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“Direct Thyself”: Self-Management Skills for Self-Leadership

Faced with a challenging work life, many people simply cope. But ‘making the best of it’ seldom allows us to do our best. Effective self-management is essential for professionals who wish to do their best, lead themselves and lead others, and is a foundation of setting and achieving valuable, fulfilling goals. This workshop is for the professional who understands that their own self-management is both beneficial and right at hand.

Fall 2016: October 13 -14, 2016
Winter 2017: February 23-24, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: McGill downtown campus
Fee: $895.00 CAD plus applicable taxes
Alumni fee: $761.00 CAD plus applicable taxes

PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 14 (0.00 Technical, 14.00 Leadership, 0.00 Strategic)


This workshop begins your progress from a demanding work life to where you can begin understanding and practicing the primary elements of self-leadership. Self-management will be surveyed as an outcome of self-awareness and as an introduction to leading others effectively, with an eye to fostering your own exceptional performance at work and in life.

Who Should Attend

Professionals: individual contributors or those who lead others, with a focus on those who have recently begun leading/managing (first-line managers, mid-managers who have risen to the next hierarchical level of leadership responsibility, etc.).


At the end of this course the participant is able to:

  • Evaluate your preferences, strengths and values.
  • Understand and apply crucial elements of personal prioritization and time and stress management to your professional and personal lives.
  • Recognize how motivation can play a role in your own self-management.
  • Create self-motivating strategies to increase effectiveness.
  • Know the basic issues of communication to manage the relationships around you.
  • Produce your own personal development plan to advance your own self-management/self-leadership goals.

Topics Covered

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self-awareness (preferences and values)
  • Prioritization and time management
  • Stress management
  • Self-development and self-motivation
  • Communication issues
  • Goal-setting


James Hunter, BA, M.Phil, McGill GDM (Leadership), CPCC
James Beatty Hunter is a coach and a consultant in leadership development, working with individuals and organizations to advance their leadership learning needs and goals. He holds the CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) certification from CTI (Coaches Training Institute) of San Rafael, California and is positioned to receive ACC accreditation from the International Coach Federation.  He is also certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (Step I & II).
James is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.) and the University of Oxford (MPhil), as well as McGill University, where he received his Graduate Diploma in Management (Leadership). He has worked in leadership development and management consultancy in the real estate, telecommunications, civil aviation, and education industries.
James is the principal of Prodaio Leadership, a firm dedicated to advancing the development of leadership knowledge and skills, building and delivering solutions in individual and organizational efficacy and achievement. He is also an Affiliate Coach with BeyondTheTheory, an international coaching and leadership development firm based in the UK and Canada.
James teaches graduate level courses “Leadership Theory and Practice” and “Developing Leadership Skills” at the McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Individual Coaching Sessions

Need more guidance and support? Why not book coaching sessions?
A series of individual coaching sessions in a confidential one-on-one setting is one of the most effective ways to reinforce and to support the transfer of learning from the classroom to the workplace and/or personal life.

What is coaching?
The International Coach Federation defines coaching as a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is a professional relationship in which an individual gets support in achieving a specific personal, professional or organizational goal through an open dialogue with a trusted partner. Coaching is task-oriented and performance-driven.

Your coaching package consists of:
- Five coaching sessions over a period of six months:
- Session 1 (30 mins): This initial session will be aimed at discussing your needs, challenges and desired goals, as well as, setting a schedule and format for future sessions.
- Session 2 (60 mins): Will deal with applying the learning to specific leadership challenges you are currently facing.
- Sessions 3 + 4: (60 mins each) - These sessions are designed to discuss results achieved on initial goals, any obstacles encountered, setting subsequent goals and, identifying any further support required.
- Session 5 (30 mins) - This final session will bring closure to the coaching relationship with a review of results and final recommendations.

Please note: Coaching sessions can take place by Skype, phone or web-conferencing. You will be able to discuss and agree on a specific schedule and format of the sessions directly with your coach.
Fees: $1,200 ($300 x 4 hours) per person per workshop. Additional 1-hour sessions will be charged at $350/hour + taxes

Click here to register for individual Coaching Sessions

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca