Emerging Leader


Leadership administration is a critical function of management—it provides oversight and a framework for the visions and goals of an organization and maximizes efficiency in achieving those pursuits. Led by expert faculty in leadership development and business improvement, this leadership training program is designed to help new managers expand their knowledge and skill set in leading others. As part of the leadership development curriculum, you’ll learn comprehensive concepts and frameworks focused on impacting and communicating with staff, understanding your own leadership style, and strategies for leading others effectively. Through online instruction, small group discussions and reflections on best practices, you’ll be able to immediately apply effective leadership tactics in your new leadership role, as well as cultivate a mindset for continued personal and professional growth.

This leadership training program for emerging leaders includes six half-day sessions, each focusing on a different leadership topic:

Exploring Personality Using the DISC Assessment

The DISC assessment is a behavioral assessment tool that can be used to understand the strengths, weaknesses and personalities of you and your team, as well as provide insight into your leadership style. With the DISC assessment, you can move away from thinking there is a "wrong" or "right" way of doing things to embracing more natural behaviors and work styles that better fit one's personality type. During this session, you’ll complete the DISC assessment and engage in activities highlighting the different personality styles, to better understand yourself and your colleagues, improving teamwork, communication and productivity.

Embracing a Growth Mindset

Can you change another person's mindset? Can you change your own mindset? The answer is a resounding yes. In this session, we will look at new research around fixed and growth mindset. Case studies and role playing will be used to explore how simply believing you can change makes an impact in personal growth and development.

Moving From Associate to Supervisor

Transitioning from employee to supervisor, new leaders often find themselves managing people who, just the week before, were their coworkers. In this session, we will explore how roles and beliefs change when promoted to supervisor, identify different types of leadership solutions for various situations, and examine new goals and values for transitioning into your new role as a leader.

Communication Skills in the Workplace

When communication is effective, we benefit by saving time while improving productivity. In this class, we will examine barriers to communication and learn ways to reduce them. In addition, we will practice the skills necessary for effectively sending and receiving communication.

Business Acumen Fundamentals

In today’s volatile business environment, associates need to understand how organizational systems work together to generate revenue and shareholder value, all while recognizing how their actions impact the drivers of success. In this course, we’ll focus on effective business leadership, how to make key decisions and how to create the best outcomes for each organization.

Becoming a Change Agent

Now more than ever, the ability to embrace change is one of the most important skills needed to succeed in the workplace. This is a highly interactive session with robust discussions and opportunities to apply learning to change scenarios, both personal and professional. You will gain an understanding about how to help yourself and your team deal with change more effectively.

Learning Outcomes

  • Employ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and understand how they operate at every level of business leadership
  • Recognize your role as a supervisor and the differences in perspective needed
  • Identify your goals as a leader and implement action steps
  • Align actions with high-value business results

Skills You'll Gain

  • Strengths-based leadership for individual and team development
  • Problem-solving in the workplace
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Managing change and ambiguity in an organizational environment
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

The Emerging Leader Program will meet for six class sessions through Zoom on Wednesdays, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm PST, on the following dates:

February 15th, 2023

February 22nd,2023

March 1st, 2023

March 8th, 2023

March 15th, 2023

March 22nd, 2023

Students will receive an email with login information to access the course the day before the first class.

Students are expected to participate in Zoom class meetings with working video and audio. Microphones should be turned off when not participating. Students are expected to remain engaged during class and conduct themselves professionally. Students can check their Zoom readiness by visiting https://zoom.us/test

This program does not have grades.

The last day for enrollment is February 13th, 2023

Enrollment Policies

Refund Deadlines:

For FULL Refund (less $30 fee), student must submit a withdrawal request prior to the start of the first class.

For 50% Refund (less $30 fee), student must submit a withdrawal request by close of business the day after the first-class session.

Technical Requirements

Students will need Internet access and the ability to join Zoom class meetings with video and audio. Students can check their technical readiness for Zoom at https://zoom.us/test



Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.