Leadership Development

Even if you don’t have direct reports, you can still be a leader.  As John C. Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence.”   We are proud to offer a variety of options to meet your leadership development needs.  Visit our Catalog and Registration site to see a complete listing of workshops for all Faculty and Staff, and sessions designed specifically for Supervisors and Managers.  Our leadership certificate programs are described below.

ASPIRE is a three-day professional development program for employees who are looking to achieve their career goals. It is designed to teach participants how to create and execute a personal development plan that will assist them in reaching their goals. A few of the topics covered include tapping into your personal motivations, positive, job crafting, Emotional Intelligence, networking, and interview skills.  Our goal is for participants to leave the ASPIRE workshop inspired to use the skills they have acquired to achieve their goals.  Badges will be awarded to all ASPIRE graduates.

The Human Resources Department provides three scholarships annually for qualified individuals to attend the highly regarded Leadership Development Program offered through the internationally respected Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. 

Scroll down to learn more or click here to apply. 

WHO: LDP Target Audience

The Leadership Development Program (LDP)® is designed for Leaders of Managers
• Experienced managers who lead other managers and senior professionals.
• Operational, group or departmental managers.
• Leaders who work up, down and across the University.

WHAT LDP Participants Will Learn

By applying the lessons of LDP, leaders will be able to:

  1. Communicate direction, achieve alignment and build commitment to bridging the gap between senior management and the front line.
  2. Gain critical perspectives, create buy-in and manage politics through collaboration.
  3. Solve complicated problems and take wise action amidst complex, rapidly changing conditions.
  4. Build resiliency and leverage multiple life roles to effectively manage stress and become more effective.
  5. Demonstrate the competencies CCL research shows can turn management challenges into leadership opportunities:

• Self-awareness
• Learning agility
• Communication
• Influence
• The ability to think and act systemically
• Resilience

Click here to learn more about The Leadership Development Program® at CCL.

WHEN & WHERE: LDP Logistics

Value of Tuition: $7,600
Length: 5 days (Sunday night to Friday)
Average Class Size: 24; Instructor Participant Ratio = 1:12
Coaching: Half-day one-on-one session; 2 follow-up phone calls
Location: Greensboro, NC

  • 02 Dec 19 - 06 Dec 19
  • 16 Dec 19 - 20 Dec 19
  • 06 Jan 20 - 10 Jan 20
  • 03 Feb 20 - 07 Feb 20
  • 24 Feb 20 - 28 Feb 20
  • 09 Mar 20 - 13 Mar 20
  • 30 Mar 20 - 03 Apr 20
  • 06 Apr 20 - 10 Apr 20
  • 11 May 20 - 15 May 20

Graduates of LDP from UNC Charlotte say…WHY: LDP Benefits

• LDP participants are reported to have a greater impact on their organizations and to achieve improved business results after attending the program.
• LDP is consistently ranked by program alumni, managers and executives as one of the best leadership development programs in the world.
• LDP has helped develop over 50,000 leaders in over four decades.
• LDP has evolved over the years in response to changes in the workplace and as new research findings, new best practices and new technologies emerge.

HOW To Apply for Sponsorship

Click here to apply.

Fine Print

Participation in this program does not, in any way, imply or promise participants promotion to higher level positions or salary increases.  Participants in this program will be expected to participate in merit-based selection procedures for promotional opportunities.

Due to the significant investment of the university in this program, participants are expected to remain in the employ of the University for at least one year upon completion.  Should a participant voluntarily leave University employment for a position other than a promotion within North Carolina state government, s/he may be required to reimburse the University for a prorated portion of program costs in accordance with North Carolina State Personnel Manual, Section 3, Page 17.

This application form will be considered part of the employee personnel file. It is subject to policies regarding treatment and confidentiality of personal information. This information will be treated with the same sensitivity as other personnel-related information; it may be viewed by the employee's manager, other individuals involved in the selection process which include previous participants in this program, employees within the Human Resources Department, and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet. The employee will have access to information submitted through this application process. 

Participant Testimonials

Click here to a list of UNC Charlotte graduates of the Center for Creative Leadership: Leadership Development Program (LDP)®

Learn how this leadership development program inspired growth and success for participants.

Darius Griffin, 2012 CCL Leadership Development Program Graduate

Claire Kirby, 2015 CCL Leadership Development Program Graduate

Lori McMahon, 2016 CCL Leadership Development Program Graduate

Zach Rutledge, 2014 CCL Leadership Development Program Graduate


LEAD is required training for supervisors of employees at UNC Charlotte.  Program participants are invited to attend based on eligibility.  A public university is a unique environment. Being a front line leader requires a thorough understanding of the university’s environment and protocols. LEAD is structured to introduce managers to subject matter experts from each stage of the employee life cycle.  Participants enjoy this unique opportunity to network with other university leaders.

New for 2019 

LEAD content has been broken into mini-modules that will be offered four different times throughout the year as stand-alone workshops on varying dates and times. One-third of the content is now available online and can be accessed at any time and place that WiFi is available. You can use the LEAD Syllabus Planner and Checklist as a resource when planning your course registration. A badge will be issued for all who complete LEAD certification.

The Leadership Experience is UNC Charlotte's CUPA-HR award-winning development program designed to enhance leadership competencies of mid-to senior-level managers.  This semester-long course includes a variety of well-respected topics including Situational Leadership, a 360° Assessment from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL); CoreStrengthsevidence-based management, critical thinking and problem solving. Participants will gain an understanding of the differences between leadership and management, how to clarify expectations, influence people, make fact-based decisions, and build relationships based on trust and mutual respect. The program promotes on-the-job application in two ways - attendees commit to the full semester schedule and participate in a team capstone project to benefit the University; attendees also work with their manager and direct-reports throughout the program to apply enhanced leadership skills. For more information about The Leadership Experience and to apply, click here