UCLA Extension

Leadership Skill Building

A 12-Hour Short Course

This course helps participants develop their leadership potential by heightening awareness of essential leadership attitudes and behaviors important in promoting and supporting excellent performance among individuals and groups.

Old assumptions are challenged and strategic and interpersonal proficiencies are examined through real-life scenarios that involve complex and uncertain situations with multiple stakeholders. Self-assessment inventories are provided to pinpoint areas for further leadership skill development.

Topics include performance and motivation, self-management, planning strategic change, risk-taking, critical thinking, decision-making processes, building trust, managing disagreement, and ethical reasoning. Interactive discussion of these topics is stimulated by case studies, simulation exercises, and self-assessment inventories, which focus on risk-taking, decision making, stress management, and management of differences.

Coordinator and Lecturer

Herbert Kindler, PhD, PE, President, Herb Kindler & Associates, Pacific Palisades, California. With years of industry experience, Dr. Kindler consults and trains executives internationally on clear and creative thinking, leadership skill building, managing disagreement constructively, and stress management. His clients include Symantec, Lockheed Martin, Hughes Electronics, IBM, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, TRW, UC Berkeley, Congress Capacitación Ejecutiva (Mexico), General Motors, JVC, Starbucks, AARP, Thai Airways, and Boeing.

Dr. Kindler is the author of Clear and Creative Thinking; Leadership Mastery in Turbulent Times; Managing Conflict, Third Edition; and Risk Taking: A Guide for Decision Makers, Revised. He also developed the Management of Differences Inventory, Personal Stress Assessment Inventory, Strategic Decision Making Inventory, Risk Taking Inventory, and Clarity Awareness Profiles.

Dr. Kindler was professor of management at Loyola Marymount University for 15 years, and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and a PhD in management from UCLA.

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815

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