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For over 30 years, UC San Diego Extension has provided high-quality leadership and management training to high-potential employees. The Essentials of Leadership and Management (ELM) program is the latest program that has been added to this reputable lineup.

This program is taught by a variety of faculty and subject matter experts and is designed to help develop exceptional leadership, communication, teamwork, and project management skills. With over 60 hours of learning, the instructional approach emphasizes team interaction, problem solving, personal reflection and peer coaching. Topics within the program are selected based on the immediate and practical needs of the participants. Case studies and business simulations offer timely, relevant and specific application to the unique environment of companies operating in a modern technology and global marketplace.

Upon program completion, ELM participants will be prepared for greater responsibility within their company. Sponsoring companies will see immediate improvement in managerial performance as a result of the concepts that are taught and the knowledge that is gained in the ELM program. Furthermore, the dynamic interaction between participants throughout the program builds valuable long-term relationships.


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Program Duration

14 weeks

Program Benefits

Discover best practices in managing and leading teams

Implement what is learned in class directly into the workplace

Learn how to get the most out of yourself and your team

Longer course format allows for multiple topics to be covered

Case studies and simulations illuminate best practices

Team exercises promotes exchange of ideas with individuals
         representing multiple companies and industries

Program Topics

The ELM program is made up of two areas for employee development. The two modules build upon one another in sequence. Each module explores issues relevant to being a successful manager. Information, tools and models are presented in class with an emphasis on immediate and direct application. ELM draws heavily on the collective experience of the participants which come from a variety of companies. Participants work in teams to apply concepts, examine case studies, and project assignments.

Foundation Principles

Self-assessment and managing personalities.

  • Everything DiSC
  • Leadership, Conflict & the Resilient Leader
  • Building and Sustaining a High-Performance Team
  • Improving Emotional Intelligence
  • Performance and Talent Management
Expanding Knowledge

Becoming a stronger manager.

  • Understanding Business Finance
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Employment Law
  • Team-Oriented Simulation
  • Business-Oriented Simulation

Who Should Attend

ELM is designed for mid-level professionals who are taking on leadership and management roles and need to enhance their skills and acumen.

Program Details

Program Dates and Times

ELM is offered three times per year, in Winter, Spring and Fall.  The program is offered in two formats: Live Online and In-Person.
The sessions will meet one (1) time per week for five (5) hours over the course of fourteen (14) weeks.

Fall 2021
In-Person: Mondays,
August 23 – November 15
Live Online: Tuesdays, August 24 - November 16
Application Deadline: July 30
Winter 2022
In-Person: Mondays,
January 24 – April 25
Live Online: Tuesdays, TBD
Application Deadline: January 3
Spring 2022
In-Person: Mondays,
Live Online: Tuesdays,
Application deadline: April 1
Program Format

This program is offered in two formats. 

The in-person format is ideal for those who live in San Diego or surrounding areas who are able to commute to the classroom located in San Diego on a weekly basis. 

The live online, synchronous format is available to national and international audiences. Synchronous web-based class meetings are scheduled to meet online at specific dates and times.


$4,900 USD
Fees are all-inclusive and account for tuition, books, and materials.

Tuition Reimbursement

Many companies sponsor employees to participate in programs an an integral part of the their management development efforts. The knowledge the participants gain in this program allows for them to better contribute to their company's success, both in fulfilling their current responsibilities and in working with other functional units to conceive and implement valuable new capabilities.

Application and Admission

Each participant must complete an application and be admitted to the program. Application can be submitted any time via the online application form. Applicants are evaluated based on their academic and professional experience and current management duties to make sure they are a proper fit in the program.

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Susie Baranowski
(858) 534-9148

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