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The Wolper Institute specializes in innovative methodology that bring tools and fresh air into a demanding workplace and culture.


The Leadership and Authority in Groups Workshop utilizes a unique immersive methodology provided by a multi-disciplinary team of doctoral-level experts. It is designed for participants to gain more self awareness about their defenses which obstruct learning and leadership, thus challenging them to view interpersonal relationships in the workplace from a new perspective.

After all, the most successful leaders have a strong understanding of group dynamics and skills to mange diverse roles as leader and as team members across different contexts and cultures.

Founder Jeff Wopler  and his team have brought their unique approach to corporations, The United States Department of State, multiple universities including The Lauder Institute at The Wharton School, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and professional psychology associations delivering a workshop far removed from the usual three-day workshop interlude.


Our entire professional lives are built around authority and structure. Over time, this develops expectations for workplace operations in even the most successful and effective leaders and team members; though designed to facilitate communication, expectations and assumptions about authority, professionalism and structure can also hinder effective cooperation and collaboration.

In other words, the language of the workplace can be used to hide from our co-workers, or even ourselves.


The Leadership and Authority in Groups Workshop includes several components revealing the subtle nuances and seismic energy hindering your workplace operations.

Reading – A bibliography is provided in advance of the workshop with particular articles to be read in preparation for this venture.

The Introduction – The first hour of the workshop includes an overview of the methodology, literature, and rational for the program.

Small Group – Most of the learning occurs in the small group of approximately thirteen participants. Although offered for a single group, the workshop usually includes two to four small groups each with its own consultant. One of the key components of the workshop is establishing an authority vacuum in the small group.  As opposed to top – down lectures, an over-reliance on the reading material, impersonal slide presentations that send participants looking outward, we remove expectations of “professionalism and  authority” while we guide your team inward.

Then with interventions from a team of experts referred to as consultants the group learns to approach leadership in ways that honor personal or cultural differences. The focus of our participants is inward in the here and now providing deeply pertinent, customized training for your entire staff.

Large Group – The small groups are supplemented with a structured task designed to strengthen the learning which occurs in the small groups.

The large group components provide an opportunity to further study the underlying group dynamics in different contexts. The large group gathers once a day throughout the workshop. Participants are instructed to complete one of the following tasks. Group members compare and contrast their experience in the small group providing cross fertilization of the resources present. Another task requires participants to discuss specific themes that are emerging in the small group(s) identified by the consultants. During one of the gatherings a film is viewed to change the focus from studying their own behavior to that of a group in the movie.  This serves to strengthen the learning for continued self inquiry in the small group.

Debriefing – The workshop concludes with a one hour lecture, questions and answers, and completion of a workshop evaluation. While participants are free to leave following the debriefing, a short reception completes the experience for those who want to say good bye informally.  Frequently, participant satisfaction is demonstrated by the difficulty bringing the reception to a close.

Attendance Requirement – The Leadership and Authority in Groups Workshop requires 100% attendance for all sessions.  The group is the sum of its parts, and the presence of every individual is critical. Missing a session has a substantive impact on the group as a whole. Such absences sabotage the group’s learning because the focus shifts to the missing member rather than its developmental progress; the process and learning is further compromised when the individual returns.


Participants gain insight about underlying dynamics that govern team performance and interpersonal issues including the distribution of power, competition, and social identities, allowing partcipants the following benefits:

  • Be more effective in groups — including negotiations, leading successful work teams, and managing conflict
  • Increase awareness of the impact that a range of behaviors have on groups
  • Gain a clearer understanding of group dynamics in general — especially how groups relate to authority and how you manage your role, or roles, in a group
  • Enhance leadership ability, management skills and team performance — including across different demographics or cultures.

The session was much more than the usual “team building” exercise. Dr. Wolper helped my staff begin to engage in authentic conversations that are essential in the collaborative work we do.

Connie Majka

I am extremely grateful to Dr. Wolper and his team for opening my eyes to the unseen processes that drive me, and for giving me a new vista for personal growth and development.

Ming Khor

Thank you Jeff. This course will never be the same (without you) because you are, and forever will be, the highest of all authority.

Kiki R.