Graduate School Prep and Leadership Development

Vision: To successfully assist MBADiversity Professional Associate members with graduate school application, leadership development and spiritual refreshing.

We are aligning with CD2 Learning ™ and their Blanchard Essentials program, to teach you Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) highly acclaimed leadership development program. SLII® is the most widely used leadership model in the world. Not only does SLII® boost the effectiveness, impact and dedication of leaders, it teaches leaders to behave in alignment with their best intentions; in alignment with what their people need; and in alignment with organizational goals.

Impact skills covered include:

  • Self-awareness and Knowledge
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Understanding Others
  • Motivating People
  • Work/Life Balance
  • And More...

Time Frame:

Spring/Summer 2015 Cohort

Launch: April 27th
1st Debrief: May 11th
2nd Debrief: June 15th
3rd Debrief: July 13th
4th Debrief: August 10th
Final Debrief: September 14th


Understanding Self
Intro to Temperaments: This course describes the aspect of personality concerned with emotional dispositions and reactions. This course will help you understand temperaments and the behaviors you feel most and least comfortable with.
Goal Setting: You will write goals that are SMART—Specific, Motivating, Attainable, Relevant, and Trackable. You will learn how organization SMART goals and your goals can have purpose and an observable outcome.
Self Leadership and Diagnosis: This course will help you develop a key skill of self leadership—diagnosis. You’ll learn how to assess your stage of development at each goal or task and use this information to ask for the support and direction you need.
Needs and Values: This course contains information, exercises, and tools that will help you identify and understand key aspects of yourself. This will help you recognize what is important to you and give you standards by which to make decisions.
Relating to Temperaments: This course will address the issues and opportunities you have in relating to people whose temperaments are different from yours. You will explore why people “rub you the wrong way” or react in emotional ways.

Building Relationships
Diagnosing Others: When you’re responsible for someone else’s performance, you have to be able to diagnose what he or she needs from you. This course teaches participants the first skill of a situational leader and will help you understand what your people need during their stages of development.
Matching Your Leadership Style: The second skill of Situational Leadership® II, Matching. Using leadership styles that match your direct reports’ development helps you better manage them. This will help you adapt from one situation to another—giving your people what they need when they need it with the correct leadership style Interpersonal Communication: This course will equip you with skills to communicate effectively and avoid misunderstandings. You will become aware of how to clearly communicate with others, influence them, and make the impact you want.
One on One Conversations: An effective practice of a Situational Leader, One-on-One’s. Frequent meetings with your direct reports, manager or other key partners help you get what you need to become as successful as possible. This course will guide you in setting up and getting the most out of One on One meetings. The accompanying tool allows your people to digitally store all relevant information.

Producing Results
Alignment Conversations: Here the learner is introduced to the third skill of a Situational Leader, Partnering for Performance. This course will help you effectively partner with your people to get the results all of you want. It will show you how to reach agreements about their goals or tasks as well as the amount of direction and support they need.
Listening for Results: Listening is a skill that can be developed with effective techniques and practice. This lesson will help you listen more deeply for the most useful information in a conversation and ask questions that yield the best results.

Charting Careers
Temperaments and Careers: This course contains information, exercises, and tools that will help you understand how temperaments affect careers. Your temperament can work for you in any career and help in hiring and building strong teams.
Understanding Career Development: This course will help you explore what it takes to chart your own career path. You will build a plan identifying where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what your long-range goals are.

Note: This program is rigorous with homework, insightful exercises, personal coaching and book reading involvement. You will complete this program with the necessary tools and completed roadmap to successfully navigate your academic and professional career.

Application Deadlines and Program Cost

Early Decision: March 1st
Regular Decision: March 15th
Final Decision: April 1st

The cost of the program is $495.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. How do I apply for the Professional Development Program?

A: Once you submit your application and fee through our secure site, we will contact you for a Phone Connect. After the Phone Connect, you will be sent an invitation to attend our Online Information Session.

Q: I am interested in the GIM (Global Immersion Module) as well. How do I apply?

A: We select approximately 10 Global Fellows for the Global Immersion Module.
To Apply, click here.