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Emerging Leaders Program:
A Suite of Leadership Development Workshops

Students must attend two mandatory workshops and three optional workshops to complete the Emerging Leaders Workshop Suite.

The Emerging Leaders Program is a suite of workshops that help students develop their leadership. These workshops are 55-minutes long and cover a variety of topics. Our workshops are student-facilitated by members of the ACCE Team, a group of McGill student volunteers that help their peers develop their leadership and get involved on campus or in the community. Scheduling information is included below in the drop-down menu of each workshop description.

Students who fulfil the requirements of the Emerging Leaders Program receive a Certificate of Completion for their involvement. To earn this Certificate, students need to attend the two mandatory workshops: Exploring Leadership and Citizenship & Culture. In addition to attending these two workshops, students choose three additional workshop topics from the other six workshops offered. These workshops include Ethics, Power, Motivation, Communication, Being a change agent, and Conflict management. More information and workshop descriptions are listed below.

The Emerging Leaders workshops are offered twice a year, in September and January. Scheduling information is included below in the drop-down menu of each workshop description. All workshops are offered in the Brown Student Services Building, 3600 Rue McTavish. Registration for the workshops opens at the beginning of each semester.  If you would like to be notified when registration is open for the September 2019 workshops, please click here and leave us your contact info!

Students who have participated or who are currently involved in the Emerging Leaders Program can track their progress online. Sign into MyInvolvement and check your Co-Curricular Record to check how much of the program you have completed. 

If you have any questions, you can contact us at leadership.training [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Emerging%20Leaders%20Program)

Exploring Leadership

In this session, students explore the definition of leadership and consider important aspects of leadership. Different models and theories are also considered, and students begin to develop their personal philosophy of leadership.

Citizenship & Culture

This session challenges students to relate leadership to citizenship, and to consider how these ideas could be practiced while at university. Then, leadership and citizenship are both related to culture to help students appreciate the importance of context. Finally, the session concludes with a reflection piece so students self-analyze and determine how they can develop their leadership.


To analyze and discover how ethics and leadership intertwine, students in this workshop will examine different ethical standards and be challenged to apply those standards to a classic ethical dilemma. By critically reflecting upon their own beliefs and those of their peers, students will actively engage in debate on making moral decisions. The session concludes by exploring the application of ethics to leadership. 


This workshop helps students explore positional power and social influence, particularly as it relates to their individual identities. It encourages students to critically reflect on the power they may have and how to leverage it in everyday situations. The workshop also examines power struggles and encourages students to link power to everyday leadership. 


Opening with an energizing activity, this workshop will challenge students to examine their perceptions and definitions of motivation. Common themes will be explored as students discuss and discover how to find inspiration in daily life. The workshop concludes with an overview of techniques for cultivating motivation and a consideration of students’ individual needs in regards to motivation. 


In this session, students learn about effective methods for communication and challenge themselves to consider potential obstacles when communicating cross-culturally. Students will leave this session with a toolkit of useful communication strategies, including methods for active listening.

Being A Change Agent

Students participating in this workshop will begin by playing a game to explore themes related to individual influence, personal interpretations, communication, and change. The workshop will also help students consider the impact people have to inspire other and how they, as individuals, can harness the power of their passions to influence positive change in their communities.

Conflict Management

Through this highly interactive workshop, students will work across potential disputes to balance their positionality and needs with the potentially conflicting desires of others. Students will further learn about conflict management styles by reflecting both individually and with peers so they can better understand themselves and how they can collaborate more effectively with other people. 


ELW Additional Resources

Workshop Facilitators (ACCE Team Members)


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