The Student Leadership Program (SLP) is a broad-based, experiential series of workshops available to current University of Waterloo students (undergraduate and graduate).
The program has been designed so that all students can participate regardless of whether they are currently in a leadership role. The purpose of these workshops is to explore and enhance your leadership capabilities, and to help you gain knowledge and develop skills in leadership on campus and within the community.
- Workshops are free to any current UWaterloo student (you must be registered in the term)
- You can complete the 12 workshops in any order and at your own pace throughout your university career
- By completing all 12 workshops, you are eligible to receive an E-Certificate
- This program does not qualify for university credit
There are 12 workshops offered within the Student Leadership Certificate Program (SLP), each taught by a UWaterloo student facilitator that has completed the program.
Out of respect for our facilitators and participants, the Student Leadership Program upholds a strict no-late policy for workshops. If you arrive after the workshop has begun, you will be required to complete the workshop at a later date.
Leadership has been described as "evolving self-discovery" – we learn leadership through experience, feedback, reflection, role models, theory and discovering our passions and goals. Within this session leadership will be explored as a capacity that all members within a group possess.
- Leadership theories and their evolution
- Self-assessment and principles of leadership
- Discovering your passions and setting extreme goals
How do you approach a situation that is new to you or make decisions? Personality Dimensions ® (PD) is a self-discovery process which helps to explain what motivates behaviour in people with different personalities.
In this workshop, you can expect to:
- Complete the PD® temperament self-assessment tool
- Discover what's great about you and others
- Gain a new appreciation for differences
- Improve your interpersonal communications
What does "global citizen" mean to you? This workshop will explore thinking globally and appreciating cultural diversity - factors important for future leaders and their ability to adapt to the ever-changing and challenging work/team environment.
In this workshop, you can expect to set goals and connect to resources available at the University of Waterloo to discover more opportunities to enhance your global intelligence.
Commitment to a shared vision or goal. Open and honest communication. Mutual respect and trust.
Most would agree that these are all qualities and characteristics of an effective team - but what if team members are new? What leadership style is needed?
This workshop will look at:
- Principles of teamwork and collaboration
- Stages of group development
- Leadership action plan for team development
Leadership requires us to connect with others and every leader has their distinct way of adapting their communication. Do you have a variety of communication and leadership styles?
In this workshop, you will:
- Explore and evaluate the different communication and leadership styles
- Learn which style you use most commonly in certain situations
- Delve into authentic listening
- Learn the value of building trust and asking smart questions
What key elements make a speaker connect with an audience? Have you been in a situation where you have practiced and practiced what you were going to say and then felt after your presentation you hadn't related well to the audience? What's up?
Establishing how you are going to say something is just as important — and it is the first step to becoming an authentic speaker. Public speaking skills are important for all members of a team; leaders and followers.
The art of connecting and listening to your audience will be explored in this workshop, in addition to learning some communication patterns that you can practice within the clubs, groups and teams you're involved with.
Ever shy away from a situation involving conflict? Unsure how best to handle the situation? Worried that the situation will escalate and get out of control?
Conflict doesn't always have to be destructive. Conflicts can be opportunities to generate growth and strengthen relationships when approached in the right way.
In this workshop you will:
- Identify and understand conflict management styles
- Explore your key strengths in conflict management
- Focus on constructive conflict resolution strategies and behaviours
- Learn about "seeing two perspectives"
Many, many, many hours are spent in meetings - how can your meetings build relationships and achieve results?
In this workshop you'll gain insight into the:
- Components of an effective team meeting
- Roles within a team - productive and unproductive
- Steps to plan a meeting and set an agenda
- Strategies to increase participation within your meetings
How does the power of diversity create better groups/teams? How are diversity and motivation linked? The purpose of this workshop is to explore these questions:
- What are the necessary elements to create and sustain a motivating environment?
- What are some characteristics and/or actions that define people who are motivating?
- Does motivation come from within you or does motivation come from the group environment that is created?
Why is creativity important? Are some people "born" creative, while others are not? What's the difference (or similarity) between creativity and innovation?
By the end of this workshop, you will have the ability to:
- Understand the four stages of the creative process
- Utilize the SCAMPER to help create new ideas
- Identify different strategies to increase your creative potential
What qualities make the best leader? Have you ever wanted to be the type of leader others admire? Learn how to develop your credibility and your authentic leadership potential.
In this workshop, you'll explore:
- Your personal credibility through self-assessment
- Leading with integrity and authenticity
- How word choices, actions and avoidances influence personal credibility
- Qualities of admired leaders
Ensuring sustainable leadership is the key to the long-term success of any club, group or organization. How adequately is your group prepared to fill existing or potential future vacancies in leadership? Are current members prepared to transition smoothly into a variety of roles and responsibilities? Do current leaders mentor others and "give away leadership" to ensure the success of the club/group for the future?
This workshop will look at:
- Strategies for succession planning
- Core competencies of leadership - how are they developed and demonstrated
- Key elements involved in leadership transition