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Leadership Foundations

The Leadership Foundations Program is required for eligible non-faculty people managers with supervisory responsibility (up to and including Assistant Vice Presidents).

  • Builds leadership and management competencies among new and existing leaders
  • Delivered in four all-day sessions across four consecutive months
  • Cohort-based with peers who will examine the distinctive characteristics and skills leaders must develop and model to succeed within UT Southwestern
  • Developed in partnership with UT Southwestern executive leaders


To build engagement by encouraging sharing and enhancing leadership potential throughout the institution.

Curriculum Features

  • Instructor-led sessions
  • Professional assessments
  • Customized case studies
  • Instructional videos
  • Study of relevant work scenarios
  • Pre- and post-session assignments
  • Thought-provoking debate and analysis with self-reflection and personal development

Instructor Team

The instructors are UTSW leaders who create an engaging, challenging and motivating learning environment. The program also includes participants’ direct supervisors, who will be provided post-session resources to encourage application of learned concepts and practices on the job.


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Session 1

  • Climate, Leadership Brand and The UTSW Way
  • Lead with Strengths

Session 2

  • Human Resources Essentials
  • UTSW Employee Relations Process and Problem-Solving

Session 3

  • UTSW Employee Engagement and Team Governance
  • Leader’s Roles to Increase Engagement
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Session 4

  • Business of Academic Medicine
  • Business Acumen: Data Utilization
  • Ethics, Compliance and Internal Controls
  • Leadership Brand and Graduation

Ongoing Alumni Learning Opportunities

Learning and application does not end here. Graduates will be provided with:

  • Networking opportunities with other alumni
  • Access to online supplemental enrichment tools and resources
  • Invitations to return to the classroom with best practices, success stories and/or challenges for future participants to help solve

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