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Business Essentials for Leaders


The need for leaders who can communicate with their teams effectively is in high demand. This one-week program will take you on a journey to hone your leadership style through a combination of business- and communication-focused topics. Learn how to build an extraordinary presentation, craft a compelling story, and connect with your audience in meetings or presentations. Discover the impact of body language and vocal techniques and how to employ them for better communication. Learn how to utilize the full capabilities of Microsoft Excel business applications for successful forecasting and data-driven decision making. The program ends with a reflection that will help you better understand and articulate who you are as a leader.

Who Should Attend

Newly appointed and prospective managers from sales, marketing, human resources, purchasing, finance, as well as professionals working in global settings.

Program Benefits

  • Apply the foundational principles of leadership theory to your own managerial approach
  • Identify the various communication styles to become a more effective leader
  • Walk away with tools to better present yourself and connect with your audience

Course Schedule

  Part-time Schedule

The Part-time Schedule allows students to complete the program at their own pace over several quarters or take individual courses without earning the full specialization. Courses take place during the day on the UCI campus.

Required Courses

MGMT X422.2
How to Communicate Effectively at Work (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X422.2
to be scheduled Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
MGMT X422.3
Effective Business Writing for Workplace Professionals (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X422.3
to be scheduled Campus to be scheduled to be scheduled
MGMT X422.8
Business Applications of Excel (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X422.8
MGMT X422.14
Leading Through Storytelling (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X422.14
to be scheduled CampusCampus    
MGMT X497.43
Foundations of Leadership (1.00 Unit)
MGMT X497.43
to be scheduled      

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Registration Begins Jan 24 Apr 24 Jul 17 Oct 23
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 30 Jun 22 Sep 21 Jan 4
Courses End* (week of) Jun 8 Sep 7 Dec 7 Mar 15
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 27, May 25 Jul 3, Sep 7 Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Specialization Requirements

A specialization digital certificate is presented upon successful completion of five required courses totaling five (5) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with a grade of “C” or better. If you enroll in the Part-time Schedule, submit a Request for Specialization with a non-refundable fee of $35 after completion of all requirements. (This $35 fee is included in the program fee for the Part-time Compressed Schedule.) All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a specialization award are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.