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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 Description
Communicating Across Cultures When faced with an interaction that we don’t understand, it can make us uncomfortable. We communicate the way we do because we are raised in a particular culture and learn it’s language, rules and norms. Read more »
Communicating With Success Your communication skills can help you succeed — or hold you back. In any business role or function, you must be able to convey your ideas in ways that drive effective decision making, teamwork and action. 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 »
Principles of Effective Writing Many of us are profoundly insecure about our ability to communicate effectively in writing. Read more »
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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 »
Creative Problem Solving and Flexibility
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Facing the Challenge of Change Change is something that we face and have to face up to everyday! Read more »
From Deciding to Doing Most of us make hundreds of decisions every day. Read more »
Group Problem Solving You and your co-workers encounter a range of range of problems at work. 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 »
Interpersonal Skills
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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 »
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 »
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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 »
Resolves Conflict
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Managing Staff Conflict As a leader, you doubtless encounter conflict among your front line staff members. 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 »
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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 »
Coaching and Feedback Uncover talent, strengthen your team, and positively and constructively guide employees. Read more »
Meeting Focus Meetings can get a bad reputation when they're not effective – make your meetings enhance productivity. Read more »