About the Center

TECO Energy LogoDeveloping high performing leaders for the 21st-century enterprise requires more than a new skill set, it requires a new mindset. The Center for Leadership – endowed by TECO Energy Inc., – is one of the nation's most innovative leadership development initiatives. Our programs are designed to provide transformative learning experiences for individuals and organizations pursuing sustainable business excellence.

The Center for Leadership provides both undergraduate- and graduate-level leadership courses and the Leadership Speaker Series. The speaker series is an opportunity for students, faculty, alumni and the community to meet with leaders who candidly share their experiences, discuss challenges which have impacted their leadership development and provide advice to aspiring leaders.

Launched in October 2010, the speaker series featured Lt. Gen. David Fridovich, who spoke about effective leadership lessons learned during his career as a Special Forces Leader; Herman Mulder, a recognized leader in development and “green” financing; Steve Griggs, chief operating officer of Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, LLC; Matt Silverman, president of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Louise Léger, Canadian Consul General in Miami.

The Center for Leadership also provides a variety of workshops and seminars designed to assess and develop leadership skills. Recent topics have included Legal Issues in Human Resource Management; An Economic Framework for Thinking about Sustainability; The Business Case for Sustainability; Financial Sustainability and Derivatives; Behavioral Economics for Business Leaders; and Effective Strategies in the New Normal.

The undergraduate leadership minor and the leadership practicum for the Sykes College of Business graduate programs are coordinated by the Center for Leadership. Through the practicum, graduate students are able to tailor a part of their MBA program to meet their specific development needs. Sample practicum opportunities include leadership coaching, internships and collaborative projects with faculty members.

There are more than 100 graduate students enrolled in practicum for the spring/ fall semester. The center also delivers executive education courses for businesses throughout the Tampa Bay region. The programs improve leadership skills by introducing the latest concepts in finance, marketing and strategy. Biannually, the center publishes its Tampa Bay Leadership Review, a newsletter designed to create a link between the Center for Leadership and the business community and to disseminate knowledge in the field of business leadership.



Mission 
The Mission of the Center for Leadership is to create and sustain high performance leaders for today and tomorrow. Our goals are: 
  • To be a catalyst and facilitator of continuous learning for Tampa Bay's leaders
  • To be recognized as the focal point of leadership research, training and assessment within the greater Tampa Bay community
  • To provide an on-going leadership experience with the UT MBA program

View a flowchart of the Center for Leadership's strategic plan.