Executive Development Blog

UNC Executive Development - The Bottom Line and Employee Engagement

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Mar 5, 2015 9:34:00 AM

There are numerous factors that organizations review when trying to determine how to improve and how to function successfully. The greatest asset that organizations have is the power of their employees. Employee engagement – the emotional commitment of employees – is a tremendous competitive advantage that can positively impact the bottom line of an organization when strategically managed.Employee Engagement

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UNC Executive Development - The Impact of Mentoring

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Mar 3, 2015 2:24:18 PM

The Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership deemed January National Mentoring Month in order to emphasize the importance that mentors have on young people. Mentors, however, are not just needed for our youth. An article in Forbes magazine discusses the numerous ways that mentors can assist individuals in all stages of their lives. In the article, one woman attributed much of her career aspirations and success to drawing upon inspiration from mentors. In her case, one of her most prominent mentors was not one that fostered her growth in person, but a historical figure who possessed immense leadership qualities and integrity. The objective of mentoring, at any stage, is to influence attitudes and behaviors in a positive manner. UNC Executive Development- Mentoring

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UNC Executive Development: Developing Leadership Presence

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Effective leadership is key to an organization’s success. Business initiatives often start at the top, and having leaders who set the right example for employees, who uphold the company's values, and who inspire others to strive to meet the organization's goals is essential.


An article in Forbes Magazine, Presence: Your Key to Stronger and Bolder Leadership, outlines many qualities of a good leader. Leadership development is important for shaping leaders and coaching individuals on how to manage employees, and themselves, in the best way possible. New findings describe the importance of confidence in those who hold leadership positions. Individuals with a certain authenticity, those who maintain an executive presence and know how to carry themselves, also inspire others to do well. Having a strong presence allows individuals to have a certain influence over others, especially when these individuals are in a position of authority. While some people have a natural presence, leadership development and coaching can be used to build the influence and abilities of individuals in higher management positions. “A leader who invites others to them to share ideas, collaborate, and then create a future in which individuals and teams benefit is a leader worth following,” John Baldoni, Forbes Magazine. 

Developing Leadership Presence Program Overview

Confidence. Vision. Integrity. Courage. Perseverance. These are some of the traits that successful leaders possess. While knowledge and experience are critical to success in business, truly gifted leaders are recognized through their words and actions. Leaders must have a highly developed self-awareness, and they must also connect with others in a meaningful and authentic way. These characteristics embody true “leadership presence,” and leaders can learn and put into practice these important communication attributes. Leadership presence is, in part, a projection of values and conviction, and it requires honesty, trust, and confidence. How leaders look and sound has a profound impact on the image they project, and this image can either strengthen or weaken their ability to inspire and motivate an audience.  In UNC Executive Development's Developing Leadership Presenceprogram, you'll have the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine your leadership presence so that you can lead more effectively in your organization.

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UNC Executive Development - Retaining Women in the Workplace

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 24, 2015 10:06:22 AM

Over the years, studies have been conducted which show the positive results brought on by the presence of women in the workforce and in leadership positions - increased productivity, heightened innovativeness, improved team dynamics, elevated bottom lines.  The studies' results highlight the importance of retaining women in the workplace; however, organizations still struggle to retain these valuable female employees.

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UNC Executive Development - Closing the Gap in Leadership Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 19, 2015 11:24:12 AM

Time and time again, it's proven to be true that the better the leader, the better the organization. Organizations with a higher quality of leadership talent generally outdo other organizations in workforce retention, employee engagement, and overall organizational performance. Developing strong leaders is vital to an organization’s success.

Important Leadership Skills and Abilities Needed Today
Numerous companies and studies have attempted to identify the key components of effective leadership. This research and experience tend to agree that the following leadership qualities and capabilities are critical for organizational success:

Leadership Qualities
  • Driving & managing change
  • Coaching & developing others
  • Executing organizational strategy
  • Identifying & developing future talent
  • Fostering creativity & innovation
  • Openness
  • Flexibility
  • Personal autonomy
  • Emotional strength
  • Perceptiveness
  • Listening orientation
  • Transparency
  • Cultural knowledge
  • Influencing
  • Synergy

Talent development and HR professionals should emphasize the importance of these qualities and build a framework that will support the development of these competencies within its high potentials and leaders.

