woman climbingLeadership Advanced is a cohort program for leaders with two or more years of experience. It is focused on key leadership assessments and topics. Participants will learn leadership concepts and models, build specific skills, and practice mastery of those skills through real case studies and small group mentoring and coaching. Leaders will focus on how to continue to develop those skills and mentor others through a targeted and specific individual leadership development plan.

Experienced Leaders (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018),

By appointment only

Sessions: Thursdays, 11:30-2:00 PM (buffet lunch served)
Program Completion and Celebration, ½ Day, May 10, 2018
304 Wilson Library (bottom floor next to Music Library)

Each part of this leadership program offers reflection, models and practice in leading effectively. We start with self-reflection as a leader because this is the intentional pathway to interacting well with others. A commitment to all the sessions as a leadership cohort will provide the fundamental connections and collaborations to make learning meaningful, relevant and sustainable. As an experienced leadership cohort group we will engage a deliberate review of the group’s current successful leadership practices and build upon those shared experiences as we approach each session’s learning.

Sessions and Learning Objectives

Part I: You as a Leader: Discovery and Identity

The first three sessions focus on self-awareness about leading. We begin with creating a leadership learning community as we mentor, coach and support each other. We will review leadership approaches and examine which philosophies are most relevant to you, your specific departments, centers, groups or units. By articulating your professional values we will connect how those values translate into the ways you want to lead and communicate.

By using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality preferences and strengths instrument, we start with identifying your own preferences. We will subsequently use the instrument to describe and understand other’s preferences and adapt our communications to appreciate differences. The MBTI provides multiple applications for leading others such as understanding strengths and styles, communications, problem-solving, coaching and decision-making to name a few. Self-awareness and reflections will provide the foundational components of how to build trust with yourself as a leader and effective relationships with others. We will create a common language of leadership competencies using the leadership architect tool and develop an individual plan to continue your leadership learning.

Topics Date
  • Orientation Session
  • Building Leadership Community
  • Discovery and Definitions of Academic Leadership
  • Values and Motivators
  • Ethics, Integrity and Trust

September 21, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm

  • Understanding Your Strengths/Style
  • MBTI and Communications
October 5, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Leadership Architect
  • Individual Leadership Development Plan
November 2, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm


Part II: Building Relationships with Others

With a clearer understanding of your strengths, styles, approaches and skills as a leader, we will engage in skill-building sessions that enhance your interpersonal relationships. These sessions include the foundational relationship building skills such as active listening, giving and receiving feedback, managing and mentoring. We will refresh your active listening skills which provide the backbone to interacting effectively.

Your understanding about why you would give feedback and how to give feedback offers ways you can address the nuances about how others hear and respond to feedback. Creating a culture for giving feedback productively in your group allows the flow of work and creativity to move forward and increase learning from our experiences.

We will define and demystify conflict by identifying typical conflict styles of you as leader and others. We will begin to build conversations that are sensitive to how conflict addresses, resolves and cultivates creative solutions.

A focus on building teams within our academic settings will engage knowledge and awareness of typical group formation, dynamics and leadership options. Our work in understanding the factors and dynamics that foster collaboration will energize teams and other group meetings and discussions.

Understanding your own motivators and the motivations of others reinforces meaningful and productive relationships and collaborations.

Mentoring and coaching addresses and engages others in thinking and planning for accomplishments. Being able to know the difference between coaching and mentoring provides a comprehensive approach for empowering others. Knowing how to delegate key tasks and how to communicate and coach others to accomplish those tasks establishes a clear path for achievements.

Topics Date
  • Listening Effectively
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

December 7, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm

  • Managing Conflict Effectively- Styles
  • Conflict and Conversation
January 11, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Building and Leading Academic Teams
February 1, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Motivating Others
March 8, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Effective Delegation
April 5, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm


Part III: You and Leading in the University

Identifying the types of decisions we engage in our academic settings, along with how we approach the challenges that warrant various decisions, we will review the decision-making choices available as a leader.

We will look at our most effective ways for understanding and appreciating others’ perspectives that will inform and engage positive approaches to influence others.

Our program will finish with a draft individual leadership development plan that will direct your own leadership growth priorities as you continue your leadership journey.

Topics Date
  • Decision Making
  • Influencing and Perspectives
  • Leadership Development Plans
  • Continuous Journey

May 10, 2018
(1/2 day)
9:00am to 12:00pm


Closing Celebration

Topics Date
   Celebration and Executive Dialogue Luncheon Session

May 10, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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