Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations provides experienced supervisors, managers, and associate/assistant directors with ongoing foundation of leadership learning and development.  The program consists of four 2-day clusters taken over seven-nine months. The in-class 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 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, Aligning to the Vision of the Organization, and Performance Coaching.  

Program Outline 

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

Participant Commitment

Participation in the full program is mandatory

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session | Thursday March 22, 2018 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM (Location TBD)
  • Attend and actively participate in the full program | Four 2-day (8:30 am-4:30pm) 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 11, 2019

Supporting Manager Commitment:

  • Attend the 1.5 hour orientation session | Thursday March 22, 2018 | 1:30 -3:00 PM (Location TBD)
  • Attend and participate actively in four  2-hour  manager sessions over the course of several months :
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Support, coach, reinforce learning, and provide participant with opportunities to practice within the workplace
  • Managers will be invited to a round table session on the afternoon of September 20, 2017 (optional)
  • Managers are invited to attend the November 21 & 22, 2017 Performance Coaching workshops (would need full commitment of dates and times 8:30 am – 4:30 pm both days). This is optional.
  • Complete end of program written report. Due: Friday December 23, 2017

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

Application Close:
March 6, 2018


Contact Information:

Assistant Director
Organizational &
Human Development
Ext. 38258 | MC 4053

Key Dates:

  • Orientation: Monday March 22, 2018 (1:30-3:00 am)- Location TBD
  • One-on-one meetings: one meeting following each module (dates/times to be confirmed by facilitator)
  • Final Report due: Jan 11, 2019
  • Celebration Ceremony:  (date/time to be confirmed)


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