Albers School of Business and Economics
Executive Leadership Program

Course Information

  • The Executive Leadership Program is an 8-month cohort program encompassing 20 credits over 2 quarters. The program complements executive schedules with courses offered in compact, 2-to 3-day modules (typically Thursday-Saturday).

    Executive Leadership Program

    Building Vision for a Global Commons

    Considering the global and multi-cultural context of managerial practice, this course emphasizes the formation and practice of the art of adaptive leadership. We address issues of ‘vision’ in unprecedented conditions and the critical dimensions of purpose and motivation. Participants explore the functions of authority, trust, and power and their role in complex systems.

    Creating High Impact Teams  

    This course begins with an outdoor experiential laboratory in which participants face personal and team challenges during a three day off-site retreat. The experience increases cohesiveness among class members, and provides strong insight into factors that support effective teamwork. Back on campus, participants analyze their workplace teams and the nature of organizational supports for maximum team effectiveness. They also examine their values and behavior in relation to work and personal life.

    Leading Responsible Organizations  

    Building on earlier modules, this section of the program applies leadership models to issues facing contemporary organizations. Leadership is analyzed in the context of corporate social responsibility, leading change, strategy, innovation, and globalization, and extends to issues facing organizations represented in the program. Participants also interview local leaders and CEO’s, hear guest executive speakers, and contribute to active discussions of cases and articles.

    Ethical Leadership  

    This course examines leadership and ethical decision making. Participants gain skills and information needed to establish ethical goals, resolve ethical problems in a global marketplace, address ethical responsibilities as a leader and maintain ethical standards within pluralistic organizations and societies.

    Leadership Synthesis and Discernment 

    This course integrates and applies leadership theory to each participant’s capabilities. Students review their leadership history and reflect on direct experiences during the program to explore personal values, connection to the commons, and their role at work. Following a six-month discernment process, each student drafts a leadership development plan and reviews it with both faculty and executive coach. Emphasis is placed on exploration and alignment of personal values with organizational and societal needs in order to lead authentically for maximum impact. The course addresses transformation and change as processes involved in both personal growth and organizational leadership.

    Leadership Assessment and Coaching  

    Early in the program, this course provides comprehensive assessment of participants on their leadership skills, and their cognitive and interpersonal styles. During confidential feedback, we explore the implications of their tendencies for work and personal effectiveness. Participants then work one-on-one with a leadership coach to integrate this material with other learning in the program and improve their leadership capabilities.

    Leadership for a Just and Humane World

    This course involves a project requiring participant-teams to serve a social justice (vs. charitable) need in the community. Groups choose their domain of service, develop a sustainable model for their project, and implement their projects within the community using executive-level skills. The project is a learning laboratory, supporting regular review of participants’ experiences in leadership and teamwork against a clear set of criteria. Participants learn new methods for making decisions, working in teams, affecting and leading change, among other topics.