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KU Professional & Continuing Education Leadership Programs

“Each person must develop his or her own leadership. Leadership cannot be bought. It cannot be conferred. It cannot be inherited. It knows no divine right. It cannot be passed on by any process of succession. It is acquired only by the personal mastery of each individual aspirant.”
~ Sterling W. Sill


KU Professional & Continuing Education Leadership Programs

University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education believes excellence in leadership is the most critical element of success in 21st century business. Our Leadership programs are developed in partnership with industry experts. They are offered in a variety of learning formats, including workshops, webinars, and online courses packaged specifically for working professionals.

Our programs deliver applicable, best-in-class knowledge and skills training that help professionals become the best leaders they can be. Training formats include webinars, workshops, an intensive week-long immersion program in February, customized in-house programming and personal leadership coaching. See more information about each format below, and check back to this page soon for event dates, registration details and more.


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Leadership Link & Learn Free Live Webinars

Learn the latest on such topics as leadership, communication, innovation, and management from the comfort of your own office during KU’s Professional Leadership Link & Learns. These free webinars are instructed by Lee Stuart, the KU Professional & Continuing Education Leadership Programs Manager. For one hour of your time, you’ll get invaluable information and tools that will enrich your job. Registration is always free for Leadership Link & Learns.
Learn more and register here.


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Professional Edge 2.0: On-Trend Talks on Leadership Topics

Engaging, thought-provoking and always entertaining, these breakfast talks will leave you equipped with new skills that will immediately broaden your perspective and make you a better leader. The fast-paced, informative professional development discussions put you in the same room with noted leadership experts and KU faculty to gain key insights from their experiences. Professional Edge 2.0 talks are hosted at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park on the first Tuesday of every other month.
Learn more and register here.


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Leadership Live: Accelerating Professional Development

Would you trade one day of your time to learn powerful new lessons about leadership, innovation, organizational change, and communication strategies?
The KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park is the site for these one-day live workshops, where local business leaders teach on topics that are critical for success in today’s environment.
Learn more and register here.


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Immersion Week: LEAD* with KU—*Leadership, Education, Advancement, Development

L.E.A.D. with KU (Leadership, Education, Advancement, Development) is an elite one-week training opportunity that immerses leaders in learning that will make them the best leaders they can be. Through intensive study and self-reflection on such topics as personal branding, leading through speaking, stakeholder analysis, organizational change, and communicating for inclusion, participants dive deep into new knowledge and new self-awareness. Everyone leaves changed for the better.
Learn more and register here.


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Leadership Coaching

This is a program of professional development and personal enrichment that elicits insights and self-awareness for executives and emerging leaders who are striving to improve business results. Through a confidential relationship with an executive coach, participants engage in an assessment of their personal and professional motivations and desires, their communication and decision-making styles, and how they are perceived by co-workers, clients, and others with whom they need successful relationships.
Learn more here.


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Customized Leadership Training

Customizing leadership training for your organization means getting curricula uniquely tailored to the specific needs of your workforce in a rapidly changing world. Collaboration with our program development experts allows your new customized training to tap the skills of your current managers and aspiring leaders to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. See how we can work with you to provide the most effective, cost-efficient professional leadership education available in a variety of formats, including traditional face-to-face, on-site and online.
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