Executive Leadership Programs

A learning experience as unique as your organization.

Every company has its own set of opportunities, challenges and aspirations. The University of Dallas will partner with you to build learning experiences tailored specifically to your objectives that enable you to attract, retain and develop talent to not only give you a competitive advantage, but to maximize the potential of your workforce.

Whether you're implementing a new business model, scaling your business, developing your talent or offering your members a one-of-a-kind growth experience, our executive education can help to design and deliver programs directly aligned with your business initiatives and organizational culture.

Create your own a branded, unique program taught by nationally recognized leadership faculty or choose one of our designed programs. Each program can be tailored to your specific objective.

Top Programs:

Leading Organizations Against Cyber Threats

This program teaches you how to communicate and emphasize the protection of the organization from common cyber threats. It details management best-practices as well as the steps to take to facilitate organizational by-in to a more secure digital environment.

Courses:

Strategic Cybersecurity Management

Examines cybersecurity at a program level by developing a cybersecurity strategy that includes components including mission, values, organizational structure, network structure, policy, risk assessment, vulnerability management, metrics, business continuity, awareness, education, culture, staffing, mobile device management, and threat analysis.

Interpersonal Communication for Managers

One of the three critical skills for effective management of people is communication. In this course communication is defined as the transfer of understanding and the focus is on developing an awareness of the various ways the communication process breaks down in organizations. Topics include barriers and gateways to effective communication, effective listening, and understanding your own interpersonal style.

Constructive Conflict Resolution

This course examines the nature and sources of conflict in the organization to assist managers to develop constructive methods for handling conflict. The course also examines the characteristics of seven types of difficult people. Self-assessment exercises are used to assist managers in developing action plans for dealing with difficult people.

Leading Change: Transformation and Renewal

Today’s organizations are faced with increasing complex and dynamic environments. In the past, they could view change as a once-in-a while, episodic event. But now they must face the reality that they are navigating through “permanent white water.” Leaders must be equipped for this new environment and the constant pressure to transform their organizations to respond to the heightened demands of the new economic realities. This workshop equips leaders at every level of the organization to be successful change agents.

Ready to book this program for your team? Contact the Executive Education Center.

Strategic Decision Making Through Data Analysis

The program is designed for organizational leaders who want to hone their quantitative data analysis skills. Created with management in mind, this program teaches students the ability to discover trends and act on valuable data sets.

Courses:

Data Visualization

This course addresses techniques for exploring and visualizing large datasets to address business problems. This includes extracting relevant data from multiple sources, processing data using Structured Query Language (SQL), transforming transactions or event data, using non-numeric data, controlling degrees of freedom, and managing exceptions and extremes. Practices related to pattern discovery (segmentation, association, and sequence analyses), and building actionable business reports using visual analytics tools are discussed.

Applied Business Analytics

This course addresses applying association, predictive, and visualization techniques to address problems in business contexts. Topics include selecting appropriate analysis techniques, creating preliminary scorecards, inference techniques, determining scorecard performance, and communicating results. The business contexts addressed include marketing, supply chain management, IT management, and cybersecurity.

Data Management

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the business-analytics project lifecycle. It discusses understanding the problem, identifying the appropriate data, retrieving, preparing, and exploring the data, applying a set of candidate analytics techniques, selecting the most appropriate technique, and communicating the results into actionable business recommendations.

Interpersonal Communication for Managers

One of the three critical skills for effective management of people is communication. In this course communication is defined as the transfer of understanding and the focus is on developing an awareness of the various ways the communication process breaks down in organizations. Topics include barriers and gateways to effective communication, effective listening, and understanding your own interpersonal style.

Managing for Improved Performance

This course uses the principles of planning and control to impact performance at the individual level of the organization. Topics include performance planning, performance evaluation, and diagnosing performance problems. Role negotiation is introduced as a tool for clarifying job expectations.

Ready to book this program for your team? Contact the Executive Education Center.

The Principled Leader

Courses:

The Effective Leader

Facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. Focus is on the integrated behavioral competencies that organizations value today; self awareness, communication, collaboration, and relationship-building.  Students will plan and implement new behaviors relevant to individuals who hold leadership positions, as well as those who informally assume leadership roles as they work with others to achieve business goals.

Business and Society

Examines the social, political, legal and regulatory environments that constitute the background in which a for-profit business firm conducts its activities in domestic and global contexts. Corporate social responsibility and the ethical dimensions of decisions that impact stakeholder groups and corporate sustainability in a competitive environment are discussed.

The Ethics of Leadership

The session involves a wide variety of individual assessments and skill development exercises. These exercises are designed to help you develop an understanding of the ethical role you play and to assist you in developing your own leadership style. 

Supportive Communication

This course builds on the Interpersonal Communication course by introducing the concepts of supportive communication. Supportive communication is designed to overcome defensiveness and is the primary used in coaching, counseling and providing feedback.

