Cox Leadership Academy

Join forces with the bold optimists at SMU Cox, where we are forging a new future – together.
Engage with an innovative learning culture that is changing the way the world does business.

Cox Leadership Academy graduates are adaptable, innovative individuals who want to work in cross-functional teams, learn to critically analyze problems, succinctly communicate data insights who can leverage technology in a global setting to solve complex business issues and lead effective change for business growth.

Participant Profile

You are at the VP level and above and you are ambitious and passionate, and you want a leadership development program that will take you to the next level. An innovative curriculum that lets you tailor your learning to your goals is just the start. At SMU Cox, we have high expectations of you and we give you what you need to exceed them — from deep connections with facilitators that The Economist ranks No. 7 for quality, to a tight-knit global alumni community and coaching support that keeps giving as you build your career. Experiential learning is a core part of your program here. The result: You will learn from and connect with industry professionals and corporate leaders in the city named No. 1 Metro for Job Growth.

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Program Components

  • A year long journey to becoming a Transformative Leader
  • A 360-degree assessment (The Multifactor Leadership and Authenticity Questionnaire)
  • Quarterly residencies for two and half days (on our main SMU campus in the Collins Center)
  • Academic Rigor with Practical Application through an Integrated Leadership Development Model: includes multi-modal learning, application learning, and an individual development plan for intentional growth, reflection exercises, peer coaching, and more.
  • Personalized learning through one on one Coaching (6 sessions)
  • Action learning project
  • Featured Industry Leader Speakers throughout the program

Lominger Competencies Addressed

  • Self-Development
  • Creativity
  • Managing Vision and Purpose
  • Innovation Management
  • Inspiring Others
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Motivating Others
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Decision Quality
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others
  • Understanding Others
  • Managing Diversity
  • Approachability
  • Process Management
  • Caring about Direct Reports
  • Perspective
  • Personal Learning
  • Change Management
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Collaboration
  • Business Acumen
  • Comfort around Higher Management
  • Strategic Agility
 

Selection Process:

There will be a selection and interview process:
Selection criteria includes:
  • Identified (and validated) by the organization as a current or future senior or enterprise level leader
  • Desire to learn, grow and change
  • High potential and high capability
  • Consistently strong performance
  • Demonstrates leadership characteristics
  • Support from direct leader
  • Ability to commit to program requirements (bi-monthly in-person sessions, monthly virtual sessions, etc.)
  • Willing to invest time and energy to participate fully for the benefit of self and others.
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  • Dates

    4/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - 1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM

  • Format

    Tuesday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.; Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location

    Online and On Campus

    James M. Collins Executive Education Center

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  • Price

    Online - $18,000 (Concurrent with the on-campus experience)
    On Campus - $18,000

    Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate.

    To learn more about customization options for this program, contact Luigi Pecoraro at 214.768.3549 or lpecoraro@smu.edu

    Sessions:

    Leading Yourself

    Leading Teams

    Leading in the Organization

    Leading Across the Enterprise

  • Topics

    Through our future-ready learning experience grounded in proven theory and practical application with input from real business leaders you will be equipped with the mindset, skills, and passion to lead in the workplace and beyond.

  • Schedule

    February-March

    • Take the MLQ Leadership Assessment
    • Individual Coaching: Debrief Assessment

    April 2022: In-Person Session One: Leading Self/Program Kick-Off

    Session 1

    Leading Self

    Day 1 - April 5, 2022

    Leading Self

    Day 2 - April 6, 2022

    Leading Self

    Day 3 – April 7, 2022

    8:00 AM

     

    Leading Self

    Introductions and Overview

     

    Becoming a Transformative Leader:
    Exploring your Authentic Leadership

    Jeff Strese

    Becoming a Transformative Leader: Leading with a Compelling Vision

    Introduce & Launch MLQ and ALQ Leadership Assessment

    Luigi Pecoraro
    Shane Goodwin

    Leadership Resilience Optimize Brain Performance

    Dee O’Neill

    Set up Action Learning Project

    Session Action Plan
    Program Concludes

    12:00 PM

    Lunch with Industry Speaker

    Peer Group Lunch

    Box Lunch & Participants Depart

    1:00 PM

     

    Monday Evening
    Welcome Reception
    5-7 p.m.