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The Legacy and Leadership of Coach Dean Smith

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 17, 2015 9:13:58 AM

The Legend

The University of North Carolina’s extraordinary Coach Dean Smith leaves us a leadership legacy not only in basketball as a coach extraordinaire but also in life as a man who saw how each individual contributed to the strength of the team. Smith was a man who embodied the essential characteristics of a true leader. He possessed extreme integrity and pushed his players to see the value in being a team player. Smith will be remembered for many accomplishments in his lifetime, and being a legendary leader is at the top of the list.

Smith was recognized for his efforts in coaching, advocating for civil rights, and being a teacher to many. He worked to emphasize the importance of acting as a team and always put his players before himself. As an innovator in the locker room and on the court, Smith started many traditions that encouraged players to recognize the efforts of one another and to instill that generating positivity is the way to better both individuals and a team.

UNC Coach Dean Smith - a true leader

Smith’s basketball legacy includes a total of 879 wins that he earned in just 36 seasons during his time coaching at UNC. He brought the Tar Heels to 11 Final Four tournaments and won two NCAA Championships, along with one Olympic gold medal. He pushed his players to be better players and to be better people. 

The Leader

While Smith worked to improve his players and build them up, he never wanted any recognition for doing so. He believed in doing the right thing simply because it was right. He did not want credit for surrounding his players, and all of his mentees, with encouragement; he wanted all individuals to support this mentality and to make a constant effort to improve in any way possible.

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UNC's Latest Research Project Explores Global Leadership

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 12, 2015 9:33:33 AM

Compete and Connect:  
Developing Globally Competent Leadersglobal leadership

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Human Capital Institute (HCI) are very pleased to invite you to participate in our latest survey about developing global competence in your workforce.  A globally competent leader has the right attitude, knowledge, skills, and functional business expertise to be effective in a global business environment, working both within and across different cultures. 

As a token of our appreciation, every respondent who completes the survey will receive the following:

  • A $200 attendee deduction to the live HCI Human Capital Summit 
  • An emailed copy of this unique research report 
  • Credit towards the six survey requirements to receive an upgrade to an HCI Executive Membership

This survey will require only 20 minutes of your time, and we appreciate any and all information you share with us.

Take the Survey  

Survey closes Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9 am EST.

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UNC Executive Development: Strategic Planning and Decision Making

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 10, 2015 1:26:50 PM

Among UNC Executive Development’s open-enrollment programs is Strategic Planning and Business Decision Making. In this post, we examine the takeaways that this program provides to individuals:

Strategic Planning and Decision Making

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The Case for Driving Talent Development with Data

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 5, 2015 10:22:24 AM

Check out UNC's most recent white paper authored by Kip Kelly and Gene Pease.


Organizations increasingly rely on advanced analytics to make better, more strategic business decisions. The “data revolution” is transforming the way companies operate, and the effects are being felt in every industry, at all levels, and in every department, including the human resource department. Leading-edge companies are already tapping the potential of advanced analytics to improve talent acquisition, employee engagement, retention, and talent development. By and large, however, most HR and talent management professionals are not applying advanced analytics to their organization’s biggest asset—its people. As organizations become more data-driven and business leaders become more sophisticated in how they use data to drive decisions, there will be an expectation that HR professionals adopt human capital analytics.


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Heidi Schultz on Corporate Communication- UNC Executive Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Feb 3, 2015 11:52:58 AM

Mastering electronic communication has become a vital component for success in the corporate world. Appropriate digital exposure and constant communication are necessary to stay relevant as an organization. Heidi Schultz is an expert in communication and serves as a faculty member at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, teaching corporate communication and management courses to executives and graduate students. In addition to her writing and teaching, she also helped develop the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Communication Center.  

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