Essential Leader Program (ELP) has been created specifically for employees who want to become better leaders and learn key leadership skills. This program is open to all employees wanting to make the most of their changing job expectations as well as potential career opportunities. You do not have to be in a supervisory position to enroll in the program!

You do not have to be a supervisor to be a leader.  Each one of us is a leader at some point by serving on a committee, working on a project, training or mentoring a new employee, or volunteering our skills in community activities.

Participants are required to take 20 certificate eligible courses over a two year period. You may begin the series at any time and take courses in any order. 

Designed around seven leadership competencies, the program is demanding and the skills learned are immediately applicable in the workplace.  Competencies include Communication, Teamwork, Creative Problem Solving and Flexibility, Interpersonal Skills, Professionalism, Resolving Conflicts and Leadership.  Each competency consists of a total number of ELP units which include required class offerings.

How do I register? 
You can register for our program in the myUK portal.
Under the Employee Self-Service tab, follow the myUK Learning link. Once loaded, search for "the essential leader program" and enroll.
You may contact our Training and Development staff with any questions,

Course name Course Description
Communicating With Success During this workshop, we will explore basic communication issues. Read more »
Principles of Effective Writing Many of us are profoundly insecure about our ability to communicate effectively in writing. Read more »
Personality Differences As long as you live you will have at least some unwelcome and unproductive friction with others. Read more »
Presenting Effectively Designed for the professional who is occasionally (or frequently!) required to make presentations, this intense, practice-focused workshop extends over two sessions. Read more »
Leading Effective Teams Successful leaders rely on their work groups to create success. Read more »
Teamwork in a Changing Workplace During this workshop we will explore just why working together as a team is so important to the success of the University as well as your personal success. Read more »
Facing the Challenge of Change Change is something that we face and have to face up to everyday! Through this workshop, participants will be able to:</p> <ul> <li>Interpret the dynamics of the change process. Read more »
Group Problem Solving You and your co-workers encounter a range of range of problems at work. Read more »
From Deciding to Doing Most of us make hundreds of decisions every day. Read more »
Thinking Critically Reasoning is the process of examining data (facts, information, evidence, observations, and experiences) and drawing inferences, judgments, and conclusions from the data. Read more »
Generations in the Workplace Generations in the Workplace is a half-day workshop that describes the characteristics, values, and motivations of the four generations in the workplace. Read more »
Basics of Diversity In order to understand diversity, it is important to understand how individuals are different. Read more »
Building a Climate of Trust This workshop is intended for those who lead others (supervisors, managers, etc.) Read more »
Communicating Across Cultures When faced by an interaction that we do not understand, people tend to interpret the others involved as "abnormal", "weird", or "wrong". Read more »
Developing a Winning Image How important is your professional image? Will you be considered a serious contender for high-visibility, high-potential opportunities if your professional image is lackluster? Read more »
What to Do About Bad Attitude Behaviors Employees with bad attitudes are in total control of both their perceptions and their actions. Read more »
Managing Staff Conflict As a leader, you doubtless encounter conflict among your front line staff members. Read more »
Meeting Focus Meetings have a bad reputation-mostly because they are often conducted so poorly! Effective meetings build communication and enhance productivity. Read more »
Basics of Leadership What is a leader? Can you become the leader you envision? During this workshop, we will address the issue of becoming the best leader each of us can be. Read more »
Leading Your Service Providers In the world of customer service delivery, your staff is critical. Read more »