The art and science of leadership is all about change—change in leaders, followers, teams, organizations, nations, and the world. The Master of Leadership Development (MLD) degree at Penn State Great Valley helps students to foster positive change and develop leadership potential in themselves and others.
The 36-credit program considers leadership across the lifespan, from early career through retirement, including parenting and community service as well as leadership in the corporate and not-for-profit realms. We employ a multidisciplinary approach stressing social responsibility, ethics, creativity and innovation, global mindset, and most importantly, the value of the individual.
Our program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the highest ranking a business school program can receive.
Benefits to Students
A degree in leadership development provides students with the competencies and actionable behaviors that can be readily applied in their professional and personal lives. Cutting-edge, evidence-based information is shared in an interactive, collaborative learning environment. Skill sets targeted for development include:
- Character strengths and virtues, using the tools of the Gallup Organization
- Ethical and moral reasoning
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- Strategic thinking and argumentation
- Inspirational communication
- Innovation, creativity, and change
- Team building and diversity leadership, consistent with the Diversity Leadership Academy
- Organizational power and politics
Benefits to Organizations
Our program provides the organizations sponsoring our students with the potential benefits of transformational leadership by fostering adaptability and responsiveness to changes in markets necessary for productivity and profitability, broadening collective skill sets for generating more creative solutions to problems, and challenging and developing people to be both professionally and personally fulfilled.