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Executive Leadership Essentials

Experience truly transformational leadership in our Executive Leadership Essentials certificate program. Designed for members of the C-suite, our three-day program will enhance your knowledge of core executive leadership competencies.

Program Overview

During this transformational program, you will:

  • Enhance strategic, innovative, and divergent thinking skills
  • Build high-performance, adaptive teams
  • Engage organizational stakeholders through collaboration and communication
  • Complete a comprehensive 360 leadership assessment and development plan
  • Leverage strengths and addressing areas for improvement
  • Develop talent across organizations, including performance feedback, coaching, and high-potential assessment and development

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Program Dates*
September 19-21, 2022

Pepperdine University, Drescher Graduate Campus
Villa Graziadio Executive Center
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

General registration discounts are available for Pepperdine students and alumni, and previous Executive Education program participants.  Please click "Learn More" or  contact execed@pepperdine.edu for additional information.

*Dates and locations may change. We will notify participants of any changes in a timely manner.

Session 1: Leadership Agility in a VUCA Business Environment
Faculty: Kevin Groves

Session one features an overview of the program, including the sessions, learning outcomes, faculty, teaching methods, and participant expectations.

Session 2: Discovering Your Authentic Leadership: Personal Values & Leadership Principles
Faculty: Kevin Groves

Session two is designed to highlight the importance of enhancing self-awareness as an executive leader. You will complete part I of an executive leadership development plan detailing your personal leadership, which will be assessed as part of your 360 Leadership Assessment.

Session 3: Driving Business Results via Strategic Alignment
Faculty: Mark Tribbitt

Session three is designed to develop your strategic leadership perspectives in the current VUCA landscape, featuring the maturation of strategic and innovative thinking skills and frameworks for conducting strategic problem identification, analysis, and implementation.

Session 4: Leading High-Performance Teams & Engaging Stakeholders
Faculty: Zhike Lei

Session four will build the skills and competencies needed to effectively engage stakeholders across diverse global and virtual environments. Utilizing case studies, simulations, and experiential exercises, you will enhance your ability to build high-performance teams by developing trust, managing conflict, and clarifying vision and purpose.

Session 5: Developing Your Organization’s Talent Management Capabilities
Faculty: Kevin Groves

Session five assesses the functionality of an organization’s talent management capabilities and identifies strengths, development areas, and priorities for action planning. Performance feedback, coaching, and high-potential assessment and development will also be provided.  

Session 6: Creating & Implementing Your Leadership Development Plan
Faculty: Kevin Groves

In session six, you will complete a personalized leadership development plan that targets challenges in your organization. You  will identify specific leadership competencies for further development, and commit to implementing a practical action plan.

Our Executive Leadership Essentials program is designed for senior-level executives with at least eight years of business experience, including:  

  • Presidents and vice presidents
  • CEOs
  • General managers

Contact Us

Office of Executive Education
Pepperdine University
Graziadio Business School
6100 Center Drive, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90045