Leadership Development

Learning and Organizational Development offers a variety of options to meet your leadership development needs.  Visit our Learning & Development Portal to see a complete listing of workshops for all faculty and staff and sessions designed specifically for supervisors and managers.  Our leadership certificate programs are described below as well as other opportunities for leadership development at Charlotte.

Leadership Development at Charlotte

ASPIRE is a no-cost certificate program for employees who want to set goals and put a plan into action for professional development through the intentional use of personal strategic planning. ASPIRE is a blended learning curriculum, meaning there are three components: independent online learning, reflection activities for personal strategic planning and group learning sessions (delivered virtually or in-person). The group learning sessions are held on three consecutive Fridays from 8:30 am-12:00 pm with periodic breaks. The independent learning requires approximately 3 hours to complete. Course topics include professional development options, personal motivation and goal-setting, personal strategic planning and developing leadership behaviors in the workplace. 

The Human Resources Department provides three scholarships annually for qualified individuals to attend the highly regarded Leadership Development Program offered through the internationally respected Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. 

Click here to apply. Deadline: Friday, December 2

For more information on this leadership development opportunity, please email hrtraining@uncc.edu

WHO: LDP Target Audience

The Leadership Development Program (LDP)® is designed for leaders of managers:

• Experienced managers who lead other managers and senior professionals
• Operational, group or departmental managers
• Leaders who work up, down and across the University

WHAT LDP Participants Will Learn

By applying the lessons of LDP, leaders will be able to:

  1. Communicate direction, achieve alignment and build commitment to bridging the gap between senior management and the front line

  2. Gain critical perspectives, create buy-in and manage politics through collaboration

  3. Solve complicated problems and take wise action amidst complex, rapidly changing conditions

  4. Build resiliency and leverage multiple life roles to effectively manage stress and become more effective

  5. Demonstrate the competencies CCL research shows can turn management challenges into leadership opportunities:

• Self-awareness
• Learning agility
• Communication
• Influence
• Ability to think and act systemically
• Resilience

Click here to learn more about The Leadership Development Program® at CCL.

WHEN & WHERE: LDP Logistics

Value of Tuition: $7,800
Length: 5 days (Sunday night to Friday)
Average Class Size: 24; Instructor Participant Ratio = 1:12
Coaching: Half-day one-on-one session; 2 follow-up phone calls
Location: Greensboro, NC or virtual classroom
Dates: TBD ​

Graduates of LDP from UNC Charlotte say…WHY: LDP Benefits

• LDP participants are reported to have a greater impact on their organizations and to achieve improved business results after attending the program
• LDP is consistently ranked by program alumni, managers and executives as one of the best leadership development programs in the world
• LDP has helped develop over 50,000 leaders in over four decades
• LDP has evolved over the years in response to changes in the workplace and as new research findings, new best practices and new technologies emerge

Fine Print

Participation in this program does not, in any way, imply or promise participants promotion to higher-level positions or salary increases.  Participants in this program will be expected to participate in merit-based selection procedures for promotional opportunities.

Due to the significant investment of the University in this program, participants are expected to remain in the employ of the University for at least one year upon completion.  Should a participant voluntarily leave University employment for a position other than a promotion within the North Carolina state government, they may be required to reimburse the University for a prorated portion of program costs in accordance with North Carolina State Personnel Manual, Section 3, Page 17.

This application form will be considered part of the employee personnel file. It is subject to policies regarding treatment and confidentiality of personal information. This information will be treated with the same sensitivity as other personnel-related information; it may be viewed by the employee's manager, other individuals involved in the selection process which include previous participants in this program, employees within the Human Resources Department, and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet. The employee will have access to information submitted through this application process. 


Participant Testimonials

Click here to a list of UNC Charlotte graduates of the Center for Creative Leadership: Leadership Development Program (LDP)®.

Learn how this leadership development program inspired growth and success for participants.

Darius Griffin, 2012 CCL Leadership Development Program Graduate

Claire Kirby, 2015 CCL Leadership Development Program Graduate


LEAD is dynamically (automatically) assigned to all newly hired, promoted or appointed supervisors and managers of SHRA and EHRA employees.

Note: EEODF is part of the LEAD curriculum in the Learning and Development Portal.

LEAD is to be completed within 365 days of the assignment. 

If you were assigned LEAD in 2022, you will follow the curriculum requirements listed in the table below and labeled with the year 2022.

If you were assigned LEAD BEFORE January 1, 2022, you will now need to meet the 2022 curriculum requirements listed in the table below.  

You can access prior years’ requirements on LEAD Curriculum Equivalencies

Note: Requirements have evolved over the years to meet the needs of those in supervisory roles in the University. If you are overdue completing LEAD, it may be helpful to check your Learning Transcript to verify that you have already completed some of the 2022 LEAD Curriculum Requirements

Follow these steps to check your Learning Transcript:

    1. Access your Learning Transcript from the Learning & Development Portal
    2. Compare your transcript to the 2022 LEAD Curriculum Requirments to determine which requirements you have met and still need to complete
    3. When you have fulfilled all of the 2022 LEAD Curriculum Requirements, the Learning and Development Portal will automatically record a LEAD completion status on your Learning Transcript 

Note: Individual sessions can be attended by those in non-supervisory roles in the interest of leadership development and succession planning or as refresher training for those who have already completed LEAD certification. 

2022 LEAD Curriculum Requirements


*Session is offered in-person or in Zoom

Performance Management Essentials

*Session is offered in-person or in Zoom

 Management Essentials 

*Session is offered in-person or in Zoom

EEODF Online Modules and Required Session 

*Session is offered in-person or in Zoom

Environmental Health & Safety for Managers* SHRA Performance Planning: Objectives & Timeline (online)

Effective Discipline Policy & Practice (online)

EEODF - History and Law (online)

Worker’s Compensation for Managers* SHRA Performance Planning: Institutional Goals (online)

Progressive Corrective Action for Managers*

EEODF - Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) (online)

SHRA Position Management & Compensation for Managers SHRA Performance Planning: Individual Goals (online)

(Course) Detecting and Dealing with Performance Problems (online)

EEODF - Legally Defensible Hiring (online)

EHRA Position Management & Compensation for Managers*

SHRA Performance Appraisal: Annual Performance Review (online)

(Course) Difficult People: Strategies to Keep Everyone Working Together (online)

EEODF - Unlawful Workplace Harassment (online)

SHRA Recruitment for Managers* SHRA Performance Appraisal: Navigating NinerTalent (online) (Course) Resolving Workplace Conflict (online)

EEODF - EEO & You (online)

Managing Employee Time & Leave for Managers



EEODF - Diversity & Inclusion (online)

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (online; document) Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Fundamentals (EEODF)* 
EHRA Recruitment for Managers*  


The Leadership Experience is UNC Charlotte's CUPA-HR award-winning development program designed to enhance leadership competencies of mid-to senior-level managers. 

For more information, please contact Learning and Organizational Development at hrtraining@uncc.edu

Note: This opportunity will return to Charlotte's leadership in the fall of 2023. 

This semester-long course includes a variety of well-respected topics including Situational Leadership®️, Benchmarks 360 Degree Assessment®️ from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL); DiSC®️ personal assessment toolcritical thinking and problem-solving. Participants will gain an understanding of the differences between leadership and management, how to clarify expectations, influence people, make fact-based decisions and build relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

The program promotes on-the-job application in two ways:

  1. Attendees commit to the full semester schedule and participate in a team capstone project to benefit the University

  2. Attendees also work with their manager and direct reports throughout the program to apply enhanced leadership skills