General information

UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Program (LFP)

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is committed to training world-class business and management leaders, to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and to being an engine of economic prosperity in our region and globally.

As part of this mission, the Graduate School of Management has developed the UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). The program is designed to provide students with tools to gain greater awareness of their personal leadership principles and related leadership competencies and provide training and experiences that foster growth in these areas.

Through the program, we seek to build student capacity and tool sets to grow as leaders throughout their careers, build lifelong leadership capability for our students, and differentiate our students in jobs and career pursuits.

The program has been built incorporating tools and approaches used by Fortune 500 companies to develop talent, and includes:

  • UC Davis MBA Leadership Com­petency Model.
  • Korn Ferry Leadership Architect Voices® 360 Assessment.
  • Leadership development programing, delivered by GSM faculty and industry experts.
  • Development of a Personal Leadership Development Plan.
  • Leadership coaching for students by a certified leadership development coach who has been trained by our industry partner, Korn Ferry.

What Students Should Expect

The LFP has been designed to strengthen student experience and performance in both the MBA program and in their careers long after graduation. In partnership with Korn Ferry, the preeminent authority on leadership and talent development, we have built a program that  engages students in identifying leadership competency gaps and development activities to close those gaps.

The LFP experience includes a 360° assessment activity. Using the Korn Ferry Leadership Architect Voices® 360, students are assessed against the UC Davis MBA Leadership Com­petency Model. The data gathered provides a foundation of under­standing of leadership capability and future development needs.

UC Davis MBA Leadership Competency Model

THOUGHT RESULTS PEOPLE SELF

Understanding the Business

Business Insight

Customer Focus


Making Complex Decisions

Manages Complexity

Decision Quality


Creating the New and Different

Cultivates Innovation

Strategic Mindset

Managing Execution

Plans and Aligns


Focusing on Performance

Drives Results

Building Collaborative Relationships

Collaborates

Manages Conflict

Interpersonal Savvy

Builds Networks


Optimizing Diverse Talent

Values Differences

Builds Effective Teams


Influencing People

Communicates Effectively

Drives Engagement

Drives Vision and Purpose

Being Authentic

Courage

Instills Trust


Being Open

Demonstrates Self-Awareness


Being Flexible and Adaptable

Manages Ambiguity

Nimble Learning

Being Resilient

Download the UC Davis MBA Leadership Competency Model (PDF)

Competencies defined below. Click the headings to expand definitions:

Being Resilient

Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations. Learn more >

Builds Effective Teams

Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals. Learn more >

Builds Networks

Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization. Learn more >

Business Insight

Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals. Learn more >

Collaborates

Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. Learn more >

Communicates Effectively

Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. Learn more >

Courage

Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said. Learn more >

Cultivates Innovation

Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful. Learn more >

Customer Focus

Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions. Learn more >

Decision Quality

Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. Learn more >

Demonstrates Self-Awareness

Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses. Learn more >

Drives Engagement

Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives. Learn more >

Drives Results

Consistently achieving results, even in tough circumstances. Learn more >

Drives Vision and Purpose

Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action. Learn more >

Instills Trust

Gaining others’ confidence and trust through honesty, integrity and authenticity. Learn more >

Interpersonal Savvy

Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people. Learn more >

Manages Ambiguity

Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear. Learn more >

Manages Complexity

Making sense of complex, high-quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems. Learn more >

Manages Conflict

Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise. Learn more >

Nimble Learning

Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder. Learn more >

Plans and Aligns

Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals. Learn more >

Strategic Mindset

Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies. Learn more >

Values Differences

Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. Learn more >

INTRODUCING Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry is the preeminent authority on leadership and talent development, with 80 offices and 3,400 employees working to provide leadership development programs and enterprise learning to clients from around the world.

The GSM has chosen Korn Ferry as our partner in the Leadership Fellows Program because of their long history of success:

  • Data shows participants in Korn Ferry’s leadership development programs experience 35 percent performance improvement within two months.
  • 94 percent of the Fortune 100 have chosen Korn Ferry as their partner in the past three years.
  • With more than one million copies in print, Korn Ferry’s “FYI For Your Improvement” series has become the standard for leadership development at thousands of organizations around the globe.
  • Each month, 50,000 professionals benefit from Korn Ferry development programs.
  • More than 20,000 HR leaders have participated in Korn Ferry’s HR certification courses.
  • Korn Ferry has assessed more than 2.5 million professionals.

Through the LFP, students will experience the expertise of this industry giant. Rarely in our careers are we are provided with the tools and resources needed for true leadership competency development. In this program, students will have access to those tools and resources, and a strong support staff to help them through their journey, every step of the way.

Contact

If you have questions related to the Leadership Fellows Program, please contact James Stevens, senior assistant dean of student affairs, at (530) 752-7661.