Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations provides experienced supervisors, managers, and associate/assistant directors with an ongoing foundation of leadership learning and development.  The program consists of four 2-day clusters taken between April and December. The in-class sessions involve hands-on activities, cases studies, readings, and group discussion, followed by reinforcement and transitional exercises.

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

Participant Profile

This program is targeted to non-academic and academic employees in leadership roles who manage teams (at least 3 years’ experience). 

Workshop Themes

The themes of this program include Personal Leadership, Building Strong Working Relationships, Performance Coaching, and Aligning to the Vision of the Organization.  

Participant Commitment

Participation in the full program is mandatory

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session | March 26, 2019 | 9:30 - 11:00 am (MC5501)
  • Attend and actively participate in the full program | Four 2-day (8:45 am-4:30 pm) clusters over several months 
  • Participate in four  individual meetings (1-hour in length) with a program facilitator
  • Read, reflect, and prepare for each session
  • Set personal and team goals
  • Work with supporting manager and team to reinforce and practice learning within the workplace
  • Complete end of program written report. Due: January 2020

Supporting Manager Commitment:

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session | March 26, 2019 | 9:30 - 11:00 am (MC5501)
  • Attend and actively participate in four  2-hour  manager sessions over the course of several months :
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Support, coach, reinforce learning, and provide participants with opportunities to practice within the workplace
  • Invited to a round table session with senior leaders as part of the module in December. Details will follow. This session is optional for the Supporting Managers.
  • Invited to attend the October 1 & 2, 2019, Coaching for High Performance workshop (would need full commitment of dates and times 8:45 am – 4:30 pm both days). This sessions is optional for the Supporting Managers.
  • Complete end of program written report. Details and due date to follow. 

Benefits and Outcomes:

  • Learn how to effectively lead different working and learning styles in a constantly changing environment
  • Explore roles as  coach, communicator, delegator, mentor, change agent, and team member
  • Establish and build credibility within your team and across the University
  • Enable better understanding of who you are and how you influence those around you
  • Network, share knowledge, and learn from colleagues from other departments across the university

Modules & Topics

Leadership Development Guide

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Supporting Manager Application

Applications Close:
March 7, 2019


Contact Information:

Organizational &
Human Development
Ext. 30240 | MC 4051B

Key Dates:

  • Orientation: March 26, 2019 (9:30-11:00 am) - MC5501
  • One-on-one meetings: one meeting following each module (dates/times to be confirmed by facilitator)
  • Final Report due: January 2020
  • Celebration Ceremony: January 2020


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

  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith, 2007
  • Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, 2005
  • Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard, Dan and Chip Heath, 2010
  • Other books, readings, articles as assigned

Frequently asked 
Program Questions


Check out Leadership Essentials