Developing Leadership Capability in the Corporate Aviation Function

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Become a more effective leader in the corporate aviation field.

Developing Leadership Capability in the Corporate Aviation Function helps participants improve their leadership, think more strategically and create high-performing service operations.

Program Overview

Strengthen your ability to influence your direct reports, while gaining the broad strategic and operational perspective necessary to lead the corporate aviation function. In partnership with the National Business Aviation Association, this program applies leadership, strategy and operations to the challenges and realities of the aviation function.


Chief pilots or executives with aviation department responsibilities.


Darden Professor James G. Clawson

James G. Clawson

Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration
A teacher of leadership and organizational behavior for more than three decades, Clawson is frequently cited by former students for delivering some of the most influential courses of their Darden careers - and one Darden alumnus named a classroom in his honor. Clawson formerly worked as a trainer for Mobil Oil Company in Japan and as an international banking officer for Wells Fargo Bank. He remains an active consultant. His numerous publications include the books Level Three Leadership: Getting Below the Surface, Balancing Your Life: Executive Lessons for Work, Family and Self and Powered by Feel: How Individuals, Teams and Companies Excel. Clawson holds a DBA from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Brigham Young University, a B.A. from Stanford University and a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.

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Darden Professor Mark E. Haskins

Mark E. Haskins

Professor of Business Administration
Haskins has designed and delivered executive education programs for such clients as IBM, INTELSAT, MCI, Coopers & Lybrand, Aetna Insurance, Norfolk Southern Railroad, AES Corporation, Rolls Royce NA, Harris Corporation, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. Professor Haskins has taught executives in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States. He is author of The Secret Language of Financial Reports (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and coauthor of Teaching Management: A Field Guide for Professors, Consultants and Corporate Trainers (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Participant or faculty member quote

"This program establishes a conduit between the corporate hangar and the corporate headquarters."

Aviation Services and Budget Coordinator
Textron Inc.

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Key Takeaways

  • Use current models of the strategic thinking process to develop a strategic agenda.
  • Explore the key elements of leadership, such as building high-performance teams and managing change.
  • Acquire tools and techniques for systems analysis and improvement.
  • Create and sustain superior performance and increase productivity.
  • Strengthen negotiation skills to communicate more effectively with corporate management and to develop more cohesive teams.


  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • High-Performance Service Operations
  • Mastering the Change Process
  • Personal Planning Workshop
  • Strategic Thinking


  • Case discussions
  • Opportunity for one-on-one interaction with and feedback from top-ranked faculty who are experts in management and other areas
  • Time for individual reflection/development of a personal action plan - so that knowledge learned is immediately related to individual roles, functions and companies

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  • Course Information

    27-30 October 2015

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    $8,550 covers materials, meals and Inn at Darden accommodations. 

    NBAA Member Discount
    Receive a 10 percent fee reduction

    Managers with significant aviation responsibilities

    Gain one week of credit toward a Certificate of Specialization

    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Additional Information:
    +1-434-924-3000 or contact the program director