BenU program trains managers for executive-level leadership

September 28, 2017

With a world-class curriculum, mentoring and a global exchange, our students are better prepared for the future of business

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University’s new Executive Master of Science (M.S.) in Values-Driven Leadership program not only teaches managers the skills needed for executive leadership in today’s complex business environment, it offers some very specific training not found in most graduate business programs.

“To advance professionally requires a different skill set now,” said Jim Ludema, Ph.D., professor of Global Leadership and co-founder of the University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership. “Technical skill and knowing the right people used to be enough to move ahead. Now, leaders need a global mindset, the strategic ability to drive change and a strong moral compass. Our program develops that capacity and helps leaders elevate their careers.”

The 18-month M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership program is launching its first cohort in January. The program is offered in a hybrid format combining online classes with three short residencies to deepen learning. This makes it easy for students to fit the program into a busy professional life. The curriculum focuses on developing strategic leadership capacity to help students advance careers and equip themselves for senior leadership roles.

Program instructors include José DelaCerda-Gastelum, Ph.D., dean of ITESO University in Gudalajara, Mexico; and Tina Huesing, Ph.D., a German native living in Auckland, New Zealand, where she leads a consulting firm.

“Business is increasingly complex,” Ludema said. “To succeed in leadership roles, you are required to be able to navigate cross-cultural challenges and build more universal strategies. Our curriculum develops these skills and is taught by accomplished faculty who are also seasoned global executives. This opens up, quite literally, a world of opportunity for our students.”

Global leadership competencies are applied through an international exchange trip which offers students an opportunity to learn from and network with scholars and business leaders in other cultural contexts.

The curriculum also includes learning experiences, such as the industry-leading Hogan Leadership Assessments and regular sessions with a certified professional coach who will help students integrate and apply what they learn to their personal development and initiatives at work.

“We can teach many of the executive level skills you need to advance to the C-Suite, but embodying that leadership ability is a personal experience,” Ludema said.

Students must have at least eight years of management experience and be on the path to an executive position. This degree program can cross into careers in multiple settings including business, government, nonprofit and education.

For more information about the Executive M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership program, visit or contact (877) 353-9622 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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