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Why Climb the Ladder When You Can Take the Elevator?

The next Emerging Leader cohort starts Aug. 18, 2018. APPLY TODAY!

How do you develop your organization's executives of the future? Research indicates that top performers can be as much as 1000% more productive than your average employee. Yet, it takes 10 years to develop even a top performing leader to be successful in an executive role. In order to retain high potential individuals, organizations must continue to invest in their training and development. The Emerging Leader Program can help you do just that.

The Emerging Leader Program is a yearlong leadership and business skill development program for high potential future executives in corporate, government and non-profit business organizations. In addition to experiential leadership and development training using local, regional and national thought leaders and top UD School of Business professors as facilitators, the program includes multiple assessments, networking with other high potential leaders, executive coaching and a formal mentoring program. Emerging Leaders graduate with the skills and confidence needed to be successful at the next level and beyond.

The Emerging Leader Program is ideal for top performing leaders with 10 or more years of experience and an advanced degree or combined equivalent experience. Organizations should identify emerging leaders as having the potential to advance into an executive role. Your company's selection and support of these emerging leaders will enable them to move into executive roles seamlessly, confidently, and successfully.

Program Benefits

  • Broad-based training on critical topics including executive communication, leading community collaboration, coaching for performance, creating a great workplace culture, leading change, finance, operations management, marketing and many more.
  • A strong professional network across industries with other rising leaders — relationships you can leverage for a lifetime.
  • A comprehensive 360-degree assessment of your leadership strengths/opportunities and feedback, as well as mentoring and coaching to support your growth and development as a leader.
  • The opportunity to attend two Executive Development Programs at no additional cost in the 12 months following your graduation from the program.

Upcoming Emerging Leader Programs

Individual programs feature a broad array of topics including: leading change, accounting, finance, operations management, marketing essentials, strategic business development, executive communications, legal and ethical issues in the workplace, coaching for performance, managing management time, leadership that builds community, leadership authenticity, executive effectiveness, leadership challenge and more.

2018 Emerging Leader Calendar
  • Jan. 18, 2018 - Orientation: Leadership Essentials - Understanding Self and Team Development
  • Jan. 24, 2018 - Executive Communication I: Gaining the Advantage through Professional Presence
  • Feb. 6, 2018 - Mentor Training
  • Mar. 1, 2018 - Executive Communication II: The Art of Leadership Communication
  • Mar. 21, 2018 - Coaching for Performance
  • Apr. 11, 2018 - Leading Community Collaboration
  • May 8, 2018 - Creating a Great Workplace Culture
  • May 23, 2018 - Learn, Lead, and Serve
  • Jun. 14, 2018 - Executive Effectiveness: Key Strategies for Increasing Engagement
  • July 18-20, 2018 - The Leadership Challenge
  • Aug. 30, 2018 - Leading Change: Mastering the Challenge of Change
  • Sep. 5, 2018 - Accounting Fundamentals: Finance for Non-Financial Managers I
  • Sep. 18, 2018 - Finance for Non-Financial Managers II
  • Oct. 3, 2018 - Operations Management
  • Oct. 24, 2018 -  Marketing Essentials
  • Nov. 13, 2018 - Strategic Management
  • Dec. 12-13, 2018 - Business Simulation
  • Dec. 13, 2018 - Graduation

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Emerging Leader cohorts start twice each year in January and August. Prospective participants should submit an application here.

For more information, contact us at 937-229-3115 or leadership@udayton.edu


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