Leadership Is Integral to Your Experience

We are committed to each MBA student becoming a Transformative Leader by developing the following capabilities through our curriculum and beyond the classroom:

Transformative Leaders solve complex business problems through these capabilities on the left…


... And catalyze action in organizations, teams and individuals through these capabilities on the right

Explore How Your Anderson Experience Will Integrate the Capabilities of a Transformative Leader

Please be advised that Anderson courses vary from program to program and year to year. Extracurricular opportunities are open to all students.

Strong Industry Acumen

Sample Courses:
  • Technology and Society: Dynamic Relationship and Changing Role of Leaders
  • Entertainment Strategy
  • Building, Valuing, and Financing Health Care Enterprises
Example Extracurricular Opportunities:

Tech Savvy

Sample Courses:
  • Product Management Delivery for Large Technology Companies
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies and Business Models
  • Greater China: Technology-Driven Transformation of Society, Enterprises, and Consumers
Example Extracurricular Opportunities:

Analytically Adept

Sample Courses:
  • Customer Assessment and Analytics
  • Technology Analytics
  • Real Estate Trends: Data Analytics and Property Technology
Example Extracurricular Opportunities:


Sample Courses:
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Technology and Business Challenges in Clean Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Medtech Innovation I: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Medical Technology
Example Extracurricular Opportunities:

Collaborative and Inclusive

Sample Courses:
  • Leading for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Optimizing Team Performance
  • Critical Milestones in Preparing for Life of Leadership
Example Extracurricular Opportunities:

Driven and Purposeful

Sample Courses:
  • Energy, Climate Change, and Finance
  • Balancing Purpose and Profit: Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues for Managers and Investors
  • Social Impact Consulting
Example Extracurricular Opportunities:

Leadership Coaching and Observation

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.
Student and Leadership Coach

Our One-On-One Leadership Coaching Model:

  • Each MBA student develops a leadership practice plan in their first week.
  • Students begin monthly coaching designed to advance, iterate and track progress on their plan.
  • All coaching sessions focus on building the capabilities of the Transformative Leader

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, M.D.
President, Faculty Practice Group at UCLA Health