligence. Their own levels of emotional intelligence enable them to create and nurture resonant relationships and serve as a path to effective and enduring leadership.

This course will be led by Dr. Melvin Smith, Professor, Organizational Behavior, at Case Western Reserve University’s, Weatherhead School of Management. Learn more about Dr. Melvin Smith.

Becoming a Resonant Leader offers the inspiration–and tools–to spark and sustain resonance in ourselves and in those we lead.

May 23-24, 2017 (2 full days), $1,495
Leadership Louisville Center members receive a $100 discount – use discount code: MEMBER2DAY
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Who’s it for?

Emerging executives and senior leaders with significant management responsibilities in their organizations.

Topics covered

  • Defining great leadership
  • The impact of resonant leadership versus dissonant leadership
  • The contagious nature of emotions
  • The power of neurogenesis
  • Engaging the parasympathetic nervous system
  • The cycle of sacrifice and renewal
  • Further developing emotional and social intelligence competencies through the Process of Intentional Change
  • Developing a personal vision
  • Creating and leveraging a personal development network

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how leaders harness the power of positive emotions to move through a deep emotional connection called resonance
  • Discover what resonance looks and feels like
  • Learn how to develop resonance in yourself and others
  • Develop an advanced understanding of emotional and social intelligence
  • Understand the challenges of sustaining effective leadership over time
  • Practice the concept of Intentional Change Theory, an empirically-proven process for achieving sustained, desired change
  • Understand the link between emotional intelligence and keeping employees engaged during times of disruption

Course materials

Tuition includes a copy of Resonant Leadership (Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee) and the accompanying workbook, Becoming a Resonant Leader.

“The Weatherhead professors are world class.  It is incredibly valuable to be able to discuss real world leadership issues and their solutions with the people who literally wrote the books on them.”

Johnathan Choe, Executive Vice President/Retail Executive, Fifth Third Bank, USA

About the Facilitator


Melvin L. Smith, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Smith holds a B.S. degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University and an MBA in Marketing from Clark-Atlanta University. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Dr. Smith’s research and teaching focus on leadership and emotional intelligence in the workplace, as well as social exchange relationships, social networks, and the development and use of human and social capital in organizations.

Dr. Smith has provided training and/or consulting services to a number of organizations including Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Bendix, Ben Venue Laboratories, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dealer Tire, Fifth Third Bank, H.J. Heinz, Javitch, Block, & Rathbone, LLP, McKinsey & Company, NASA, Novelis, PCC Airfoils, PNC Bank, Progressive Insurance, Roadway Express, Rockwell Automation, Scottish Enterprise, Tremco, University Hospitals Neurological Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as a number of public school districts and trade associations. In addition, he has served as a visiting professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain where he co-taught a senior executive education course on emotionally intelligent leadership.

Prior to completing his doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, Melvin spent more than fifteen years in a series of sales/marketing management, and organization development positions with a number of Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Pepsi-Cola, and H.J. Heinz.

His publications include: Social Capital and Intentional Change: Exploring the Role of Social Networks on Individual Change Efforts; Developing Sustainable Leaders through Coaching and Compassion (with Richard Boyatzis and Nancy Blaize); and Making a Positive Impact through Emotionally Intelligent Leadership.


At the conclusion of Green Room courses, the Leadership Louisville Center will provide the following documentation for CEU credit purposes:

Date, record of individual attendance, course title and description, workshop/event agenda, facilitator bios, course hours, and educator signature.

Approval is at the discretion of specific licensing boards or agencies.

Certification Credits for HR Professionals

PrintThe HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) has pre-approved this workshop for 5 re-certification credit hours. The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This program is valid for 5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for CPAs

Leadership Green Room workshops can provide professional development for individuals licensed to practice as a certified public accountants.  Our course completion certificate and materials provide the documentation required by the Kentucky Board of Accountancy for CPE credits.  The state board of accountancy has the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.