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Graham School announces revised Certificate Program in Leadership Arts
Program helps students develop leadership skills using both time-honored and contemporary methods

July 10, 2007

The Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago announces the start of its 2007-2008 certificate in Leadership Arts program. The program, which will begin in October, 2007, aims to provide students with the skills, confidence and knowledge base critical to help them lead and inspire others.

The program combines the best of classical philosophy, modern leadership thought, and practical experience to help students identify and develop their own personal leadership styles. This didactic instruction, combined with personalized coaching sessions, will help students learn to lead proactively, implement effectively, and mentor successfully.

“It is critical that managers and other leaders have the opportunity to learn and refine the skills needed to help them master their environments and inspire their teams,” said Steve Laymon, associate dean for Business and Professional Programs at The Graham School. “The certificate in Leadership Arts program offers students the chance to identify, develop, and refine their own personal leadership style, using both classroom instruction and real-life experience. This combination of educational styles provides our students with an unparalleled opportunity to master their leadership skills, while learning from an impressive roster of industry leaders,” he added.

Program Details

The program is designed for executives, managers, administrators, entrepreneurs, and all other businessmen and -women who are charged with leading, managing, and inspiring others. Coursework combines classroom-style seminars, personal assessment and analysis, and real-life experience to help students deepen their knowledge and increase their mastery of key leadership skills. Components include:

  • attending Masterful Leadership, comprised of three, three-day seminars in which students develop a language to talk about leadership and about their personal and professional goals in an analytically rigorous setting;
  • participating in one-on-one coaching sessions; and
  • experiencing speakers’ forums conducted by top business leaders, in which strategy, leadership, and other relevant topics are discussed.

Program Instructors

Course instructors and coaches include:

  • Barbara Annin, a principal with Oak Tree Rings Group, who has designed and implemented broad-scale performance management, mentoring, and online coaching programs;
  • Dick Axelrod, co-founder of The Axelrod Group, Inc., formerly an organization development manager for General Foods, and who currently is developing the School for Managing — an innovative approach to management education;
  • Emily Axelrod, co-founder of The Axelrod Group, Inc., who has more than 20 years’ experience as consultant and coach to Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and healthcare organizations;
  • Peter Koestenbaum, an active faculty member in the School for Managing and Leading Change, who applies the relationship between psychiatry and the healing potential of philosophy to business, consulting in management, strategic thinking, marketing, and leadership; and
  • Maureen Williams, director of leadership development for CNA Insurance, where she is responsible for the design and delivery of leadership, management, and executive development initiatives enterprise-wide.

Course Location

All courses meet at the Univeristy of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., one block east of North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

Additional Information

The 2007-08 Leadership Arts Program will begin in October, 2007. To obtain a complete schedule of dates and times for the 2007-08 program, or for information about the application process, contact Steve Laymon, associate dean for Business and Professional Programs at The Graham School, at 773-702-0467 or slaymon@uchicago.edu, or please visit the Graham School of General Studies website, at http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/leadershiparts.

Since 1892, the Graham School of General Studies has extended the University of Chicago’s commitment to teaching and research by engaging a diverse audience of adult, non-traditional, and part-time learners in the pursuit of higher education locally, nationally, and internationally. For more than a century, the Graham School has reached more than 10,000 adult learners each year, in areas including the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences programming, as well as in the professional milieu through its Business and Professional Programs.


Certificate Program in Leadership Arts Fact Sheet

What: A certificate program in Leadership for Organizational Management, designed to help students identify, develop, and master their own personal leadership styles.

Who: The Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago, division of Business and Professional Programs

Program Details: A certificate program that provides leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge base critical for them to lead and inspire others. The program combines didactic instruction, personalized coaching sessions, and industry-leader-led seminars to teach students how to lead proactively, implement effectively, and mentor successfully.

Who is an Appropriate Candidate? Anyone who’s job requirements includes managing or leading teams of employees, including executives, managers, administrators, and entrepreneurs.

For More Information: For additional information about the certificate program in Leadership Arts, including detailed course descriptions, application processes, completion requirements, tuition, and student loans, individuals may visit the Program’s Web site at http://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/leadershiparts, or contact Steve Laymon, associate dean for Business and Professional Programs at The Graham School, at 773-702-0467, or via e-mail at slaymon@uchicago.edu.

Allison Pay Crawford
773-702-6255
apay@uchicago.edu

Laura Dini
773-702-8135
ldini@uchicago.edu
Fax: 773-834-0549


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