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Global Leadership


Leadership has become the one dominant driver for successful businesses worldwide. Prepare yourself for high-stakes challenges and critical decision-making with the necessary competencies to navigate the local and global marketplace. This program develops the following core leadership competency domains:

  • Self Leadership
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership
  • Innovative Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership

Who Should Enroll

  • Leaders who wish to better compete in our increasingly global economy with cultural intelligence and across multiple cultural groups
  • Individuals who seek to further cultivate their leadership skills and business strategy in a global context
  • Working professionals who wish to develop their skills when considering organizational issues and challenges from multiple perspectives
  • Professionals who seek deeper strategic insight in the global business environment that impacts the business

Program Benefits

  • Develop deeper strategic insight into your organization and role by enhancing your skills in identifying the critical changes in the global business environment that impacts the business
  • Learn leadership competencies to foster innovation and strengthen team dynamics to facilitate opportunities for innovations to work processes, products, or services including the psychological safety of team members and their willingness to take risk
  • Build skills around self-awareness and identify your leadership profile, while further developing core skills in leadership authenticity, emotional intelligence, and communication and influence
  • Understand how cultural biases and assumptions damage organizational value, impact decision-making, and harm business, and how the development of CQ capabilities is crucial for limiting implicit bias and its negative impact

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X404.5
Leading Across Cultures (1.50 Units)
MGMT X404.5
to be scheduled     to be scheduled
MGMT X404.6
Leading Strategy (1.50 Units)
MGMT X404.6
  to be scheduled    
MGMT X404.7
Leading Innovation (1.50 Units)
MGMT X404.7
  to be scheduled    
MGMT X404.8
Leading Self (1.50 Units)
MGMT X404.8
    to be scheduled  

Elective Courses

1-SS Global NonCert
MGMT 802.2
Executive Challenge Simulation (1.00 CEU)
MGMT 802.2
  to be scheduled   to be scheduled

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Winter 2023 Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Oct 20 Jan 19 Apr 20 Jul 13
Courses Begin* (week of) Jan 3 Mar 27 Jun 20 Sep 25
Courses End* (week of) Mar 13 Jun 5 Sep 5 Dec 11
Administrative Holidays Dec 22-31, Jan 1-3, Jan 16, Feb 20 Mar 31, May 29 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 4 Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2

*Actual dates may vary by program.




Leading Across Cultures

This course addresses the leadership skills and competencies that are requisite for leading across cultures in a global business environment. Participants will learn from frameworks, principles, and practices regarding how to leverage their cross-cultural business experiences for greater influence and effectiveness across cultural contexts (teams, organizations, regions, countries, etc.).

This course is designed to develop participants’ recognition and understanding of the biases and implicit assumptions about other cultures (ethnic, racial, national, gender, generational, functional/professional, etc.) that often erode value for organizations in global business environments and undermine leadership effectiveness in such contexts. Participants will learn how implicit bias plays a key role in organizations and many decision-making processes driven by global leaders, and how the development of CQ capabilities is critical for limiting implicit bias and its negative impact across global organizations.

Module 1: Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Framework

  • CQ Drive
  • CQ Knowledge
  • CQ Strategy
  • CQ Action

Module 2: Global Mindset Framework

  • Psychological Capital
  • Intellectual Capital
  • Social Capital

Module 3: Implicit/Unconscious Bias

  • Costs of implicit bias and the business case
  • Biases and implicit assumptions of other cultures
  • Strategies for minimizing bias as a global leader

Module 4: CQ Development Plan

  • Personal development actions and strategies
  • Team development actions and strategies
  • Leadership Development Journal: Reflections and Application Questions
  • Leadership Development Plan (Leading Across Cultures)

Read article on The Cost of Implicit Bias.


Leading Strategy

Participants will develop their knowledge and skills concerning the role of leaders in developing and executing business strategy in a global context. Participants will learn how to consistently adopt a ‘big picture’ view of the issues and challenges facing their organization in a global context to avoid the ‘silo thinking’ that often obstructs an organization’s capacity for executing strategic initiatives.

This module will introduce participants to frameworks for assessing their organization in the global business environment and develop their skills in considering organizational issues and challenges from multiple perspectives (departments, business units, geographic regions, etc.).

Overall, participants will develop deeper strategic insight into their organization and their role by enhancing their skills in identifying the critical changes in the global business environment that impacts the business.

Module 1: Strategic Alignment Framework

  • Strategic Fit and Alignment
  • Execution versus Learning Orientation
  • Business Strategy and Sources of Competitive Advantage
  • Case Analysis: Netflix, Inc.

