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.

Program Information


May 6-8, 2024
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EST

Atlanta Location:
Terry Executive Education Center
3475 Lenox Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326, United States

Cost: $3,450

Special rates are available for UGA alumni and multiple registrants from the same company.


TBD 2025
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EST

(Three weeks of twice weekly, live-virtual half-day classes)

Cost: $3,450

Special rates are available for UGA alumni and multiple registrants from the same company.


This 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.


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  • Associate Director of Open Enrollment Programs & Conferences, Executive Education

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

Webinar on Effective Communication

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
  • 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
  • Define key terms like values, mission, culture, employee satisfaction and team building – how do you identify, communicate, and improve?
  • Consider how workplace culture changes and evolves – and how to change it
  • Examine an existing culture and work to improve it with your team
  • Learn that goals and success are important – but so are the people and relationships that create that success. Great leaders can find and maintain a healthy balance
  • Explore the role of accountability, empathy, inclusion, and engagement and meaning in leadership
  • Discuss how to recognize and address both toxic workplaces and individuals
  • Discuss the idea of a “bigger purpose” at work, 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
  • 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
  • Secrets of great teamwork
  • Team roles & preferences
  • Leadership & engagement
  • Trust, psychological safety & relationship quality
  • Diversity in teams
  • Remote work and teams
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Appreciate that diversity and inclusion is not something to be dreaded by organizations
  • Understand the legal underpinnings of diversity and inclusion
  • Explore challenges of being different in the arena of business, where conformity is normally the currency for getting along and getting ahead
  • Understand that all employees have a part in D&I, and will come to realize they actually want it
  • Walk away with tools to use in dealing with these issues on an individual basis
  • Recognize that it’s all about love. Seriously.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 Options

  • 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

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.



In-Person Schedule

Kick-offVirtual Seminar: Employee Engagement Through Effective Communication
Day 1Managing Others
Engaging and Developing Positive Workplace Culture
Leading Projects
Day 2Building Effective Teams
Practical Diversity
Critical Thinking and Decision Making
Day 3Performance Management, Coaching, and Conflict Resolution
Leading and Managing Change
Post-Program Continuous LearningLean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Online (optional)
Add-On Executive Coaching (optional)

Live-Virtual Schedule

Week 1
Day 1How to Lead & Manage Others
Engaging and Developing Positive Workplace Culture
Day 2Leading Projects
Week 2
Day 1Building Effective Teams
Day 2Critical Thinking and Decision Making
Week 3
Day 1Performance Management, Coaching, and Conflict Resolution
Day 2Leading and Managing Change
Post-Program Continuous LearningLean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Online (optional)
Add-On Executive Coaching (optional)

Programs Include

  • 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
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (optional)
  • Add-On Executive Coaching (optional)

Anticipated Faculty

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  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Management
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  • Lecturer, Institute for Leadership Advancement
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  • Associate Professor Emeritus, Legal Studies Program, Executive Education
Susan Brown
  • Director and Lecturer, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Online MBA
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  • Associate Director and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
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  • Lecturer, Institute for Leadership Advancement
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  • Principal Lecturer, Department of Marketing
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  • Chick-Fil-A Distinguished Professor for Leadership Advancement, Institute for Leadership Advancement
  • Professor, Department of Management
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  • Lecturer, Department of Management
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  • Associate Dean for Research and Executive Programs, Office of the Dean
  • C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Distinguished Chair of Business Administration and Professor, Department of Management