Published: June 15, 2023

The Leeds Certificate in Executive Leadership gives participants an expanded leadership skill set and a valuable network of peers 

Executive Leadership attendees holding their certificates

In May, Leeds School of Business welcomed its second cohort into the Leadership, Ethics and Executive Decision-Making (LEED) Certificate program. This one-week training in Boulder allows for deep networking and discussion among participants while going in-depth into about leadership topics by the esteemed faculty at Leeds. This program is produced by Leeds in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Leadership.

The program opened on May 15 with a welcome lunch and tour of the campus. It served as a great introduction for participants to learn more about each other before beginning with an afternoon session on what makes a leader, from faculty member Doug Bennett. Other sessions throughout the week included lectures on values and awareness, emotional intelligence, ethical leadership, team building, management diversity, and crisis management. The program culminated on the final day with leaders putting the classroom instruction to work in an outdoor active-leadership simulation, where participants worked through decision-making, team communication and other elements of leading others through practical exercises.

Executive Leadership attendees participating in an interactive activity“This program provides a high-touch, collaborative environment for learning the critical skills to developing ethical leaders and allows those participants to bring more value back to their organizations,” said Russell Cropanzano, professor of organizational behavior and faculty advisor for the program.

As part of the program, participants connected with program alumni and faculty at a networking dinner. It provided an inspirational setting where participants could build on the conversations and discussions in the sessions.

In addition, participants worked with faculty on personal leadership challenges they were experiencing in their professional lives. Connecting concepts learned throughout the week with the coaching provided a great capstone to the week.

“The three-hour instruction sessions allowed you to sample from a variety of professors. The discussion around leadership problems was the perfect capstone to the week,” said Dan B. an operations manager at Archrock.

Participants left with  a valuable skill set to take back to their organizations along with a network of peers equally dedicated to becoming stronger leaders. Other instructors who taught the program were Julie Marie A. Shepherd Macklin, Salma Shukri, Joshua Nunziato, Walt Morgan, Dejun Tony Kong, Cory Cunningham and Seth Webb.  The executive leadership program will return in May 2024 with dates to be announced at a later date.

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