Leadership development isn’t just a priority; it’s the foundation of what we do.


Leadership Foundations Core

The Leadership Foundations curriculum examines leadership development from the individual, team, and organizational perspectives. Leadership Foundations starts with the opening one-week residential and continues throughout the 22-month Executive MBA program.

Elements of the Leadership Foundations core include:

  • Self-evaluation of leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • Individual problem-solving and decision-making
  • Goal-setting and goal-achievement skills
  • Peer coaching and teamwork
  • Individual career development
  • Executive communication and negotiation skills



UCLA Anderson is changing the practice of business. In the Leadership@Anderson program, we integrate our Transformative Leader framework into classroom learning and real-world opportunities so that students can drive the change they want to see.

An MBA education must not be a performative experience yielding only short-term gains. This is why UCLA Anderson ensures that each MBA student’s entire learning journey integrates leadership development through monthly one-on-one coaching and observation. As a result, students grow their skills and acumen via academic insights, personal reflections and coaching conversations that promote accountability. Students will see themselves develop into better leaders over the course of the program, and this valuable coaching comes included in the MBA experience.

How Leadership@Anderson Works

  • Each MBA student develops a leadership practice plan in their first week.
  • Students begin monthly coaching designed to advance and iterate on their plan.
    Monthly written deliverables and in-person conversations track progress.
  • All MBA courses have a focus on building the capabilities of the Transformative Leader:

Solves complex business problems in a transforming industry landscape


Catalyzes action by organizations, teams and individuals


Real-World Problems that Leaders Face


The capstone leadership course of the Executive MBA program addresses practical decision-making challenges leaders face when confronting decisions alone and in groups. Students learn to recognize cognitive biases in themselves and in others and gain skills to re-calibrate group dynamics in order to achieve better results. These skills are taught experientially through participatory simulations and posthoc analyses.

Executive Communication & Presentation Skills


The UCLA Anderson Executive MBA is all about confronting business challenges head-on. For many professionals, public speaking represents a unique area of discomfort. The Executive MBA will help you hone your skills to create and deliver a top-notch persuasive pitch. You will also develop techniques for tackling difficult business conversations, including employee reviews and interventions.

If you're looking for additional opportunities to sharpen your leadership communication skills there are elective courses that focus on persuasion, thinking on your feet and negotiations.

“The impact that my MBA has had on my career has exceeded all expectations. While I obtained the degree to garner business acumen and expand my knowledge base, I underestimated how much the curriculum, and especially my professors and classmates, contributed to my understanding that health care is a complex economic activity that requires professional management. And indeed, those tools for management are exactly what I learned to utilize and wield. The Leadership Foundations course was essential to this process, in that it guided me through the process of my own individual growth as a Leader. This course gave me a space to reflect, set goals and truly grow, not just in a management capacity but as a person.”

Eve Glazier (’15), M.D.
President, Faculty Practice Group at UCLA Health