Executive Education

Meeting the Leadership Challenge

Be a strong, confident and empathetic leader in times of uncertainty

Great leadership starts with the self. This is never more true than when the path ahead is clouded by uncertainty. It is times like these when organizations most need strong, empathetic and effective leaders: leaders who can truly understand themselves and are thus better equipped to understand and support others through difficult times. 

This transformational program will guide you through a powerful journey of self-discovery. Take a deep dive into yourself, to uncover your personal emotions and responses to crisis and uncertainty. Parlay your self-awareness into a deeper sense of what it means to be a leader, and gain practical skills for managing people and situations more effectively. Emerge with the wisdom, competence and confidence needed to steer your organization through challenging times with empathy, understanding and strength. 

Program format

This program is delivered 100% online. But learning online does not mean learning alone! The experiential, multi-layered format is designed to balance quiet reflection time with faculty-led discovery, virtual coaching and active collaboration with colleagues. You will also have access to self-directed resources (readings, videos, self-assessments etc.) that you can review at any time.

Meeting the Leadership Challenge

Video thumbnail for Meeting the Leadership Challenge

This program is for senior managers, directors and Vice Presidents with approximately five to seven years of managerial experience, or others identified by their organizations as high-potential leaders.

Benefits for you

  • Define your personal values as a leader, and create harmony between your vision, goals and actions
  • Develop the self-confidence and calm, compassionate mind that characterize great leaders
  • Manage stress and emotional toxicity to sustain your energies for the long haul
  • Improve essential skills in coaching, communication, creativity and leadership influence
  • Radiate leadership from yourself outward
  • Support your people’s emotional wellbeing, and inspire them to strive for excellence
  • Become a key driver of organizational change and transformation 

Benefits for your organization

  • Develop your internal leadership pipeline and strengthen company succession planning
  • Enrich the organization’s collective leadership vision, for superior decision making
  • Promote peak performance and lasting change through inspirational leadership
  • Grow company-specific leadership capabilities, as participants work on applied projects chosen from their own organizations
  • Fill critical knowledge and performance gaps
  • Build an organizational culture of leadership, development and mentorship

While exact topics evolve based on participant needs and interests, sample topics might include:
What is leadership and how is it different in times of uncertainty?

  • Expanding your understanding of effective leadership
  • The four frames of leadership

Leading yourself: who am I as a leader and what do I stand for?

  • Analyzing your leadership orientation and values, creating a personal vision
  • Sources of interference that are limiting your performance, diagnosing what you need to change to be a more successful leader
  • Enhancing clarity and presence to build self-confidence and trustworthiness

Creating balance

  • Linking balance to core values and decisions for action
  • Mobilizing courage and resilience in a chaotic environment

Leadership presence and embodiment

  • Reawakening the body and quieting the mind to open pathways to wisdom and resilience
  • The role of vulnerability and storytelling in inspirational leadership

Leading others

  • Key team leadership skills: coaching, communication, presentation, creativity
  • Collaborating in a crisis: how emotions interfere with effective decision making
  • Inspiring your people and working together to deliver top performance
  • Enhancing and sustaining positive leadership practices

Transformational leadership: elements of successful organizational change

  • Exercising power, politics and influence wisely
  • Leading superior strategy execution and sustainable change
  • Equipping yourself to lead for the future

Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Faculty & program director

Daniel is the Edgar Kaiser Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He has taught executive programs in organizations across North and South America, Europe and Asia. His clients have included VanCity, Rocky Mountaineer and Glaxo. An active educator, he has won numerous teaching and international research awards. His interests focus on leadership mindfulness and how people respond to justice and injustice at work.

Dr. Alex Trisoglio

Alex is an executive coach and leadership adviser with extensive experience in leadership development, performance improvement and organizational change. His experience includes more than 20 years advising senior leaders at McKinsey & Co. and four years working with the CEO and Management Team at IFC/The World Bank.
Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs

Steve is Senior Advisor and past Chair at CLG, a global leader in behaviour-based strategy execution and performance improvement consulting. He is known internationally for his work with senior executives responsible for making things happen—improving the speed, return and sustainability of performance improvement strategies in their firms. His clients have included major corporations such as Chevron, Cigna, H.J. Heinz and the Bank of Montreal.
Joanna Piros

Joanna Piros

Joanna is a senior consultant with Counterpoint Communications, where she conducts communications and media relations consulting. For 20+ years she has trained thousands of people how to become better communicators, and how to project themselves in the media spotlight and on the podium. Her clients have included Ballard Power Systems, VanCity, TransLink and Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada.
J_Jones MTLC

Julie Jones

Julie is a Master Certified Coach who has worked extensively as an Executive and Leadership coach and consultant for over two decades. Her focus is on the people side of business, helping leaders and their teams to develop their resourcefulness and take a systems thinking perspective towards leadership during times of uncertainty. Her experience includes working with senior, mid-level and emerging leaders from a broad sector of private and public sector industries.
Tianne Allan MTLC

Tianne Allan

Tianne has been studying and teaching mindfulness and somatic movement for over two decades. As a former national-level athlete, coupled with a successful career in sales and marketing, she understands the critical synergy of training both mind and body for peak performance. She is dedicated to helping people use mindfulness, breath and movement to attain an optimal state of being.

Upcoming sessions

Stay tuned for future offerings of this program! Please contact us to notify you when it will be offered again. You may also subscribe to our email list for Executive Education program updates and exclusive event invitations.

Participating organizations

Success stories

MTLC was the most significant, transformative experience I have ever gone through. It encouraged me to become a responsible leader who wants to create and maintain a value-driven culture of happy and successful people.
This program really resonated. We get so caught up in the daily operations of our work, we forget the most important role as a leader: to inspire, motivate and develop new leaders.

Other programs you may be interested in

Can't find what you're looking for?

Develop your business knowledge with a UBC Sauder certificate, available in seven specialized areas of business.

Tailored learning solutions for organizations

Please get in touch and we'll be happy to explore how we can help