Leadership Essentials

The Leadership Essentials program is a comprehensive series of synchronous and asynchronous workshops aimed at developing and enhancing the essential leadership skills of supervisors and managers of people.  Taken over the course of one year participants will experience peer to peer leadership development and enhance their capabilities to lead by: 

  • Developing a self-awareness of their individual leadership style
  • Applying their leadership style to a variety of team and relationships/engagement experiences
  • Gaining an understanding of University policies, procedures, values, and resources 
  • Developing effective leadership communication skills 
  • Adapting their leadership style to address team challenges and organizational issues
  • Developing a supportive network of colleagues through peer to peer mentorship opportunities
  • Building leadership capabilities that can create and sustain positive work environments that embrace innovation and transformation with genuine care and well-being for all. 

Supporting managers participate actively in the program by attending the manager sessions and providing opportunities for participants to apply the learning in the workplace. 

Participant Profile

Participant Profile: This program is targeted to non-academic and academic employees who are looking to develop their “People Leadership” capabilities, those who are new to supervision or management of full-time or contract employees (less than 3 years’ experience), and/or those with formal leadership responsibilities who accomplish tasks and goals through their teams.  

Application and Selection Process

Upon meeting the Participant Profile criteria, applications will be reviewed and selected to reflect a cross-section of job roles and departments/units across the university in the event the program is oversubscribed. All applicants will be notified of their placement status. Applicants who are not selected may apply to future program offerings.


Participant Commitment:

Participation in the full program is mandatory

  • Attend the 1.5-hour orientation session on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 9:30-11:00am

  • Attend and actively participate in the full program (all online synchronous and asynchronous sessions and in-person events

  • 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 reflection and program evaluation

Supporting Manager Commitment:

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 | 9:30-11:30am

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

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

  • Complete end-of-program reflection and program evaluation 


Learning Pathways & Topics:

(*Please note, all In-Person Landing Events are subject to change in response to a change in government regulations, Public Health Guidelines and/or University policy.) 

Values Informed Leadership Development Framework

Application for the 2023 offering of this program will open in December 2022.



Contact Information:

JOHN FEDY 
Manager, Leadership Development
Organizational &
Human Development
jafedy@uwaterloo.ca
Ext. 43099 | East Campus 1

GITANJALI SHANBHAG 
Learning and Development Specialist
Organizational &
Human Development
gshanbhag@uwaterloo.ca
Ext. 40771 | East Campus 1

 

Leadership Essentials 2022 Program Schedule

 

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