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Trust

Trust is a critical element in creating sustainable, high engagement organizations. Creating a high trust culture is done one relationship at a time. When leaders are trusted an organizations accrues “dividends” in the form of lower costs and higher transaction speed. Yet, when trust is absent, Covey says relationships and organizations pay a “trust tax” due to a lack of candor, hidden agendas, and dysfunctional organizational politics. In this workshop we will look at the nature of trust and the components that are necessary for building and sustaining a culture of trust.

Ready to book this program for your team? Contact the Executive Education Center.

Leadership in a Global Environment

Courses:

Understanding Ourselves and Understanding Others

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the impact of individual differences in organizations. Self-assessment exercises and group discussions will be utilized to examine the role personality, attitudes and values in the organization.

Understanding and Building Effective Teams

This course is designed to assist managers to understand the stages of team development and the issues presented at each stage. The course also examines the various types of tams and helps managers to assess the viability of a team for the task. The various maintenance and production roles involved in teamwork are examined in detail. The characteristics of highly effective and mature teams are presented.

Inter-Cultural Management

This course is designed to assist managers to understand the stages of team development and the issues presented at each stage. The course also examines the various types of tams and helps managers to assess the viability of a team for the task. The various maintenance and production roles involved in teamwork are examined in detail. The characteristics of highly effective and mature teams are presented.

Global Immersion

This course provides a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in the actual context of global business through a hybrid design of online learning with a short travel component. The travel destinations rotate to reflect a central learning theme, case, or business phenomenon that is timely and relevant in the global business environment. Students will have the opportunity to interact with institutions, organizations and individuals on the leading edge of international business trends.

Choose one of the following:

Strategic Global Marketing

Companies no longer can focus only on domestic markets as industries become global. This course offers students a managerial view and practical approach to issues, information, and cultural sensitivities required for developing effective global marketing strategies. 

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International Financial Markets

Policies and practices required to manage foreign exchange risk, finance international trade, and meet working capital and investment needs of multinational companies.

Ready to book this program for your team? Contact the Executive Education Center.

The Dynamic Leader

Courses:

The Engagement Factor: Building a High Commitment Organization

Attracting, retaining, and engaging a talented work force is a strategic imperative. Creating a committed workforce requires a comprehensive set of organizational practices that emanate from both macro and micro levels of the organization. This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of the HR Value Chain as the context within which engagement. Then, we drill down on the micro practices of full-range leadership, job design, goal setting and performance management, and creating trust. The session involves a wide variety of individual assessments and skill development exercises that will help participants develop their own engagement enhancing skills.

The Leadership Imperative

This workshop is uniquely designed to help participants understand the key distinction between individual contributors, managers, and leaders. The session involves a wide variety of individual assessments and skill development exercises. These exercises are designed to help you develop an understanding of the leadership role you play and to assist you in developing your own leadership style.

The Strategic Management Process

The focus of this course is the issues and problems of strategic management. Although strategic management is often associated with the roles of the CEO and a small group of senior managers, it is becoming increasingly evident that the ability to “think strategically” is important at every level of the organization. This course is designed to challenge you in a number of ways. It will not only require the application of functional knowledge, skills and techniques learned in other courses, but will also introduce the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities.

Accounting and Financial Analysis for Managers

This workshop is designed for managers who do not have a formal background in accounting and finance. The purpose of the workshop is to equip the manager with the basic understanding and analytical tools they need to use accounting information to plan, control and make decisions. Topics include: fundamentals of financial statements, ratio analysis, trend analysis, variance analysis, understanding cost behavior patterns, and break-even analysis.

Leading Change: Transformation and Renewal

Today’s organizations are faced with increasing complex and dynamic environments. In the past, they could view change as a once-in-a while, episodic event. But now they must face the reality that they are navigating through “permanent white water.” Leaders must be equipped for this new environment and the constant pressure to transform their organizations to respond to the heightened demands of the new economic realities. This workshop equips leaders at every level of the organization to be successful change agents.

Ready to book this program for your team? Contact the Executive Education Center.

Featured Leadership Faculty:

CTP Instruction UDallas

J. Lee Whittington, Ph.D.

Professor of Management

Whittington's research has been published in The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Business Strategy among many others.

His industry experience includes over 20 years in manufacturing and distribution, including executive positions in marketing, logistics and general management. Whittington has spent over 20 years executive coaching and consulting for various organizations including Nokia, FedEx-Kinko’s, RadioShack, Siemens, Life.Church, Reynolds Metals, Ball Container, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Valor Telecom, City of Arlington and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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None of his four older siblings went to college, and Daniel Bishop, BA '21, has been working in the ticket office at the Perot Museum for the past couple of years since graduating from high school. Finally reaching the conclusion that anything he really wanted to do with his life would require more formal schooling, he began looking at his options; immediately, UD's website caught his eye.

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