The Heart of Leadership:
Moving Forward Through Change

Leadership • Change Management • Resiliency

Seminar Instructors: Paul Woodruff, PhD & AJ Josefowitz, PhD
Upcoming Course Dates: February 5, 2020

This seminar draws on the disciplines of psychology and ethics to examine the various behaviors and strategies that enable leaders to build resilient teams and organizations. Participants will emerge with confidence that they know how to lead others through change successfully.

Course Description

This seminar draws on the disciplines of psychology and ethics to examine the various behaviors and strategies that enable leaders to build resilient teams and organizations.

The Heart of Leadership Seminar: Moving Forward Through Change focuses on the leader-constituent relationship in teams undergoing the stress of major changes. The seminar explores how effective leaders help constituents find purpose, optimism, and integrity in service of their needs for meaning, hope, and trust. Such interpersonal dynamics are especially important for teams facing fundamental changes such as restructuring, merger/acquisition, mission realignment, etc.

The seminar is grounded in the experience of the faculty leaders in consulting and management. The faculty combine the expertise of a philosopher who writes and teaches on leadership with the knowledge of a consultant in organization development who has years of experience coaching leaders and developing teams. The result is a seminar that is both intellectually stimulating and practically applicable.

This seminar is delivered in two parts, with the morning dedicated to lecture and discussion, while the afternoon session allows participants to engage in practical exercises based on real-world scenarios.

Participants in this seminar will emerge with confidence that they know how to lead others through change and adversity successfully.


Morning Session: Lecture and Discussion

  • Why effective leaders must build and sustain a sense of meaning, hope, and trust in their teams.
  • How leaders do this through infusing their teams with thoughtful optimism, integrity, and a shared purpose.

Afternoon Session: Practical Exercises and Discussion

Participants will form teams dealing with detailed scenarios they choose from a list. Examples include:

  • A merger with another team
  • Modification of the team’s mission
  • Regrouping after a reduction in force
  • Branching off to form a risky start-up
Details & Registration

Location: UT Austin Campus
Upcoming Courses: February 5, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.7 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this course (seven hours of instruction)

Seminar Pricing

Seminar Fee Includes:

  • Course Registration
  • Parking
  • WiFi Access
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Course Materials

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at

Spring 2020

Course Leader(s)

Paul Woodruff is a philosopher who writes and teaches on leadership. He has won a number of teaching awards, of which the first was for devising a war game for the Army at Ft. Bragg in 1970. His books include The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness, and Rewards as well as Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue. He has been teaching at UT since 1973 and is Darrell K. Royal professor in Ethics and American Society. As inaugural dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT, he oversaw a massive change in curriculum and a reorganization of academic services for undergraduates, so he is no stranger to change.

AJ Josefowitz is an organization development consultant who coaches leaders and develops teams. He helps leaders leverage tensions between organization goals and individual needs by helping them build healthy work environments for trust, collaboration, and accountability. He helps his clients identify barriers and reach understandings and commitments to drive positive change. A New Yorker at heart, AJ has been a resident of Austin, TX since 1995 and now calls it home. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Who Should Participate?

The majority of participants in our Seminars and Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in an HDO Professional Seminar.

While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find The Heart of Leadership: Moving Forward Through Change most directly relevant to their work:

  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Consultants
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Program Managers
  • Project Managers
Out-of-Town Participants

For participants coming in for seminars from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance.

HDO recommends the following hotels:

HDO works with these many of these venues on a regular basis. If you need assistance selecting a hotel, please contact Jessica Crawford, HDO’s Senior Administrative Associate at

On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the day of their seminar. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro’s website.


I very much enjoyed the combination of academic and real world experience. I felt like I was in the company of giants.

– Kristen Fields, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at mmmpanadas


The role play was surprisingly useful – and I normally hate role play. The faculty chose inspiring quotes and anecdotes to illustrate their points. I was highly engaged and inspired throughout.

– Derek Lemons, Deputy Director of Operations, Texas State History Museum


As always, Dr. Woodruff’s insight, stories, and ability to connect the material to real life situations made for an engaging day. I’m always very thankful for stumbling on HDO. It’s been truly life-changing.

– Jeannie Flaherty, Technical Writer, Pathway Vet Alliance


These two instructors combined brought up so many thoughtful and useful points on leadership that I will be able to apply in my professional life.

– Carrie Nelson, Registrar & Advisor, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Upper School


I loved that there was a lot of discussion and that it wasn’t just a lecture; there were many opportunities to learn from other classmates.

– Janette Connell, Managing Director, Insperity