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The Senior Executive Leaders Program

Does effective leadership look the same across organizations and contexts? As leaders ascend and prepare for the highest-level leadership roles, the leadership equation needs to be rebalanced.

The Senior Executive Leaders Program focuses on helping participants understand nuanced ways how “who you are” shows up in your leadership, avoiding predictable mistakes in decision-making, finding ways to innovate in any type of organization, maximizing personal influence using proven techniques, and getting buy-in of your efforts. The program is designed to build strategic leadership capacity at senior levels, drive productivity and effectiveness by capitalizing on diverse perspectives, and developing action plans for energizing the organization.

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$7,450 - Includes tuition, program materials, accommodations for three nights, and most meals and breaks.

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Who should attend?

This program is designed for executives with substantial experience and significant responsibilities, and may also be preparing for the C-suite:

  • New C-suite executives
  • Senior Vice Presidents
  • Managing Directors

Why attend?


Ranked #1 in the U.S. by in 2018, The Center’s leadership development programs continue to gain recognition around the world. The 2018 awards by and Leadership Excellence Magazine marked the 5th year in a row that The Center’s programs have been top-ranked, and the first time The Center’s program were recognized with a #1 award in both the open-enrollment and custom program categories. Read more about our ranking.

Continuing Education


The Center for Leadership is a recognized provider of both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and SHRM professional development credits (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification). Participants of this program will be eligible to receive CEUs and SHRM-PDCs with participating professional organizations.

Benefits for the organization

  • Build strategic leadership capacity at senior levels
  • Drive productivity and effectiveness by capitalizing on diverse perspectives
  • Develop a process for continual growth without fatigue
  • Develop an action plan for energizing the organization
  • Lead innovation in systemic ways

Benefits for the individual

  • Understanding how “who you are” shows up in the way you make decisions
  • Avoiding predictable and automatic biases to which we are all prone and which can hinder our effectiveness
  • Maximizing personal influence using proven techniques
  • Getting buy-in for own efforts regardless of personal leadership style
  • Leading units and organizations through significant change

Topics and Schedule

The Center’s Leadership Competency Builder© is at the core of The Senior Executive Leaders Program curriculum design. This list of research-based, high-impact leadership competencies provides a framework for leadership development and helps in determining what is most needed for successful leadership across all levels and organizations.

The Leadership Competency Builder© was conducted by a team of researchers at the FIU Center for Leadership based on an extensive literature review of multi-disciplinary, top-tier academic research on leadership from 2010 to 2015. This list of 45 leadership competencies is thematically categorized into 5 “meta-competencies” which inform the design and development of all Center programs.

  • Leading Self
  • Strategic Focus
  • Connecting with Others
  • Leading Others
  • Delivering Results

Afternoon Sessions

  • Check-In and Registration at 6:00pm
  • Program Introduction
  • CEO Dinner and Roundtable

*Schedule subject to change


Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.
Program Chair

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Gino Coca-Mir

Gino Coca-Mir

Kaihan Krippendorff, Sc.D.

Kaihan Krippendorff, Sc.D.

Hock-Peng Sin, Ph.D.

Hock-Peng Sin, Ph.D.

Stephen J. Zaccaro, Ph.D.

Stephen J. Zaccaro, Ph.D.


Lloyd DeVaux, President and CEO at Sunstate Bank, believes firmly that people aren’t born leaders. Rather, leadership must be developed — and development is a continual process, he says. So, it’s no surprise that Lloyd himself participated in The Senior Executive Leaders Program at The Center for Leadership at FIU.

As a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) program, a three-year program, Lloyd was looking for local leadership development opportunities not only to increase his own abilities but also to be used for developing the leaders in his organization.

“The Center’s Senior Executive Leaders Program was very well done,” he says with enthusiasm.

The program was diverse in terms of topics and the faculty members are excellent at staying on point, something that’s valuable in an intense program.”

Lloyd reports, “I brushed up on some important leadership skills that we tend to forget as time goes by – such as listening well – and learned valuable new insight in the leadership field, important information about what works and what doesn’t.”

Having leadership development be research-based is important to Lloyd. “Plus, I was impressed that the faculty at The Center knows so well how to put research into practical terms that leaders can use right away,” he adds.

Lloyd is pleased he discovered the Center for Leadership and will be sending a team leader at Sunstate Bank to The Women Leaders Program at the Center for Leadership in 2017.

“Leadership development is essential, I always tell my team,” he says. “Regardless of how skilled you are at doing something, if you can effectively lead 10 people to perform that activity, you will be many times more productive”.

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