ELI’s Cohort 3 at NC A&T State University, 2023.
Executive Leadership Institute
Developing Leaders Within Our System
The UNC Executive Leadership Institute prepares and develops future leaders identified within the UNC System. Broadly, the program’s purpose is to increase the ability of talented employees to move into System-wide senior leadership positions. Participants will be committed to and held accountable for active engagement with the program content, faculty, and cohort colleagues. The program is designed to deepen participants’ capacity to immediately contribute to the success of their institution as well as the broader UNC System. By building collaboration and partnerships among institutions through Executive Leadership Institute cohorts, best practices are shared and leveraged. In turn, experienced administrators will be better prepared for more demanding roles and/or re-energized in current roles.
Here’s how our first cohort responded when we asked what words they would use to describe their ELI experience:
- Interactive and experiential immersion modules delivered online and face to face at three UNC System campuses (UNC-Chapel Hill, NC A&T, and UNC Charlotte).
- Leading experts from across the UNC System to provide content design and delivery.
- Each participant will create an individual development plan with their executive coach.
- A pre- and post-institute 360° assessment will be administered to gauge progress and provide valuable feedback.
- Individual and small-group executive coaching sessions (outside of modules) to supplement and apply learning principles.
Benefits and Outcomes
- This program is anticipated to increase retention potential for high-potential senior leaders – those who have the ability, aspiration, and engagement to grow their careers.
- The UNC System benefits by identifying and developing the next generation of senior leadership. Retaining these exceptional leaders within the System invests in individuals who already have knowledge of System culture and the State of North Carolina, thus decreasing the overall cost of employee turnover.
- A specific focus on applicants from Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSI) will help ensure that a pool of diverse applicants is available for consideration for senior administrative positions. One-third of the seats in each cohort are reserved for HMSI participants.
- On average, internal hires tend to climb the learning curve faster by possessing an understanding of culture and climate. This program will provide the development to prepare our current administrators for those future opportunities.
- Program elements will be customized to provide a deeper dive into specific UNC System knowledge and culture. While in many ways similar to higher-cost senior leadership development programs, we will be leveraging the expertise of UNC System professors and resources to offer a high-value, low-cost experience to more individuals.
|Orientation (virtual)||June 27, 2023|
|Module 1: UNC-Chapel Hill||September 28-29, 2023|
|Fall Seminar (virtual)||November 8, 2023|
|Module 2: NC A&T||February 8-9, 2024|
|Spring Seminar (virtual)||March 12, 2024|
|Module 3: UNC Charlotte||April 11-12, 2024|
- Values, Vision, and Purpose
- Influencing Up and Down
- Aligning and Planning
- Data-Driven Decision-Making
- Financial Management and Budgeting
Module 2: Leading Teams (NC A&T)
- Building Effective Teams
- Understanding Others and Motivation
- Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Enterprise Risk Management
- Leading and Adapting to Change
Module 3: Leading the Enterprise (UNC Charlotte)
- History of North Carolina
- Emerging Issues in Higher Education
- Managing Complexity of the Whole Organization
- Panel Discussion: Governance, Building Community Partnerships
- Executive Presence
- Media Relations
- Crisis Communication
- Communicating Strategic Direction and Organizational Asessment
The Executive Leadership Institute helps develop the skills and talents of the next generation of UNC System leaders. Experiences gained in the program prepare participants to take on more challenging roles or take the next step in their careers. The quality and diversity of the institute’s first cohort of graduates have made me confident about the future leadership of our university system.