In a rapidly changing world, organizations need effective leaders who can adapt to meet challenges.
Named one of the top leadership certificate programs in the United States, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management Leadership Program aims to build executives who can lead through times of change and crisis, and motivate teams to reach their objectives.
Based on the Situational Leadership Model, this program will give you the chance to lead a fictional team through varying scenarios while assessing your role within this environment. Over eight weeks, you’ll examine ways to adapt your behavior to achieve the goals of your organization, as well as the needs of the individual or group you’re leading. The curriculum focuses on three key areas: the self as a leader, your relationship with your team, and the workplace environment in which your teams are situated.
You’ll walk away with:
A situational leadership decision aid that can be used to guide your leadership approach
A set of practical leadership skills to help motivate your teams to achieve organizational goals
An understanding of personality theory and the ability to apply it throughout various leadership scenarios
Key leadership insights from industry experts and UC Davis faculty
Validation of your skills in the form of a certificate of completion from a highly ranked business school
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is collaborating with GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, to create a new class of learning experience — one that is immersive, collaborative, and designed for optimal accessibility for the busy working professional. Take advantage of flexible learning (7–10 hours per week) and the support of a personal Success Manager on the easy-to-use Online Campus interface. Join a global learning community of like-minded professionals and earn a certificate of completion as recognition of the industry-leading competencies you’ve developed over the six weeks of this program.
The topics covered in this program include:
Module 1: Situational Leadership: An Organizing Framework Explore foundational principles of the situational leadership approach.
Module 2: Leadership and Personality Discover how to choose appropriate leaders based on the Big Five personality framework.
Module 3: Leadership and Communication Exploring the importance of communicating values and trustworthiness.
Module 4: Understanding Leadership as a Relationship With Followers Understanding your followers as individuals: Team composition and team motivation.
Module 5: Leading Teams Learn how to design team purpose, effectively fill team roles and promote team psychological safety.
Module 6: Leading in Times of Crisis Discover different leadership approaches and how to adopt them in different situations.
Module 7: Leading Change Explore how to lead in different types of change situations.
Module 8: Creating a Situational Leadership Decision Aid Learn how to apply your theoretical understanding and insights to create a situational leadership decision aid.
Is This Program for You?
This leadership program is aimed at professionals looking to enhance their career performance, as well as those aspiring to reach a leadership or management position. Any established managers or team leads who are looking to take on more responsibility will benefit from learning to develop their personal leadership style. The skills and tools gained in this program are designed to be immediately applicable in your current business context, enabling you to manage and direct your teams more effectively. Those interested in aligning their leadership approach with the needs of their team and organization will benefit from the unique situational decision aid provided in this program.
How to Register?
This online program is available to professionals around the world, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. While there are no acceptance criteria or registration fees, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF reader and Excel. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word, or similar programs.
This program is presented entirely online, in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand. Visit the Leadership Program page on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming program dates, the price, and more.
View the program brochure to find out more about this program.
Will I Have the Time?
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the program, and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week, you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes, and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
What Is the Online Campus?
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your program. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of program content formats, including interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow participants, and Head Tutor through the discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Adviser, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.
Can My Employer Assist With Payment?
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.
What Are My Payment Options?
You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the program starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for programs nine weeks and shorter. For programs ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more about payment options, please visit the Payment and Financing page.
If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with an Enrollment Adviser here.