Course information

Registration Closes:
21 January 2020
Course Starts:
29 January 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $1,500
Payment Options
University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management
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There is a global need for better-trained, adaptable leaders and a greater demand for talent development to cultivate leadership qualities in employees.1

This leadership program from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management aims to train leaders through an experiential learning process guided by the Situational Leadership Model. This model helps you understand yourself better, so you may lead your team better.

You will receive leadership training that is based around the following three themes: understanding the self as a leader, understanding leadership as a relationship with your team and understanding the environment in which teams are situated.

Leadership training specifically allows you to understand your own and your team's personality traits and communication styles. This will support you in developing yourself as a leader, while supporting your organization in reaching desired results and managing crisis situations.

By giving you the opportunity to reflect and draw on theoretical material and practical strategies, this leadership development course allows you to define your own situational leadership theory to fit your own particular circumstances.

1 U.S. News & World Report (Sept, 2018).

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management in this online short course and be empowered to:

    • Adapt your behavior to the performance needs of the individual or group you are leading
    • Design team purpose, effectively fill team roles, and promote team psychological safety
    • Delegate and choose appropriate leaders based on the personality framework
    • Improve communication with others to bring about positive change and meet organizational goals

Course curriculum

Enhance your own self-development as a leader, and improve your communication skills to bring about positive change and meet organizational goals, as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Situational leadership: An organizing framework
  • Module 2 Leadership and personality
  • Module 3 Leadership and communication
  • Module 4 Understanding leadership as a relationship with followers
  • Module 5 Leading teams
  • Module 6 Leading in times of crisis
  • Module 7 Leading change
  • Module 8 Creating a situational leadership decision-aid

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

Learn in your own time

This UC Davis Graduate School of Management online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Learn from industry thought leaders as you reflect and draw on theoretical material as well as practical strategies to define your own situational leadership theory.

Your Course Convener

The design of this online course is guided by UC Davis faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course

Kimberly Elsbach

Kimberly Elsbach

Professor of Management, UC Davis

Guest Speakers

Robert Lorber

Robert Lorber

President, Lorber Kamai Consulting Group

Dr Keisha Liggett-Nichols

Keisha Liggett-Nichols

Faculty Director of impact programs,
UC Davis

Paul Bianch

Paul Bianchi

Robert A Fox Executive-in-Residence,
UC Davis

Cyrus John Aram

Cyrus John Aram

Executive Consultant and Lecturer

Joe DiNunzio

Joe DiNunzio

Executive Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Earn a certificate from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management – and use it to set yourself apart as a transformative and agile leader.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the university.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 29 January 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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