UCOP Leadership Development Program

The purpose of the UCOP Leadership Development Program is to accelerate the development of individual leadership abilities as well as to create a diverse pipeline of future UCOP leaders.

Participants learn UC strategy, goals and issues. Through a combination of workshops and simulated experience, they develop leadership tools that prepare them to be leaders who are capable of meeting the challenges of UCOP’s changing environment with a focus on the following competencies:

  • Leading
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Managing People
  • Strategy and Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Communicating effectively as an OP Leader
The program consists of:
  • Nine days of interactive learning events
  • Presentations by senior leaders
  • A team project sponsored by an OP leader
  • Leadership assessments and a focused development plan
  • Individual feedback

Program detail

  • Target population: High-performing individuals who manage people and/or projects
  • Time commitment: Approximately 1 to 2 days a month during the duration of the program.

Participant selection process

Nominees are selected on the following criteria:

  • Manages people and/or projects with a broad scope of responsibility
  • Successfully completed at least one year in current position at UCOP
  • Demonstrated capability and commitment to grow
  • Commitment to participate in all sessions


Potential participants may either be nominated or self-nominate. Supervisor support is critical for success because of the time requirements and the benefits of ongoing support in applying new leadership skills.