LEAD at USD: Leadership Exploration and Development

In this new leadership development program, participants will go beyond technical processes covered in our Supervisor Toolkit Series, exploring and developing the skills that are necessary for leading and working with others. Here at USD, we believe that a successful leader works in harmony: with self, others, and organization.

To that end, the LEAD at USD program takes an inside-out approach: starting with an exploration of how leaders connect with and bring forth their authentic selves, then on how to lead and engage others, and ending with a look at how leaders play a crucial role in organizational dynamics and culture.


Who will be selected?

This program has been designed for established professionals who seek to grow self-awareness and authenticity, gain the skills necessary to lead others, and learn about working effectively within the University system.


What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligible employees are any faculty, staff, or administrator who meets the following criteria:

  • Employed at USD for at least one year in a non-temporary position
  • Meritorious performance
  • A commitment to one's own growth

What is the time commitment?

This program consists of six workshops, taking place one per month from January to June. This program is cohort-based, and all sessions are mandatory.

Table of courses with their respective focus.



Social Styles™ for Leaders

Self as Leader

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Self as Leader

A Coach Approach to Leadership

Leading Others

Leading Others Through Change

Leading Others

Conflict Management

Leader and Organization

Organizational Culture at USD

Leader and Organization


What is the cost?

The total cost of the program—which includes assessments and materials—is $200. This fee will be funded by the participants’ department/division budget.


What is the process to apply?

Any interested employees who meet the eligibility qualifications above are encouraged to submit an online application. The first cohort will be limited to 20 participants, so please be sure to submit a competitive application. Selected participants will be notified in December.