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Division of Human Resources


Leadership Development Programs

Leaders define, influence and model the core values of our university. By taking the time to develop our leaders today, we can ensure we are equipped to lead our university tomorrow.

The University of South Carolina offers two leadership development programs — Pipeline for Academy Leadership (PAL) and Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). 

Core Competencies

Individuals selected to participate in these programs attend 40-50 hours of professional development activities that focus on five core competencies: leading change, leading people, managing for results, institutional knowledge and understanding, and building effective relationships.

Within these broad categories, participants gain experience in budgeting and human resources processes, managing difficult people and conflict, and building a network outside one’s academic discipline. Each group explores USC’s values and strategic direction while learning more about the university’s culture, policies, and decision making. 

Program Content

PAL and ELP are structured to reflect a framework for leadership development that starts at the personal level of increasing one’s self-awareness in order to better communicate, influence and work with others. From there it moves into developing the skills of leading teams and organizations.

Some topics covered in both programs include:

  • Common leadership challenges and concerns
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Personal values
  • Individual styles and temperaments
  • Coaching and feedback
  • Difficult conversations
  • Team development
  • Academic environment
  • Administrative challenges
  • Managing change
  • Organizational culture

Additional topics targeted toward specific audiences may be covered.

Program Eligibility and Application Process

While PAL and ELP both follow a similar curriculum, the eligibility and application process is different for each one: