Curriculum & Coaches: A Three Part Approach

Leadership Skill Building

Through a series of workshop sessions that cohort members attend as a group, participants sharpen critical skills necessary for effective leadership in their organization and community. Through experienced and professional facilitators, participants will learn and practice the characteristics of a results-oriented leader. Skills learned include:

  • Leading teams to excellence
  • Building collaborative relationships and networks
  • Improving critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Learning effective oral communication and active listening
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Engage in self understanding activities designed to help participants enhance personal strengths, address areas for improvement and set goals

Download the Leadership Essentials 2023 Session Schedule for more details.

Professional Leadership Coaching

Personal coaching is a tool utilized by some of the most savvy and experienced leaders in business and management today. A professional coach is objective, confidential, and can help a leader unlock the answers within, enabling them to make appropriate decisions and strengthen leadership skills. Participants will experience:

  • One-on-one coaching sessions twice each month during the six months of the program
  • An objective sounding board
  • Reflections on business and personal challenges

The Leadership Essentials program is always interested in having additional qualified coaches apply and volunteer. Interested in learning more about Leadership Essentials coaching? Please check out the LE 2023 Coach Information Flyer.

Applications have closed for LE 2023 Coaches, but please check back for updated information on Leadership Essentials 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Keefe, LE Program Consultant at or by phone at 703.408.2288.

Community Service Projects

A highlight of this program is the involvement with the community. Participants will work in small teams on a short-term community service project that provides them with the opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice. Throughout the project they will build relationships around a goal-oriented assignment, learning from peers and acquiring first-hand experience at making a difference in the local community. 

This multi-faceted approach enables participants to build valuable skills and professional contacts, and enhance their ability to become effective leaders in business and the wider community. Many Leadership Essentials graduates stay involved with the community organizations they got to know through their community service projects. Others form connections through their classmates and offer their leadership skills and resources to local non-profits.

Continuing Education Units

Loyola University Maryland awards 90 hours of professional development credits for Leadership Essentials and 9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A CEU is not equivalent to a graduate or undergraduate course; however it is evidence of professional study as recognized by Loyola University Maryland.