Executive Master of Leadership Blog

Susan Gautsch

Director of Online Learning at USC Price School of Public Policy
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My Executive Master of Leadership Experience: Capt. Nicholas Pattitsas

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 10, 2019 9:28:33 AM / by Susan Gautsch posted in Leadership Journey


I reported to USC in the summer of 2018 for my job with the Navy ROTC program and immediately started looking at programs that I could take to continue to develop myself and my professional career. Nothing, stuck out until I realized that I needed something that was broad enough and relevant enough to my position and my current life. As a father of 2 young children, leadership stuck out so I went for the opportunity.

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The Executive Leadership Cohort: Your Personal Board of Advisors

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2019 11:32:44 AM / by Susan Gautsch posted in Cohort-Based Learning, Leadership Development

"Surround yourself with good people; surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better."

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How Much Work is an Executive Master of Leadership Degree?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2019 7:19:00 AM / by Susan Gautsch posted in Applying to Graduate School, Leadership Development


With 40 to 80 hour work weeks, countless business trips, responsibilities with kids, maintaining a marriage, and staying fit, many mid-to-senior level managers are overwhelmed as is, and the mere thought of taking on extra responsibilities can seem like a burden in itself.

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The Value of Leadership Development: Students Share their Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2019 11:56:43 AM / by Susan Gautsch posted in Leadership Development


Although going back to school can seem like a hassle, once students start the Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program, they find immense value. By working on themselves, investing in others, and integrating new perspectives, they become invaluable assets to their organization.

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What You’ll Learn in USC's Executive Master of Leadership Program

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 10:08:00 AM / by Susan Gautsch posted in Applying to Graduate School, Leadership Development



Throughout history humans have always paid homage to our leaders, from hieroglyphs giving reverence to ancient Egyptian pharaohs to holidays honoring US presidents. This is for good reason; without leaders we’d be lost when adapting to change, creating innovations, and effectively settling disputes. As the tides of culture and technology rapidly shift in the 21st century, leadership skills are now more sought after than ever.

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