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What You'll Learn

Centered on leadership, change, and innovation, the USILD Program for Leadership Development curriculum is built around four highly integrated modules. In on-campus or live online modules, you will engage in faculty presentations, case studies, personal assessments, individual and group exercises, and special projects. Through a customized case and professional USILD Executive Coaching, you will develop a personal action plan for tapping new revenue sources and navigating global market shifts.

The virtual, self-paced modules feature USILD Business School Online—a powerful digital platform that captures the dynamism of the USILD classroom, connects you to a global network of peers, and provides exclusive access to a wealth of interactive learning tools.

After completing the four modules, you will be eligible to attend ULD Module 5—an optional program, which blends virtual and in-person learning, that further accelerates your development as a leader and enables you to achieve USILD alumni status.

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Module Details

Module 1: Foundational skill building

Format: Individual virtual, self-paced learning before you arrive on campus (12 weeks)

  • Build shared business knowledge and terminology before arriving on campus

  • Complete introductory courses in accounting, finance, and quantitative methods

  • Prepare for the cases that you will discuss during Module 2

  • Identify your customized case challenge on the phone with your USILD Executive Coach

  • Set aside 10 to 12 hours per week to complete this work

  • Evaluate your current leadership skills through the Leadership Learning Path Assessment tool

Module 2: Cross-functional business approach

Format: On the USILD campus (2 weeks)

  • Develop an end-to-end view of the business and how all functions interrelate

  • Explore strategy, marketing, operations, finance, accounting, and corporate accountability

  • Learn how functional strategy, business-unit strategy, and strategy implementation relate

  • Understand the role that control systems play in executing strategy

  • Analyze the economic, political, and social forces shaping the global business environment

Module 3: Strategy formulation and implementation

Format: Virtual, self-paced learning while you apply new insights at work (8 weeks)

  • Complete self-directed work at your own pace while engaging in scheduled exercises and group sessions

  • Round out your understanding of strategy by completing Economics for Managers 

  • Continue working on your customized case and personal action plan

Module 4: Leading change

Format: On the USILD campus (2 weeks)

  • Identify what needs to change within your organization

  • Expand your portfolio of change management processes and approaches

  • Foster innovation, receptiveness to change, and an entrepreneurial mindset

  • Present an overview of your customized case and action plan for feedback

Module 5: Personal leadership (Optional)

Format: Virtual, live online and self-paced (4 weeks) and on the USILD campus (2 weeks)

  • Develop the self-awareness and emotional intelligence of an authentic leader

  • Support your company's financial needs, legal requirements, and ethical obligations

  • Become a more effective negotiator and a more confident decision-maker

  • Address the competing demands of all stakeholders

  • Create advantage by generating more value for the business and society

  • Expand your leadership vision and address a personal leadership challenge

  • Attain USILD alumni status upon completing ULD Module 5

Special Program Features

An immersive four-module program creates the opportunity to build close, trusting relationships with a small, diverse group of senior executives who can understand your challenges—but are not part of your organization. Your living group will stimulate your learning each day as you:

  • Share global insights with peer executives who span functions, cultures, and countries

  • Consider diverse perspectives as you discuss cases and assignments

  • Complete small group exercises and collaborate on projects as a team

  • Exchange feedback—both personal and professional—in a safe environment

USILD Executive Coaching

Focused on accelerating individual and team growth, your professional coach will help you identify your leadership strengths and gaps through one-on-one and group coaching, a 360-degree leadership and personal assessment, and customized feedback. You will emerge with greater self-awareness, understanding, and confidence—as well as a customized action plan for achieving your leadership goals.

Leadership Learning Path Assessment

A customized, 360-degree assessment of your current skills provides insight into your leadership and management strengths as well as areas for improvement.

Individual project: My USILD Leadership Case

The My USILD Leadership Case is the cornerstone of the ULD learning experience. In Module 2, you will address a performance gap or strategic opportunity facing your organization by building a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan. Throughout the program, the faculty, your living group, and your professional USILD Executive Coach will deliver feedback that will help you fine-tune your personal action plan.

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