Mendoza School of Business

ND Executive Education offers new leadership program

Published: February 15, 2010 / Author: Carol Elliott

Succession planning is a fundamental challenge for any company’s leadership. Not only should an organization seek to minimize disruption during transition, but the planning should be an ongoing process because it has implications for all current employees, especially high performers.

Notre Dame Executive Education is offering a new four-day program aimed at helping organizations maximize the potential of high-performing managers and supervisors in order to develop future leaders. “Unleashing Your Leadership Potential” (UYLP), intended for individuals with at least five years of work experience, takes a broader view of a leader’s responsibility and impact, while emphasizing the integration of personal and organizational values into larger leadership skills.

The Mendoza College will offer two sessions of “Unleashing Your Leadership Potential” in 2010; the spring session on May 10-13 and the fall session on Nov. 1-4. The deadline for applications to the spring session is April 10.

“Unleashing Your Leadership Potential provides an extraordinarily effective means for enabling young managers to quickly build capacity in the essential leadership competencies that are required today,” said Leo Burke, Director of Integral Leadership at the Mendoza College of Business. “As the world continues to change and morph at an accelerating rate, it is imperative that companies place an increased emphasis on developing leadership talent.”

The overall focus of the program is to create a new understanding of what being a leader is by defining leadership in terms of vision and impact, regardless of position. During the session, participants are involved in a variety of learning experiences with an emphasis on inside-out development. Attendees also bring issues that they are currently facing at work and examine them from a new perspective in order to immediately apply what they learn. After the on-campus session, the leaders participate in a virtual community with others from the program, which provides a monthly forum for continued interaction and development.

“As a first level manager, it is easy to believe that many issues are out of your control,” said Jared Rodgers, a manager in Wichita, Kansas, for The Boeing Company, who attended the pilot session of “Unleashing Your Leadership Potential” in August 2009.  “At UYLP, I learned to change the way I think about the issues that seemed to be outside the scope of my responsibilities. Taking a broader view helped me and my team to unleash our creative energies and make a collective impact on our organization.”

For more information about “Unleashing Your Leadership Potential,” contact Sue Callaghan at (574) 631-0564 or, or visit the Web site at

The Mendoza College of Business has offered Executive Education programs since 1982.  In addition to custom and Executive MBA programs, Notre Dame’s Executive Education department offers open-enrollment and online courses for executives, managers and supervisors. In a recent BusinessWeek biennial survey of the world’s top 25 executive education programs, the Notre Dame Executive MBA program ranked No. 20, while the Executive Education custom programs earned a No. 19 rating.


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