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Leadership Development

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

To see a list of individual, self-paced leadership development opportunities, please see our curated list of resources available here. It includes recommended books and LinkedIn Learning playlists related to leadership and professional development.

See below for opportunities facilitated by Learning & Development professionals.


Professional Development Circles

Join us for our next Professional Development Circle in spring 2022.

Register via the Professional Education Portal.

What is a Professional Development Circle (PDC)?  

A PDC is a small, organized group of professionals bounded by a common interest in a topic and a commitment to learning together. The goal of a L&D PDC is 3-fold:  

  1. Engage in deep learning and explore new perspectives around a specific topic relevant to your own professional development 
  2. Develop your knowledge base and professional capacities in ways that will enhance your performance and contribute to your organization  
  3. Meet and develop working relationships with people you would not normally interact with in your current role, thereby creating opportunities for communication and collaboration across the University

How is a PDC different from a typical L&D course?  

Together, participants will explore a specific topic over several sessions. There is more conversation and less structure than a traditional course. After the first session, circle members have the opportunity to actively participate in the group facilitation and guide the direction of the group’s learning. Participating in a PDC will expand your peer network after the experience, and groups have the option to continue meeting and extend the PDC if desired.  

What is the focus of a PDC?

Topics vary. This summer's PDC will be focused on learning through difficult times. Past PDCs have focused on women's leadership, learning through the complexities of supervision, and learning to lead through change and uncertainty

Who is the audience for a PDC?

UGA employees with a desire to engage in discussion and co-inquiry around the topic and a willingness to co-facilitate the group’s learning. The first 15 employees to register via the Professional Education Portal will make up the PDC. Additional PDCs may be launched from the waitlist if facilitators are available.


High Impact Leadership: Essentials

***High Impact Leadership: Essentials is currently on hold due to COVID-19. If you would like to be added to our contact list and receive an email notification about future High Impact Leadership sessions, please email***
The High Impact Leadership: Essentials program is designed for high-performing individuals who demonstrate leadership potential regardless of position title at UGA. Any staff or faculty member interested in building a strong foundation of essential leadership skills will benefit from this cohort program. This program is especially valuable to those who are already in or aspire to be in leadership positions.
The highly interactive series encompasses the essential areas of leadership, including:
  • Developing personal leadership qualities
  • Working in teams
  • Managing workplace conflict
  • Crafting emotional intelligence
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Defining your leadership values and goals
Program cost is $375. Fee includes all program materials and a personalized Hogan Assessment.
Find a sample program schedule here. The program usually runs twice/year, once in the fall and once in the spring. If you would like to be added to our contact list and receive an email notification about future High Impact Leadership sessions, please email

Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is a tool for individual leadership development, change management, and professional growth.

At Learning & Development, we follow the Sherpa© Executive Coaching program, an intensive and research-based process designed to produce specific, positive changes in leadership behavior.

Through regular, one-on-one meetings with a trained Sherpa executive coach, clients will address their most pressing leadership challenges by learning proven tools and strategies to improve performance and make a meaningful, positive impact on their division, unit, school, or college.

Executive coaching through Learning & Development includes:

  • 12 one-hour sessions with a certified Sherpa executive coach (in person or virtually)
  • Leadership behavior assessment
  • Sherpa journal and supplementary materials
  • Additional facilitated meetings with an executive contact
  • Complete confidentiality

Candidates for executive coaching include leaders and managers with supervisory and project responsibilities, individuals transitioning to a new position, managers new to their role or to the university, and emerging leaders.

Contact Kiz Adams, well-being coordinator and certified Sherpa executive coach, for more information.


Hogan Assessment©

The Hogan Assessment is a tool that measures personality and workplace behaviors. Through a suite of 3 reports, clients will receive a profile of how their personalities, behaviors, and values influence their performance and leadership style. 
The assessment is coupled with a 90-minute feedback session to receive individual, one-on-one coaching for greater job performance, working relationships, and career success based on report results.
Clients will receive the following reports:
  • The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) – a measure of day-to-day performance in the workplace
  • The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) – a measure of how behaviors manifest when under stress and the person is not actively managing their public image
  • The Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) – a measure of values and drivers to assess organizational fit
Hogan Assessments and one-on-one feedback coaching is beneficial for anyone at any level of the organization – individual contributors, supervisors and team leads, leaders and managers of people and processes, emerging leaders, and individuals moving into new roles.
Learning & Development staff members are certified to interpret Hogan Assessments and provide feedback coaching.
Email for more information on Hogan Assessments for individuals and for teams.

UGA Women's Staff Leadership Institute

The Women's Staff Leadership Institute (WSLI) is an annual program that offers a select group of current University of Georgia employees the opportunity to explore their own leadership identities, develop their careers, and support one another in issues that women leaders face in higher education administration. 
Find more information on the Women's Staff Leadership Institute webpage.

For more information about any leadership development service, contact Learning & Development at or 706-542-7062.


Updated 8.3.2021