Custom Program: Leadership Institute for Current and Future Leaders

Program Overview*

This 10-day program is designed to provide companies with a top-line custom program to educate their current and up-and-coming leaders in various aspects of Strategic Leadership.  From understanding the forces that impact a business to managing operations, leading people, changing or designing culture, and innovating processes and products that serve to drive sales and growth, the attendees receive exposure to the gamut of responsibilities that are part of their current and future leadership role with the company.

Program Includes

Thinking Like a Leader - An overview of leadership attitudes and exploring an understanding of ways of thinking, doing and being that serve growth and innovation. 

Creating the Right Vision - The purpose, intent and design of the vision statement of the enterprise is explored and evaluated on its capability to define the future and inspire the workers who help achieve it. 

Leveraging Human Capital - Understand the relationship of Human Capital to high morale, customer service and the bottom line. From recruitment of talent, through training and retention, this session focuses on creating the right environment (culture) for employees and the company to be successful. 

Supply Chain Management & External Intelligence - Understand the concept of external intelligence and how it affects firm success, including external information sources.  Supply chain concepts are explored within the context of small and medium-sized firms.  Topics include target market positioning and assessment of industry competitors, relationship management, lean supply chain, market trends and changes, and financial implications of supply chain decisions.

Organizational Leadership & Culture - Leaders can rely on themselves to have all the answers, or they can motivate and energize their workforce to high performance standards, thus leveraging the strengths and synergy of the entire team, and carrying the organization far beyond one person's individual talents. Values-based leadership is the means to create a high energy, committed workforce that achieves incredible results. Practical and theoretical, this segment emphasizes specific behaviors that enhance leadership effectiveness and create a high performance culture so that a company may be best positioned for future growth opportunities.

Strategic Financial Management – Finance is a critical success factor for any owner or investor in a business.  As a result, understanding finance is vital and learning the analysis of historical, planned and targeted financial information as well as working and fixed capital investment valuation, vital.  As a rising leader, learn a common language to communicate objectives and results.

Strategy and Operational Decision Making - The process of decision making will be examined in detail.  From a lively introduction into decision science, this program will focus on strategic decision making regarding competitive positioning, product and market priorities and implementing and aligning to the company or business unit strategy.  Building operational decision making skills by using decision process tools to achieve more effective decision outcomes will round out this session.

Invention, Innovation, and Successful Products – Participants learn the process of innovation management with emphasis on DESIGN FOR VALUE.  Concepts and tools such as conjoint analysis, product architecture, product platform, Six Sigma quality, Design-for-Manufacturability and Customer Value Development will be discussed.

21st Century Marketing and Sales Strategies - Explore the latest marketing and sales strategies to capture new business and increase repeat business from current customers.  Small and medium sized businesses have access to a plethora of resources available today that allows them to compete with the big players. Yet, with so many choices, how do you decide what really works and what doesn't for your unique situation? Get the answers you need so you can effectively differentiate your products and solutions in today's hyper competitive and price-driven market. 

Change Management - Individuals identify and develop the skills that make them more effective at leading change, whether the change is one they have chosen to initiate or one they have been asked to implement. 

Company Growth Direction - Based on the materials covered, participants will develop and present new company initiatives and directions aimed at organizational growth.   The MLI program will culminate in a public presentation and feedback session that allows participants to articulate a new vision and an action plan to achieve their goals and alignment of resources, leadership, innovation and management for growth.

Who Attends

Rising leaders who are a part of the succession planning program in an organization or those who would like to be better leaders and decision makers in their organizations future.

Impact & Benefits

  • Develop key skills needed to drive growth in the organization
  • Understand the external impacts and opportunities that affect an organization
  • Learn how strategically lead more and manage less while developing a motivated and innovative culture in your organization
  • Develop key skills for strategic and operational decision making
  • Understand the operational nuances that drive strong performance and how to measure and analyze the impact across the value chain of the company

*This program is positioned to be customized and to focus on topics of importance to the organizations senior leadership.  Examples of additions or substitute modules may include Project Leadership, Managing High Performance Work Teams, or Driving Lean into the Organization.  Assessments may also be used to gauge the skills of your selected leaders such as 360 Assessments or Assessment Center Simulations.


Ravi Chitturi, Ph.D.
Paul Cherry
Richard Neulight
Robert Trent, Ph.D.
Samuel Weaver, Ph.D.
Susan Green
T. Quinn Spitzer, Jr.

For more information contact: 
Executive Education Office
Tel. 610.758.3590

Certificate Program Examples

  • Supply Chain Management Certificate Coming Soon or Custom