Growing Great Leaders
Your path to success begins here!
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, project management, and presentation 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.
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
representing multiple companies and industries
Team exercises promotes exchange of ideas with individuals
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 virtual teams to apply concepts, examine case studies, and project assignments.
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
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 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 thirteen (13) weeks.
August 23 – November 15
Live Online: Tuesdays, August 24 - November 16
Application Deadline: July 30
January 24 – April 18
Live Online: Tuesdays, January 25 - April 19
Application Deadline: January 7
May 2 – August 8
Live Online: Tuesdays,
May 3 - August 9
Application deadline: April 1
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. The program uses a unique, highly interactive, practice-based online virtual reality platform called Virbela. The platform simulates a campus and classroom environment.
Fees are all-inclusive and account for tuition, books, and materials.
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.