Master of Science in Executive Leadership & Organizational Change



According to the Hay Group's Leadership 2030 research, "Leaders of the future will need to be adept conceptual and strategic thinkers, have deep integrity and intellectual openness, find new ways to create loyalty, lead increasingly diverse and independent teams over which they may not always have direct authority, relinquish their own power in favor of collaborative approches inside and outside the organization" (Hay Group, 2011).  The forward-looking MS in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change (ELOC) program was created in 2006 to help meet these leadership challenges.

Since 2006, we have had a highly motivated and exceptionally talented students from diverse professional fields, industries, and geographical locations. (e.g., Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Florida).

As you go through our website, you will recognize that our program is based on values such as being adult learner-centered, outcome-based, and value-added.

We are excited to offer this program, and we look forward to hearing from current and future leaders who want to make an impact in their organizations and community.

Dr. Kenneth S. Rhee


Can This Manager Be Saved?
By Shelly Whitehead

Feature In July 2014, by Dr. Tracey Sigler

Are they emotionally intelligent?

This is a very big question, too, and really breaks down to an individual's self-knowledge, as well as understanding and empathy for others.  The thinking is that only those with thorough self-knowledge can be truly capable of understanding and managing themselves and others.

It is such an important factor in quality leadership, in fact, that it is the foundation of Northern Kentucky University's master's program in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change (ELOC), according to NKU Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business Associate Professor of Management Tracey Sigler, Ph.D.

ELOC "students take a lot of different assessments to gauge their abilities to manager or control themselves," she said.  "This is about being aware of when they have strong emotions and managing those emotions - whether they can manage themselves.

"Another component of this is being aware of others' emotions and being able to read people, including other employees or customers, and being able to empathize and be...attuned to what they're experiencing.  Then, it's also being able to use that knowledge and adapt that to what's going on whith you and your employees, which also ties back to honest and integrity." Read the full article.

Dr. Tracey Sigler
Associate Professor