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Leaders Academy

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The role of leader can be challenging.  Learning methods to lead others efficiently and effectively can save time, reduce turnover, minimize risk, and make organizations more productive.   

Are your leaders adapting to today's ever-changing workplace? Give them a competitive edge by sending them to learn the latest research, trends, and best solutions in today's business environment from UGA’s Terry College of Business faculty.

This three-day program focuses on the processes and principles that characterize excellence in leadership and how to successfully transition from individual contributor to leader.

After completing the program, participants will have the skills and confidence to lead and motivate others, influence stakeholders, leverage resources, and enhance business processes to meet strategic goals. The program consists of self-assessments, case studies, peer-to-peer learning, and action plans to improve individual and team performance that can be put into practice immediately.

Who Will Benefit

  • Individuals seeking to build or improve current leadership effectiveness
  • Individuals new to leading or supervising others
  • Groups of managers from the same organization seeking to build an organizational leadership culture
  • Employers onboarding new hires who will manage others
  • Employers promoting individual contributors to leadership positions


  • Set performance and development goals for others
  • Provide usable and constructive performance feedback
  • Motivate others to achieve desired results
  • Sharpen decision-making and communication skills
  • Resolve conflict in a way that promotes performance and personal dignity
  • Build team alignment, relationships, and processes
  • Guide others successfully through organizational and professional change

Program Structure

Program Kick-Off Webinar on Effective Communications

Program Kick-Off Webinar on Effective Communications

Includes group debrief of pre-assessment SDI Strength Deployment Inventory

  • Meet your cohort
  • Understand from the assessment why we behave as we do and how we relate to others
  • Learn to choose the best approach for engaging others
How to Lead and Manage Others
  • Identify and emulate the characteristics of a great leader
  • Understand the difference between leading and managing - and why both are critical to success
  • Understand what the transition to managing others is like and learn how to do it successfully
  • Learn how to get and respond to feedback from employees – how to “continuously improve” as a leader
  • Motivate others to achieve desired outcomes
  • Navigate “managing up” the organizational structure as well
Engagement and Developing Positive Workplace Culture
  • Understand the elements of a workplace or team culture
  • Consider how workplace culture changes and evolves at a company and society
  • Examine an existing culture and work to improve it with your team
  • Explore the role of accountability
  • Discuss how to recognize and address both toxic workplaces and individuals
  • Develop an action plan to translate culture content into policy and practices for self, team, and company
  • Discuss the idea of a “bigger purpose” at work that encourages connection, meaning, purpose, and impact, leading to better retention and attracting new outstanding employees
  • Learn how to measure workplace culture with the simple Net Promoter Score tool plus ongoing individual and group conversations.
Leading Projects
  • Understand the definition of a project and role of the project’s manager
  • Develop management procedures to promote coordination and cooperation among project participants with different backgrounds and priorities
  • Plan a project and track milestones using the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Determine resources and manage a budget
  • Learn various monitoring and follow-up techniques to get things done
  • Understand process-related behaviors which can enhance teamwork and increase the likelihood of a project’s success
Building Team Effectiveness
  • Learn to recognize unconscious bias about others in the workplace
  • Understand the role of managers and their influence on employee inclusion and belonging
  • Align operations and activities to support and enhance DEI in the workplace
  • Create psychologically safe space for vulnerability and empathy
Building Team Effectiveness (Remote and In-Person Teams)
  • Learn how to build the best team in your organization – and continuously improve it!
  • Appraise process gains and losses
  • Understand teams through contextualization
  • Implement interventions for improving team effectiveness
Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Explore strategic decision-making processes 
  • Understand the roles of uncertainty and biases
  • Analyze the trade-offs among time, cost, and productive resources to make sound business decisions
  • Learn techniques for analyzing data to determine the best course of action 
  • Describe issue and crisis management and learn from case study examples
  • Prepare to adapt strategy according to perils and successes
Performance Management, Coaching and Conflict Resolution
  • Learn about effective styles of leadership but specifically one I call “Chameleon Leadership”
  • Discuss coaching styles that allow employees as much autonomy as possible
  • Understand “the boss card” and when and if to use it (also known as “because I said so,” which is just a disaster)
  • Establish clear processes for Performance Consequence Management, even if your company has no clear guidance
  • Discuss the role of performance reviews in support of ongoing conversations
  • Learn how to find balance between empathy and compassion with the need for results
  • Complete role plays that help you practice giving feedback to employees (we can talk about this, but you must do it and practice it – both good and bad)
Leading and Managing Change
  • Learn practical tools and best practices to effectively lead change
  • Understand the application of change frameworks and common responses to change
  • Identify how to mobilize key stakeholders to co-create, implement, and manage change


Post Program Continuous Learning

Optional Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification – Self Paced Online
  • Learn principles of Lean Six Sigma
  • Gain an understanding of the problem-solving DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) with an in-depth look at the Define phase
  • Understand emerging trends in design thinking techniques
  • Fees included with Leaders Academy registration
Optional One-on-One Coaching
  • Options are available for coaching from UGA faculty and affiliate instructors and executive coaches.  We will match leaders with compatible coaches for one-on-one guidance sessions at mutually agreed times to reinforce program learnings and facilitate ongoing development.  Discussion topics will be tailored to individual need and current issues.  Additional fees will apply for this optional experience.  



Virtual Seminar: Employee Engagement Through Effective Communication

Day 1

Managing Others

Engaging and Developing Positive Workplace Culture

Leading Projects

Day 2

Building Team Effectiveness - Remote and In-Person

Critical Thinking and Decision Making

Day 3

Performance Management, Coaching, and Conflict Resolution

Leading and Managing Change


Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Online (optional)

Add-On Executive Coaching (optional)


  • All Program Materials, Readings, Workbooks, etc.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack Breaks
  • Welcome Networking Reception
  • Parking  
  • SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory) Assessment
  • Dynamic Learning Experience at the Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta
  • Interactive Instruction From Research-Based MBA Faculty and Experienced Practitioners
  • UGA Terry College of Business Leadership Certificate and Digital Badge
  • Optional Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification