• Doctor of Executive Leadership (DEL)

    Doctor of Executive Leadership

    Online, with an annual 1-week Charleston Residence


    Leadership is about making a difference wherever you are, every day. The University of Charleston’s School of Business and Leadership exists to cultivate leaders who are prepared to make a difference at all levels. We are shaping a new generation of leaders by equipping people with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference where they are, right now. Our cohort-based programs create an encouraging, supportive learning environment in which people can grow personally and professionally.

    University of Charleston Leadership Competencies

    • Leading Self with Character. Before leaders can lead others, they must first learn to lead themselves. Leaders draw on a personal source of energy and cornerstone of strength to guide their choices and actions in meeting the challenges of today. Qualities of character and habits of mind ground leaders as they strive to achieve both their personal goals and the goals of their organization. Leading self with character includes emotional intelligence, authenticity, integrity, courage, sense of purpose, resilience, health and well-being, and lifelong learning.
    • Leading Others and Connecting Through Communication. Leaders build relational connections with others by communicating skillfully, sensing social realities, and embracing diversity. Leaders build bridges. They value and engage others. Leaders work to develop others’ capacity, build connections and teams, and allocate decision making.
    • Leading for Results with Resource Acumen. Leaders shape the environment of the enterprise through design and stewardship of the organization’s resources. Leaders create a culture and environment in which members achieve meaningful results. Leaders operate with a systems perspective, design
    • dynamic systems, achieve results, capitalize on use of resources, and serve customers and stakeholders.
    • Leading in a Climate of Change. In a changing world, leaders need to prepare and adjust while keeping to their organization’s vision. Leaders hold a future vision, maintain a positive orientation, expand people’s capacity for change, cultivate environmental awareness, and embrace ambiguity and paradox.
    • Leading across Boundaries and Building Coalitions. Leaders operate on the edge of and across boundaries, often in areas in which they have no direct authority. Leaders recognize the system in which their own organization operates and work to make boundaries permeable. To accomplish the goal of leading across boundaries, leaders establish partnerships and alliances, build collaborative relationships, practice political savvy and the use of power, foster networks, and create relationships across our globalized world.