Module 2: Strategic Planning in VUCA Contexts

  • PESTLE Sectors
  • Porter’s Five-Force Analysis
  • Environmental Scanning Practices
  • Strategic Planning Practices

Module 3: Learning Organization Principles

  • Supportive Learning Environments
  • Learning Processes and Practices
  • Leadership Reinforcing Learning

Module 4: Developing Strategic Insight

  • Enhancing Strategic Thinking Skills
  • Developing Learning Organization Capabilities

Read article on What Leaders Need to Know: How to Develop a Global Leadership Strategy During a Time of Unprecedented Uncertainty.


Leading Innovation

Participants will learn several core competencies and skills in effectively leading innovation and change across their teams and organizations. This course will focus on how leaders develop their respective team’s openness to new technology and other forms of innovation as part of change initiatives.

Participants will learn leadership competencies in remaining attentive to their teams and team dynamics that offer opportunities for adopting innovations to work processes, products, or services, including the psychological safety of team members and their willingness to take risks and provide input and perspectives that are divergent from the status quo. Participants will also develop skills in leadership agility, including actively learning from their international and global experiences, both successes and setbacks, proactively seeking feedback from colleagues and coworkers, and changing their approach to working with new colleagues and teams in different contexts (business units, regions, countries, etc.).

Module 1: Building Psychological Safety

  • Google’s Project Aristotle
  • High-Performance Team Characteristics
  • Leading Teams in Adaptive Contexts (Virtual, Matrix, & Global Environments)
  • How Leaders Foster Psychologically Safe Teams

Module 2: Leading Change Initiatives

  • Leading Change Success Factors
  • Competencies for Leading Change
  • Managing Resistance and Commitment to Change

Module 3: Talent Management Capabilities

  • Enabling Capabilities (TMT Engagement, Leadership Development Culture, Talent Management ROI)
  • Assessment Capabilities (Performance Feedback, Talent Assessment and Succession Planning)
  • Transition Capabilities (New Leader Onboarding, Role-based Talent Development)

Module 4: Developing Leadership Agility

  • Learning Agility (Mental Agility, People Agility, Change Agility, Results Agility)
  • Guidelines for Giving Performance Feedback
  • Coaching Principles & Tactics
  • Feedback Triggers & Skills for Receiving Feedback

Leading Self

Participants will first develop skills around self-awareness and then identify their personal values as leaders, leadership competency strengths and limitations or gaps, and the value of actively seeking learning opportunities from all experiences, successes, and setbacks.

In addition to learning a practical model of leader emotional intelligence, participants will develop several core skills such as addressing setbacks and obstacles constructively while maintaining a positive attitude, remaining poised during highly stressful periods, and role-modeling constructive approaches to pushing through setbacks.

Participants will also develop several leadership and influence skills that are critical to leading with emotional intelligence, including non-verbal communication and balancing the ability to communicate via both inquiry (listening, reflecting, acknowledging others, etc.), and advocacy (persuading, convincing, presenting evidence, etc.).

Module 1: Leader Authenticity

  • Leader Drift Versus Leader Flow
  • Values and Leadership Principles (VALPs)
  • Johari Window Exercise

Module 2: Leader Emotional Intelligence

  • Defining Emotional Intelligence for Your Organization
  • Leader Self-Awareness and Emotional Regulation
  • Leader Resilience

Module 3: Leader Communication and Influence Skills

  • Expressing Ideas with Confidence and Emotion
  • Body Language and Nonverbal Expression
  • Inquiry versus Advocacy Communication Skills
  • Experiential Exercises: Balancing Inquiry and Advocacy as Global Leaders

Module 4: Developing Your Leadership Profile

  • Defining Your Leadership Context
  • Setting Development Goals
  • Developing Action Items and Metrics

Read article on EQ in the Workplace.

Learn How To Earn Your CertificateSpecialized Studies Award Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of four required courses for a total of 6 units (60 hours). Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course in order to be eligible for the certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. To receive your digital certificate, submit a Request for Certificate with a non-refundable $35 application fee after completing all program requirements. Students not pursuing the specialized studies are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Angela Jeantet, Ed.D., Director, UCI Division of Continuing Education
  • Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Professor of History, UCI
  • Heather Virdo, Head of Marketing Excellence, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Ian Gibson, JD, Associate Dean, UCI Division of Continuing Education
  • Jennifer McCusker, Ph.D., CEO, McCusker Consulting
  • Judith Lukomski, Chief Evolution Officer, Transitions Today
  • Kevin Groves, Ph.D., President, Groves Consulting Group, LLC, Professor of Management, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Leigh Poirier, Senior Project Manager, UCI Division of Career Pathways
  • Sam Pessin, Co-Founder, Remote Year
  • Shannon Lackey, Chief Merchandising Officer, Excelligence Learning Corporation
  • Telaireus “T.K.” Herrin, Psy.D., VP, Inclusion and Diversity Programs, Medtronic

Corporate Training

This program is available in flexible formats from small teams to large groups, to enterprise wide. Visit Corporate Education to learn more.

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.

Global Leadership Program Info Session
Recorded 8/19/20
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