Leadership Workshop Series

Many organizations actively seek employees who are competent at taking charge, guiding others, articulating a vision, inspiring critical thinking, and stimulating the collective energies of the group. Hence, in today’s competitive job market, it is increasingly important that applicants demonstrate their qualifications through both hard skills, such as their specialized training, and critical soft skills, including leadership.

This series of two-hour workshops aims to introduce you to the general concept of leadership, and to provide an overview of the different skills that are crucial to leading successfully in management roles. The workshops guide you to identify the relevance of leadership in your career path, assess your strengths and weaknesses, reflect, and have the opportunity to begin to conceptualize concrete plans for achieving growth. You also learn to identify your leadership style, set the direction for a group, and promote teamwork using techniques for conflict resolution and effective management of change. Furthermore, over the course of the seven workshops, you receive a variety of tools and strategies that will aid you in putting your leadership skills into practice.

Those who attend all workshops in the series (7 sessions) will receive a letter of attestation from the University that verifies completion of the Leadership Workshop Series.

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 Upcoming Events

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Foundations of Leadership

In this workshop, students will establish the foundations upon which they can start their leadership development journey. They will identify the importance of leadership development for their career and assess their own leadership potential. Importantly, this workshop will help participants begin the process of developing a leadership plan for themselves.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how leadership is relevant to their career path;
2. Assess their leadership strengths and weaknesses;
3. Begin the process of self-initiated leadership development.

Jan. 23
10:00 AM -12:00 PM

McLennan Library Building, MS-74
 

Foundations of Leadership (Mac Campus)

In this workshop, students will establish the foundations upon which they can start their leadership development journey. They will identify the importance of leadership development for their career and assess their own leadership potential. Importantly, this workshop will help participants begin the process of developing a leadership plan for themselves.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how leadership is relevant to their career path;
2. Assess their leadership strengths and weaknesses;
3. Begin the process of self-initiated leadership development.

Jan. 26
1:00-3:00PM

Macdonald Campus, Centennial Centre, CC1-162
 

Navigating Emotional Intelligence

In this workshop, participants will learn about the importance of emotional intelligence in their careers and leadership roles. In addition, they will learn about key emotional skills and assess their level of competence. Participants will then learn techniques to improve their emotional intelligence skills.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the importance of emotional intelligence in your career and leadership endeavours;
2. Describe four emotional skills and evaluate your abilities with them;
3. Identify and use techniques to improve your emotional skills.

Jan 31
1:00-3:00PM

McLennan Library Building, MS-74
 

Leading Teams for Success

Given increasing globalization, technological change, and task complexity, the use of teams has become an integral part of the work environment. This workshop is designed to aid graduate students in learning core strategies to successfully lead teams using an evidence-based approach.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the functions of teams and team leaders;
2. Comment on team performance determinants and leadership practices for team effectiveness;
3. Identify ways to manage group norms;
4. Determine effective strategies to manage team conflict.

Feb. 7
1:00 PM -3:00 PM

McLennan Library Building, MS-74

 

Motivating and Inspiring as A Leader

Motivating and inspiring others towards professional achievement is a crucial leadership skill. This workshop is designed based on empirical research to help participants improve their leadership skills in this area. In particular, the participants will learn how to motivate and inspire others by communicating a vision, setting goals, and providing feedback effectively.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Define two sources of motivation for work;
2. Describe a leader's role in communicating a vision;
3. Practice effective goal-setting techniques.

Feb. 14
1:00 PM -3:00 PM
McLennan Library Building, MS-74

Managing People's Performance

In this workshop, participants will learn basic principles of managing individual employees. Managing people involves identifying potential in employees, assigning tasks accordingly, supporting employees to develop to their full potential, and managing lack of performance. Through brief lectures and hands-on exercises, participants will be introduced to each of these concepts.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify factors that aid in task assignment in different contexts;
2. Use strategies that aid in providing clear and impactful feedback;
3. Identify ways to effectively handle performance issues.

Feb 21
1:00-3:00PM

McLennan Library Building, MS-74
 

Solving Problems and Seeing the Big Picture

In this workshop, participants will be taught to identify problems and use problem-solving techniques to find efficient solutions. Participants will look at ways in which problems arise, where they arise and how problems can be identified. Next, they will be introduced to an easily applicable 7 step problem-solving technique. Through these concepts, participants will learn to take into account the bigger picture and solve problems successfully.

Learning Objectives
In this workshop, students will be able to:
1. Identify the source of problems and predict where they may arise;
2. Follow seven steps to arrive at adequate solutions; 
3. Understand the importance of adapting problem-solving techniques to different social and cultural contexts.

Feb 28
1:00-3:00PM

McLennan Library Building, MS-74

Professional Negotiation Skills

Great leaders negotiate based on principles. Rather than understanding negotiations as an opportunity to defeat an adversary, they work as a team together with their counterparts, to increase the value of the outcome for every stakeholder. They persuade, but within a framework of truthfulness, respect, and social responsibility, because their goal is not a short-term personal victory, but a long-term fruitful relationship that benefits everyone. In this workshop, we will emphasize the importance of continuously improving our negotiation skills, regardless of our area of expertise. Participants are introduced to the principled negotiations model, increase our ability to identify opportunities for negotiation, and become more persuasive negotiators. The workshop will offer an opportunity to apply these concepts in practical simulations.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the negotiation process and identify negotiation opportunities;
2. Apply the principled negotiation model in practical simulations.

March 7
1:00 PM -3:00 PM

McLennan Library Building, MS-74

 
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