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Modern Leader

  • Average Cost
  • Specialized Studies Program
  • Format

    9 months

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This program is discontinued. Please contact Francine Berg at with any questions.



Over 80% of those who try to transition to their first leadership role fail to make the shift successfully (source: Korn Ferry International).

As a first-time leader in this program, students will develop critical skills including keeping employees engaged and performing their best, navigating challenging conversations with direct reports, as well as successfully presenting and communicating information to senior leadership. Students will also learn a great deal about themselves as they create a personal leadership style and build confidence through practicing various techniques by role-playing in a safe and engaging learning environment.

Who Should Attend

If you are committed to succeeding in an ever more demanding workforce, you must demonstrate leadership training and experience. This leadership program is designed specifically for the needs of emerging supervisors and managers who want to take ownership of their careers and move to the next level.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for managers.

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(25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Utilize comprehensive self-assessment tools to identify and understand your motivations and capabilities as a leader
  • Examine modern leadership styles used by leaders in a variety of industries and recognize which naturally align with your skillset
  • Understand the complementary functions of management and leadership
  • Recognize and identify strategies to overcome personal impulses that may lead to problematic behaviors
  • Create an adaptable strategic plan including intelligent delegation and utilization of resources
  • Investigate and design a career purpose that is bigger than you
  • Analyze characteristics and behaviors used to exude confidence
  • Build your support team and find mentors to practice ongoing self-development with accountability

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

Receive Customized Training for your Employees

“Each week, I was able to apply what I'd learned to my daily work tasks and projects and interactions with colleagues. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to gain insight into other top leaders and how they can use that knowledge to enhance their own personal leadership approach.” Jasmine G.
“Leading from Within” course

Learn How To Earn Your CertificateSpecialized Studies Award Requirements

All courses are three units; approximately 30 hours of evaluated learning.

To earn a Specialized Studies Award, individuals must complete all three courses with a grade of “C” or better for a total of nine quarter units (90 hours of instruction). Upon completion of requirements, submit a Request for Specialized Studies with a non-refundable $35 application fee.

Advisory Committee

  • Brian Breen, Director of Corporate Education, UCI Division of Continuing Education
  • Stacey Connaughton, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Head of School, The Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
  • Patty Malone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Communications, Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • Armin Pajand, M.S., CFA®, Vice President of Global Leadership Development, CapitaPartners

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.