The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Leadership & Management Development

Haslam College of Business

Reaching Your Leadership Potential

After studying and perfecting their craft in a functional or technical craft for many years, professionals promoted to a manager position often find themselves ill-equipped to meet the day-to-day challenges. They often discover the transition into a leadership/management position to be difficult, frustrating and perplexing as they have had little or no leadership/management development experiences. The Reaching Your Leadership Potential program helps demystify the challenges of leadership and can help new or current managers maximize their leadership potential.

This program lays the groundwork for these professionals to become good managers through a carefully crafted curriculum focused on the most pressing and perplexing issues. Leadership, managing change, counseling and coaching, personnel management and hiring, managing across generations are just a few of the topics that will be discussed. With extensive opportunities to exchange ideas and assess problems, participants will learn fresh approaches, expand their point of view and further develop their ability to lead.

This course is also available as a custom course on the Knoxville campus or at a location of your choice.

Key Benefits

This course presents fundamental tools for effectively leading people and managing a unit. Using a combination of discussions, interactive exercises, role-playing, and an assessment tool, you will . . .

  • Learn how to interview and select the right people for the job
  • Understand the benefits of being positive and setting stretch goals
  • Increase your ability to communicate and influence others through stories and humor
  • Develop skills to effectively deal with all people and learn how to impact their behaviors and performance
  • Learn to manage change and anchor those changes
  • Provide meaningful and effective performance reviews

Intended Audience

New or current managers, supervisors and individual contributors being groomed for a manager’s position and high potentials. This is also an excellent program for people with technical backgrounds such as engineers and scientists who are transitioning into a leadership position.

Duration & Dates

1 week

September 18 – 22, 2017


Cheryl Barksdale, Ph.D. is a leadership consultant and expert in employee selection, executive development, experiential learning, performance appraisal, and individual differences in the workplace. She is the director of Leadership Development Assessments for executive MBA programs in the Haslam College of Business, Office of Graduate and Executive Education.

Elaine Seat, Ph.D., PE, has over 15 years of experience consulting, teaching and developing leadership skills for professionals. Prior to her appointment as a professor, she spent over 20 years in industry as an engineer, project and program manager and engineering manager. Elaine has her doctorate in sport psychology, emphasis in technical performance, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Elaine is a faculty member in the Management Department.



Cost of the program includes:

  • Breakfasts, lunches and break refreshments
  • On-campus parking
  • All program materials and LIFO® assessment
  • Professional education credits, when requested

Preferred pricing is available for multiple attendees from the same organization, current students and alumni of the Executive-Level MBA programs.

Visit our preferred pricing page or call +1 (865) 974-5001 for more information.

Graduate & Executive Education ~ 504 Haslam Business Building ~ 1000 Volunteer Boulevard Knoxville, TN ~ 37996-4150
Phone: +1 865-974-5001 ~ Fax: +1 865-974-4989 ~ Email:


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