UC Irvine Extension Offers Leadership Course and Webinar

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Online Course and Free Webinar Focuses on Honing Effective Leadership Skills

University of California, Irvine Extension announced today that it will offer “Leading Small Groups,” an online course designed to help participants develop better communication skills within small group contexts. The course is part of UC Irvine Extension’s Organizational Leadership and Communication Certificate Program and starts on Jan. 2. Offered on Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, a free webinar titled, “10 Steps for a Successful Leader Transition” will offer insight into how common sense rules can help leaders taking on new or transitioning roles.

“Establishing essential leadership skills is crucial for business professionals of all industries,” said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., director of law, finance and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “With more than 30 years in leadership and management roles, course instructor and webinar host, Christopher Holley provides a comprehensive course curriculum on refining leadership skills.”

By exploring communication processes that are central to leading meetings and working in teams, course participants will gain improved problem solving and decision making skills, effectively facilitate group communication and utilize communication strategies for cooperation and collaboration. The course will cover developing leadership in teams, team vision and goals, meeting facilitation skills, active listening skills, increasing creativity, working collaboratively, building trust, and relationships and cohesiveness within a group setting. Course content on managing roles, group norms, conflict and groupthink will also be covered.

Course instructor, Holley, ABD, MBA, SPHR, CLET is the owner and president of Holley Business Solutions. As an experienced instructor providing leadership and management education, training and services to a wide range of companies, Holley has worked with leaders from various industries. He has taught employees, supervisors, managers and executives for the ICE Academy’s Leadership Development Center for the Department of Homeland Security in Dallas, Texas and at many local colleges and universities.

To register for the webinar, visit http://unex.uci.edu/services/events/#00932. To learn more about the new course and to register, visit http://unex.uci.edu/courses/sectiondetail.aspx?year=2014&term=Winter&sid=00196 or call (949) 824-4661.

About UC Irvine Extension: University of California, Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of UC Irvine. Through thousands of courses and programs offered on campus, online and on site, UC Irvine Extension helps adult learners reach their career advancement and personal enrichment goals — and celebrated 50 years of providing universally accessible, university-level learning to local, regional and global communities. Learn more at http://www.extension.uci.edu, or join us on Facebook at facebook.com/uciextension.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UC Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s largest employer, UC Irvine contributes an annual economic impact of $4.2 billion. For more UC Irvine news, visit http://www.today.uci.edu.

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