Tap Into Your Leadership Potential

As the labor force reaches full employment, organizations and talent developers across industries are struggling to find candidates with the skills, knowledge and training required to meet their organization's strategic vision.

The Essential Leadership Skills Series was developed in response to the increasing skills gap, and is designed to prepare professionals for the 21st century dynamic workplace. With the growing skills gap and technology disrupting industries globally, it is projected 375 million people will need to change roles or re-skill by 2030 in response to technological evolution and changing business needs.

Who Should Attend

This continuing education series is ideal for recent graduates, new to seasoned professionals seeking to acquire core leadership competencies, such as interpersonal communication, critical thinking, negotiation, innovation, complex problem solving and emotional intelligence.

Remote Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our world in unprecedented ways. As the situation evolves, the University of San Diego remains focused on addressing two imperatives: ensuring that we take prudent precautions to protect our community and communities beyond our campus, and continuing to deliver a values-based, liberal arts education that prepares our students to address society’s most urgent challenges. After careful consideration, the university has made the decision to extend remote teaching until further updates. The safety of our community is our top priority and we believe that extending remote teaching to support social distancing efforts is the best decision at this time. USD has created a dedicated COVID-19 website to serve as the first stop for the USD community for information. Visit the University’s COVID-19 website (sandiego.edu/coronavirus) for the most current information for the USD community.

Schedule and Fees

Schedule and Enrollment Links 
SU 2020
FA 2020
Sep 30
Jul 22
Nov 11
Oct 19
Sep 2
Coming Soon! Problem Solving Strategies for a Re-Imagined Workplace
*Schedule and Fees are subject to change.

Program Details

Workplace soft skills are necessary for any organization or business to succeed. Interpersonal skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication, conflict resolution, team working, negotiation and emotional intelligence are a part of day-to-day operations when interacting with a wide range and diverse group of stakeholders.

Most In-Demand Soft Skills

57% of leaders surveyed say soft skills are more important than hard skills. (LinkedIn Study to 2k business leaders)

  1. Communication
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Leadership
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Teamwork
  6. Problem Solving
  7. Time Management

How Essential Skills Support Businesses

  • Increased Productivity
  • Effective Presentation Skills
  • Improved Retention Rates
  • Improved Teamwork
  • Improved Leadership
  • Understand organizational structures that lead to workplace conflict
  • Apply Design Thinking fundamentals to workplace day to day operations
  • Identify strategies for communicating, motivating, and influencing effectively in today's business environment
  • Develop strategies to communicate effectively through digital platforms in the workplace
  • Explore emotional side of leadership and management through authenticity, integrity, vulnerability and emotional intelligence
  • Understand current state of emotional intelligence and implement strategies to develop competencies in the four key areas of EQ

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