    Becoming a Transformative Leader:
    Putting your Strengths to Work

    Jeff Strese

    The ESI Advantage:
    The Ongoing
    Development of  Emotional and Social Intelligence

    Pam Van Dyke

    Set up Peer Groups

     

     

     

    5:00 PM

    Open

    Dinner at Collins with Industry Speaker

     



     Session 1 Follow Up

    May

     

    June

    Individual Coaching

     

    Group Application Session: Virtual

    Peer Coaching & Application of Learning

     



     

    July 2022 In-Person Session Two: Leading Others/Teams

    Session 2

    Leading Others/Teams

    Day 1 – July 12, 2022

    Leading Others/Teams

    Day 2 – July 13, 2022

    Leading Others/Teams

    Day 3 – July 14, 2022

    8:00 AM

     

    Leading Others / Teams

    Leading High-Performance Teams

    Vanessa Druskat

    Innovate through Human- Centered Design

     

    Jessica Burnham
    Radhika Zaveri

     

    Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation: Leading a Strategic Culture

    Jose Bowen

    Session Action Plan Program Concludes

    12:00 PM

    Lunch with Industry Speaker

    Peer Group Lunch

    Box Lunch & Participants Depart

    1:00 PM

     

    Leading Others / Teams

    Leading High-Performance Teams

    Vanessa Druskat

    Innovate through Human- Centered Design

    Field Trip (Experiential Learning Exercise)
    Jessica Burnham
    Radhika Zaveri

     

     

     

    5:00 PM

    Collins Center – Dining
    Coaches Invited to Attend if Local

    Industry Speaker then a Reception at Blanton Terrace

     


    Session 2 Follow Up

    August

     

    September

     

    September

    Individual Coaching

     

    Group Application Session: Virtual (4 weeks out)

     

    Manager Check In on IDP Progress: Sync up with Coach and Coachee

    Peer Coaching & Application of Learning

     



    October 2022 In-Person Session Three: Leading in the Organization

    Session 3

    Leading in the Organization

    Day 1 – October 11, 2022

    Leading in the Organization

    Day 2 – October 12, 2022

    Leading in the Organization

    Day 3 – October 13, 2022

    8:00 AM

     

    Leading in the Organization

    Leader as Coach

    Charlotte Barner

     

    Leading in a Digital Age: What does it mean for you?

    Scott Allen

    Strategic Analytics

    12:00 PM

    43 Restaurant in Bush Institute

    Lunch with an Industry Speaker

    Box Lunch & Participants Depart

    1:00 PM

     

    Leading in the Organization

    Bush Institute – Decision Simulation
    Decision Making Biases  

    Jerry Magar

    Leading in a Digital Age: What does it mean for you?

    Scott Allen

     

     

     

    5:00 PM

    Dinner with Industry Speaker

    Open

     


    Session 3 Follow Up

    November

     

    December

     

    December

    Individual Coaching: IDP Progress, Learning Application, Project Coaching

     

    Group Application Session: Virtual

     

    Manager Check-In on IDP Progress

    Peer Coaching & Application of Learning

     



     

    January 2023 In-Person Session Four: Leading Across the Enterprise

    Session 4

    Leading the Enterprise

    Day 1 – January 24, 2023

    Leading the Enterprise

    Day 2 – January 25, 2023

    Leading the Enterprise

    Day 3 – January 26, 2023

    8:00 AM

     

    Leading Across the Enterprise

     

     

    Leading Change Simulation

    Jerry Magar

    Strategic Management

     

    Helmuth Ludwig

    Creating Organizational Sustainability
    Shane Goodwin

    Debrief Lessons Learned & Learning Application

    Introduce Post-Program 360

    Graduation/

    Program Concludes/Participants Depart

     

    12:00 PM

    Lunch with Industry Speaker

    Peer Group Lunch

    Box Lunch

    1:00 PM

     

    Leading Across the Enterprise

    Leading Change
    Simulation

    Jerry Magar

    Action Learning Project
    Report Outs
    And Debrief

    Luigi Pecoraro
    Shane Goodwin

     

     

    5:00 PM

    Open

    Dinner at Collins with Industry Speaker

     

     

    Post-Program:

    • Conduct post-program 360
    • Coach close-out on IDP progress one month post-program
    • Manager close-out on IDP progress two months post-program

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