Leadership Development

Leadership Excellence at UTMB

Leadership Excellence is designed to develop UTMB's leaders to effectively dialogue around high-stakes topics, hold others accountable and remove barriers to change. This series incorporates research-based training from VitalSmarts, ranked among the top 20 global leadership consultancies, recognized for their work in leadership, influence and innovation.

Leadership Excellence consists of:

  • VitalsSmarts Crucial Conversations
  • VitalSmarts Crucial Accountability
  • VitalSmarts Influencer

Investing in Employees

When used in combination, these courses enable organizations to achieve new levels of performance by changing employee behavior. Organizations around the world have turned to Influencer, Crucial Conversations, and Crucial Accountability training to improve bottom-line results in:

  • Productivity and quality
  • Teamwork and relationships
  • Performance
  • Efficiency
  • Employee turnover
  • Process improvement
  • Revenue growth
  • Compliance

Managing the New Normal—Changing Complexities

Leaders who take part in these courses will embark on a very powerful learning experience supported by decades of research. It is mission-critical that we create new pathways for our leaders’ self-development to ensure organizational success. 


UTMB-Crucial Conversations Leadership Development

VitalSmarts Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of the organization.

By learning how to speak and be heard and encouraging others to do the same, you will:

  • Surface the best ideas
  • Make the highest-quality decisions
  • Act on your decisions with unity and commitment
  • Manage and resolve conflict

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."—George Bernard Shaw


VitalSmarts Crucial Accountability

VitalSmarts’ research shows that when people see accountability as “someone else’s job” they waste time, resources and morale. Specifically, employees waste $1,500 and an eight-hour workday for every accountability discussion they avoid. This course is beneficial for people in roles across the entire organization, and the skills learned include:

  • Hold anyone accountable
  • Master performance discussions
  • Motivate others without use of power
  • Manage projects without taking over
  • Move to action

“Crucial Accountability showed management how to stop avoiding conflict and helped them recognize that holding other accountable is healthy.”—Ardie Harrison, VP HR, Dallas Housing Authority

UTMB Crucial Accountability Leadership Development

UTMB VitalSmarts Influencer Leadership Development

VitalSmarts Influencer

Whether you’re managing a team of 10 or leading a large organization, Influencer Training provides the skills needed to change the behavior of others. The course is also highly effective for those without formal authority as well as emerging leaders. This training provides skills to:

  • Identify the high-leverage behaviors you should focus on
  • Diagnose the real causes behind behavior problems
  • Effectively motivate and enable others—regardless of formal authority
  • Create behavior-change strategies that yield rapid, lasting results

"Leadership is intentional influence."—Joseph Grenny


Contact:    hremprel@utmb.edu      (409) 772-8696       HR Business Partner and Employee Relations Advisor Department List