Transforming the way you live and work in the world

Leading in the Middle:

Building Influence, Driving Change

When a leader’s responsibilities expand to overseeing organizational functions and other managers, the range of competencies needed to succeed expands as well.


Given the complexity and pace of today’s organizations, the experienced
leader must have a strong sense of self, personal insight and relational facility in addition to the technical competencies of management.

This program focuses on both the inner and outer work of leadership. Using feedback from The Leadership Circle Manager Edition, you will have the opportunity to explore your personal leadership competencies working in a small group of your peers, and then utilize this understanding to develop influence and manage change within your organization.

The program, grounded in GISC’s leadership approach, presents research and theory of an evidence-based model with an emphasis on practice, reflection, and feedback. Through experiential activities, skill-building exercises, and simulated
practice, you will explore the significant differences between doing and leading, and build on the key communication skills needed to influence others at all levels of the organizational system. You will learn the powerful concept of polarities thinking and its many applications – from developing others, to blending goal-directed with relational behaviors, as well as balancing functional and divisional needs with organizational needs.


As a participant in this program you will:

  • Demonstrate understanding and ability to empower and develop managers
  • Learn to integrate cross-functional perspectives
  • Hone your communication skills – including skip-level communication without diminishing the authority of managers below you
  • Understand what drives you and how you define yourself – the inner work of
  • Assess and reflect on your leadership utilizing a 360 assessment
  • Gain insight into your leadership behaviors and assumptions that lead to high achievement
  • Gain insight into your inner beliefs and assumptions that limit your effectiveness and authentic expression as a leader
  • Understand and update your leadership brand
  • Deepen awareness of your strengths and development needs as a leader and set a path for future growth
  • Build your professional network of support
  • Have the opportunity to reinforce learning in a live-online follow-up group-coaching experience

This program is for experienced leaders who are charged with leading functions or other managers or who expect to move into such a role. The program is also suitable for senior leaders wishing to understand key concepts for this level of leadership or who have no prior training and seek formal leadership development.

Leading Self: Gestalt Foundations is a prerequisite for this and all core GISC leadership programs for participants who are new to GISC training. Leading Self is offered at a special rate for those taking it in combination with another GISC leadership program. Please contact the GISC office if you have questions.


Follow-on Support
Optional fee-based learning and support through individual or group coaching is available and encouraged for graduates of this program.



“This workshop allows for any leader to step outside of their functional expertise and realize a different way to impact and add value to their organization.”
2013 Participant

“The leadership skills program helped me to pinpoint strengths and identify key practices needing fine tuning or improvement. Can’t wait to get moving on what I’ve learned.”
Michael Foster
Retail Initiatives Manager, Hannaford Bros.




Leading in the Middle:

Building Influence, Driving Change

October 19-23, 2019
Saturday, 2pm
Wednesday, 4pm


GISC Member: $3,900

Please also register for 

Leading Self: Gestalt Foundations 
if you are new to 
GISC leadership training

CE Hours
Faculty: Ann Carr
  Øyvind Larsen
  Jamie Morin
Location South Wellfleet, Cape Cod Massachusetts, United States
Massachusetts organizations: 50% tuition reimbursement is available for organizations with fewer than 100 employees. Click here for information about how to apply for these grants from the state.

“Already a seasoned professional, I moved to a new area and faced many challenges adjusting to changes in my personal and professional life. The Skills for Influential Leadership class helped me reevaluate the value and skills I bring to the table. I left the three-day program with renewed interest in collaboration and problem solving as well as a renewed sense of confidence. I can’t wait to go back to another program.”

Sheila Hoogeboom, MEd
Director of Business & Credit Programs
Community Development Partnership

“This program was a big help for me. I learned a lot about myself and several simple tools that improved my ability to work with and lead others on my team as well as my clients. I learned how to recognize and set aside some of my own assumptions about people and the challenges we were facing. This has allowed me to see new opportunities and solutions for moving my organization forward.”

Daniel Clark
Program Director

Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900