Leadership Development

"If you lead effectively, the things you strive to do but cannot possibly accomplish by yourself, like discovering a cure for cancer, can and will be achieved."

- Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann


UCSF’s 2014/2015 Plan maps out what the University must accomplish in order to be successful in the years ahead. One of the cornerstones of the plan is a focus on UCSF’s most valuable resource, its people, to achieve its mission of advancing health worldwide and enacting its vision of being the world’s pre-eminent health sciences innovator.

As part of this strategic commitment, the Leadership Development Initiative ensures organizational success through focused and ongoing development of current and future leaders. A core part of this initiative, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed to enhance current leadership capacity and to create a diverse pipeline of future senior leaders.

The program is now in its fourth year. Since the program began in the fall of 2008, 226 emerging, middle and senior managers have graduated from the program. 29% of participants from the first two years of the program were subsequently promoted into positions of greater responsibility and/or authority. Of the highest performing top 10% of campus MSP supervisors and managers, in terms of their 2011 staff engagement scores, 52% were program alumni. 93% of program participants and their managers (who responded to the 3rd year online program evaluation) noted significant improvement in the key development areas of collaboration, communication, leading change, strategic planning/decision-making, and team building/staff development.

Significant improvement was also noted, by respondents, in program participants’ ability to advance teamwork, drive productivity and create better outcomes. To read more about program outcomes, please review the Program Evaluation and Return on Investment Report. The successes of the first year’s program are highlighted in an article by Leadership Institute alumnae Lisa Cisneros.