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Doctor of Executive Leadership

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.

Why Leadership?

Organizations and Communities Need Leaders.  In our fast-paced and changing world, having strong leaders to direct our response is critical. Although the actions and interactions of leaders will vary based on the specific needs of the community or organization, we believe there is a set of competencies required for all leaders.

Leadership can be taught. As we seek to develop and train leaders, our goal is to impart a set of competencies to provide a solid foundation for learning. We believe the best way to teach leadership is through active learning and participation. Leadership education must provide guidance in ethical and emotional development in addition to adaptive skills for leading others.

Leadership is primarily relational.  Leaders accomplish results by connecting and cooperating with others. In order to engage people fully, leaders need to be able to understand and address their varied interests and motivations. To be most effective, leadership must be dynamic. There is no single leadership approach that transfers to all situations; leaders adapt their own personal styles appropriate for the people and organizations with which they work.

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. 

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Admissions Representative

David Cooper
Admissions Representative, Master of Strategic Leadership and Doctor of Executive Leadership
School of Business & Leadership
158 Dye Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

Contact Information

Dr. John E. Barnette
Associate Dean of Leadership
School of Business & Leadership
900 Virginia Street, E. Suite 200
Charleston, WV 25301

Dr. Judith Noble Halle
School of Business & Leadership