Executive Leadership Fundamentals Workshop


UCF’s Executive Leadership Fundamentals workshop provides a unique opportunity to elevate your leadership and strategic management skills by drawing on your natural strengths and introducing some of the most effective tools and approaches to leader development.

Led by Dr. Ron Piccolo, the workshop is comprised of three complementary modules, designed to develop the cognitive, interpersonal, and strategic management skills that are essential for effective leadership of individuals, groups, and organizations. Based on the premise that leadership is a process of social influence, the workshop examines the psychological, cognitive and social processes that facilitate (or undermine) effective influence in organizations.

The Fall 2020 session of this workshop will be delivered online in two half-day blocks. Dr. Piccolo will be using Zoom for interactive video and audio experience.

Who Should Attend:

  • Mid-level and senior managers, aspiring leaders and managers transitioning into leadership roles across all functional areas including, but not limited to operations, R&D, engineering, finance, marketing, HR, and all industries will benefit from this workshop.

Benefits of Attending

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of critical thinking, and the cognitive heuristics of effective leaders and managers
  2. Recognize sources of organizational and personal power
  3. Improve their ability to perform the role of facilitator, coach and mentor in a variety of settings
  4. Learn to utilize influence tactics like persuasion and storytelling
  5. Develop essential relationship skills by learning to build trust, demonstrate active listening, communicate with empathy, manage emotions, and attend to the needs and work style preferences of their relationship partners


Leading Self (Cognitive Skills)

  • The mind and cognitive patterns of leaders
  • Developing a leadership identity and style
  • Sources of power and influence

 Leading Others (Interpersonal Skills)

  • Influence without authority
  • The language of leadership
  • Coaching, Negotiating, Difficult Conversations

Leading Groups & Organizations (Business & Strategic Skills)

  • How strategists think
  • Leading teams
  • Encouraging innovation & creativity


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Instructor Biography

Executive Leadership Fundamentals Instructor, Dr.Ronald f. PiccoloDr. Ronald F. Piccolo is the Chair of the Department of Management and the Galloway Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Central Florida. From 2009 – 2016, he served as the Cornell Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Center for Leadership Development & Executive Education at Rollins College. Dr. Piccolo earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. from Rollins, and a Bachelors of Science in mathematics from Stetson University. He has been a visiting scholar at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and the Amsterdam Business School.

Dr. Piccolo teaches graduate-level courses in leadership, organizational behavior (OB), research methods, and management strategy. He has been the recipient of various teaching awards as well as the Don Quijote, Hispanic Community Champion award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Prospera. His research on leadership, motivation, job design and personality has been published in Forbes magazine, Monster.com, CIO.com, in numerous textbooks, and in top academic journals. In 2018, he was recognized by the Academy of Management Learning and Education as one of the Top 100 Most Influential authors in organizational behavior.

He is very involved with the Academy of Management currently serving as Program Chair for the OB division and serves on the boards of various academic journals. Dr. Piccolo's consulting experience includes leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, economic impact, and board development for various Central Florida organizations.

Dr. Piccolo is a dynamic presenter and a passionate teacher. He engages his audience by being creative and using real world examples of course material. Discussions in class are lively and thought provoking.

Registration Options

Start Date/ Time Location Cost
11/17/2020 - 11/19/2020
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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Online (Streamed Live)
Instructor: Dr. Ronald Piccolo