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, cases 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.

Program Outline 2017 - 2018

Please read the following important information on the Leadership Essentials program. 

Participant Commitment:

Participation in the full program is mandatory

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session |  Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 1:30-3:00 PM, MC 5501

  • Attend and actively participate in the full program (nine full-day modules (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) over one year). See modules for the dates.

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

  • Read, reflect,  and prepare for each session (including 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 | Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 1:30-3:00 PM, Location MC 5501

  • Attend and participate actively in four 2-hour manager sessions over the course of one year:

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Opportunity to attend half-day University Resources session (see Module #2 for details)

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

  • Complete end of program written report due Friday April, 27, 2018

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:



Leadership Development Guide

Applications Open:
FEBRUARY 1, 2017

Application Close:
MARCH 6, 2017

Contact Information:

Organizational &
Human Development
Ext. 33099 | MC 4052

Key Dates:

  • Orientation: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 1:30-3:00 PM

  • Three individual meetings at key intervals throughout the program (dates/times to be confirmed)

  • Final Report due: April 27, 2018

  • Celebration Ceremony: Early Spring 2018 (date/time to be confirmed)


Personal copies of books given to each participant and supporting manager:

  • The Truth About Employee Engagement (formerly known as Three Signs of a Miserable Job), Patrick Lencioni, 2007

  • Humble Inquiry, Edgar H. Schein, 2013

  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, 2010

  • Other books, readings, articles as assigned

Frequently asked 
Program Questions

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