Strategic Leadership Executive Education Workshops

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Program Overview

Implementing a business strategy is a key part of ensuring any firm’s success. However, today’s business environment poses unique challenges to traditional methods of implementing strategy. Dynamic strategies must be developed and implemented in conjunction with the firm’s leadership.

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Led by UCF’s Dr. Robert Porter, our STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP workshop combines the best methods of strategic management with the art-and-science of effective leadership. This two-day program draws together the most important factors needed to analyze, formulate, and effectively lead the implementation of business strategy—which, in turn, leads to competitive advantage.

Through highly-interactive sessions, managers and executives will gain firsthand experience with current strategic management processes. The key principles of effective leadership are combined with these strategy processes to create the most powerful combination possible. You will leave knowing more about your leadership style and potential ways to improve your leadership effectiveness. And you will have a very practical toolkit for leading strategic change.


  • IDENTIFY your leadership style
  • DISCOVER your most effective leadership role
  • LEARN practical methods to analyze and implement strategy
  • STRENGTHEN your ability to lead strategic change
  • APPRAISE your firm’s competitive advantage
  • EARN 14.0 Technical Business CPE’s & 13.5 HRCI credits


This two-day workshop is designed for mid-level managerial-thru-executive levels, across all industry types. The workshop is ideal for managers and executives with responsibility to develop and influence the strategic direction of their firms. Those in the process of transitioning to these roles, as well as those who seek to expand their skills in these areas, will also benefit tremendously.

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Program Content

Developed and led by Dr. Robert Porter, this two-day workshop brings together current research and hands-on experience to successfully prepare you to take on challenges of leading teams and formulating strategy in today’s dynamic business environment. You will learn ways to improve your leadership effectiveness and gain tools to make a significant impact on your organization.

Program content:

Day 1 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Leadership Styles

  • Discover Your Behavioral Style of Leadership
  • Understand the Style of Your Team Members
  • Effective Team Leadership = Reduced Stress, Higher Productivity
  • Leadership Examples

Explore Current Leadership Development Tools

  • The Role of the Leader, the Follower, and the Situation
  • Aligning the Roles
  • Additional Leadership Tools and Methods

Leadership Case/Application – Analysis & Results

Day 2 –  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Strategic Management Process Map

  •   Determining a Firm’s Competitive Advantage
  •   Methods/Tools to Effectively Analyze a Firm’s Strategy and the Competition’s Strategy

Strategic Leadership

  •   Management vs. Leadership – the Difference Matters
  •   The Role of Leadership in Strategy

Strategic Leadership Case/Application – Analysis & Results

Strategic Leadership Applied to Your Company

  •   Takeaways for Application to Your Firm
  •   Q&A

 About the Instructor

2013 Porter Photo smallerRobert L. Porter, Ph. D.

Robert L. Porter, PhD, is an accomplished leader in business development and implementing strategic leadership. He earned his PhD at UCF’s College of Business Administration Department of Management, his MBA is from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, and he completed his Bachelor of Engineering at UCF.His research, teaching, and consulting focus on Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

Prior to joining academe, he enjoyed an illustrious career with General Electric, NCR Power Systems, and AT&T, along with numerous start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures. Dr. Porter is a faculty member in the UCF Department of Management and teaches in UCF’s Executive & Professional MBA programs. He is also the Executive Director of the UCF Executive Development Center.

Past Participants’ Testimonials

“All leaders need an opportunity to recharge their leadership & decision making skills. This class is a great opportunity to fill that need.”

Matt McGinnis, VP Operations, Nautique Boats

“The UCF Strategic Leadership class provided me with techniques to improve my strategic thinking of complex relationships between the organization and its environment.” – Bill Causey, Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation

“The Strategic Leadership workshop was an incredible experience that provided a great platform for me to become a more effective leader and think more strategically. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in growing their capability to lead and manage a team or a business.” – Gary Stafford, Partnership Director, Ultimate Staffing Company

“I recommend the two day Strategic leadership workshop to any current manager/leader or individual who is moving into a leadership role to gain simple yet highly effective tools to succeed and grow within an organization.” – Rodney Gutierrez, Director of Sales, Orange County Convention Center

“Strategic Leadership was one of the greatest courses I have attended in the last 20 years. The most productive part of the course was the case study for groups of attendees.” – John Garcia, Business Manager, Conpilog Int. Co.

Registration Options

Program Fees

$750 for one participant ~  early-bird pricing of $650 available until 1 month prior to workshop date

Enrollment includes two days of highly interactive sessions, all course materials, plus breakfasts, lunches, refreshment breaks and adjoining parking. The program will be held at the UCF Executive Development Center, 36 West Pine Street, Downtown Orlando.

Get 10% off for 3 or more attendees from the same organization registered at the same time and 20% off for 6 or more attendees from the same organization. Use coupon code 3ormore10% or 6orMore20% in our online registration system.

Discounts for UCF Alumni and UCF Faculty members available.


Cancellation Policy

All payments must be received in full two weeks prior to the program start. UCF will grant an 80% refund for cancellations made two or more weeks prior to the start of the program. For cancellations made within two weeks prior to the start of the program, a 50% refund will be granted. There is no refund if you withdraw after the start of the program. Substitute participants will be accepted up to the start of the workshop.


The dress code is business casual, jeans are welcome. Our meeting rooms can be very cool, so you may wish to bring a light sweater or jacket.

Parking and Accommodations


We have arranged FREE PARKING for conference participants in the 55 West Garage (click here for directions). For UCF’s EDC to validate your parking, you must park at the55 WEST GARAGE, which is located directly next door to the UCF Executive Development Center on Pine Street (a block east of Interstate-4 and just to the west of the EDC). Entrance to/exit from the garage is via West Pine Street (again, please see directions). We recommend parking on the 4th or 5th floor of the garage, taking the elevator down, then exiting to the right. Pine Street is just a few steps away. Take a right, and UCF’s EDC is immediately next door. Please note that we will validate your parking each day via stickers available at our front desk.


Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee.  We recommend the following hotels in walking distance or within a short shuttle ride from our Center.

Grand Bohemian

Grand Bohemian Hotel – Downtown Orlando

325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 313-9000


Embassy SuitesEmbassy Suites Orlando

191 E. Pine Street, Orlando, Florida 32801

Phone: (800) 809-9708


Aloft Downtown Orlando
Aloft Orlando Downtown

500 South Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-380-3500


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