Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials is a comprehensive program aimed at developing and enhancing the essential leadership skills of supervisors and managers.  The program consists of nine full-day modules taken over the course of one year. The sessions involve hands-on activities, case studies, readings and group discussion followed by reinforcement and transitional exercises.  Supporting managers participate actively in the program by attending the manager sessions and providing opportunities for participants to apply the learning on the job. 

Participant Profile

This program is targeted to non-academic and academic employees who are new to supervision or management (less than 3 years’ experience) or those in the role for several years without formal courses in leadership and management. 

Workshop Themes

The themes of this program include: focus on understanding University policies and resources, communication, managing the work of others, feedback, emotional intelligence, conflict, and team dynamics.

Participant Commitment:

Participation in the full program is mandatory

  • Attend the 1.5-hour orientation session

  • Attend and actively participate in the full program (nine modules over one year

  • Participate in three individual meetings (1-hour in length) with a program facilitator

  • Read, reflect,  and prepare for each session (including online self-directed learning and transition work)

  • Set personal and team goals

  • Work with your supporting manager and team to reinforce and practice learning within the workplace

  • Seek feedback from all stakeholders

  • Complete end-of-program written report

Supporting Manager Commitment:

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session

  • Attend and participate actively in several 1.5-hour manager sessions over the course of one year:

  • Support, coach, reinforce learning and provide participant with opportunities to practice within the workplace

  • Complete end of program written report 

Benefits and Outcomes:

  • Gain understanding of University policies, procedures, values, and resources

  • Develop effective communication skills

  • Learn how to successfully manage the work of others, recognize, motivate, lead, and coach

  • Enable better understanding of who you are and how you influence those around you

  • Understand conflict management styles, early intervention strategies, and conflict resolution

  • Develop effective team dynamics

  • Network, share knowledge, and learn from colleagues from other departments across the university

Modules & Topics:



The 2020 cohort of the Leadership Essentials program has begun.

The program is under review and applications will become available in September 2021.

Contact Information:

Learning and Development Specialist
Organizational &
Human Development
Ext. 43099 | MC 4052

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