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Global Leadership

Coming Soon – January 2022!


Leadership has become the one dominant driver for successful businesses—worldwide. The roles of leaders are constantly changing, and strategies need to be quickly modified to compete in our market, especially considering global, political, and cultural issues. As leaders in a fierce global economy, we focus on continually innovating, driving revenue, and gaining market share. It’s just what we do—and we’re programmed to perform like that. And we’re dedicated to working alongside our colleagues and teams to promote and foster collaboration.

The need for disruption and evolution now requires cultural intelligence. And, importantly, the framework for cultural intelligence needs to be established by leaders that can navigate across multiple cultural groups, including generations, backgrounds, geographic locations, and professional groups. Our Global Leadership Program is designed for leaders, like you, that are working to revolutionize your industry. We offer the opportunity for you to invest in programs that create new opportunities to lead a globally diverse workforce. UCI gives you direct access to sessions that are delivered live and online. Our active learning approach will consist of individual assessments, articles and chapters, cases, experiential activities, and planning.

Who Should Enroll

  • This certificate is suited for emerging and mid-level managers that want to develop their leadership skills
  • Leaders who wish to better compete in our increasingly global economy with cultural intelligence and across multiple cultural groups
  • Existing and emerging leaders seeking to develop a globally diverse workforce
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X404.5
Leading Across Cultures (1.50 Units)
MGMT X404.5
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MGMT X404.6
Leading Strategy (1.50 Units)
MGMT X404.6
  to be scheduled    
MGMT X404.7
  to be scheduled    
MGMT X404.8
    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 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*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)

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

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

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

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

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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