Available Until 7/29/2027

Leading the Way: Preparing For and Developing Your Leadership Role

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Lindsay Alcock <lalcock@mun.ca> .

Are you a new or emerging leader? Do you feel ready to take on more formal leadership roles? Or would you like a leadership refresher? In this face-to-face course, we will explore definitions of leadership, identify leadership styles and discuss strategies to position oneself for leadership. Participants will work through exercises and case studies to explore leadership style(s), goals in leading others, any perceived challenges and necessary steps required to make positive progress in reaching goals. The instructors will facilitate discussion related to challenges in establishing your leadership, help you to identify methods to transition effectively into leading and explore how to measure success. Expect a highly interactive session with a focus on facilitated group discussions and the development of a personal leadership workbook.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session the participants will be able to:
• define leadership (what it is, how to recognize it) • describe different leadership styles • identify your leadership style(s) and strengths • define your leadership goals • identify tools to meet leadership challenges • identify challenges in establishing yourself as a leader • describe methods to address individual leadership challenges • identify the concepts behind holistic leadership • define how to measure leadership success


Agenda for Full Day Session

1. Introduction of facilitators and participants

2.	What is leadership? (What it is, how to recognize it) 

•	Explanation/discussion of Management vs. Leadership
•	Present varying definitions of leadership (facilitators)

3.	Brief discussion on what leadership means to different people (large group discussion)

4.	Workbook activity and discussion
o	Examples of good and bad leadership 
o	List action terms for good leaders. 
•	Attributes / Behaviours (See Taylor: Values Based Leadership) 
5.	Describe different leadership styles 
•	Leadership styles (facilitators) [Based on the “Four Frames”]
o	Analyst and Architect/ Structural Lens
o	Compassionate Politician/ Political Lens
o	Servant, Catalyst and Coach/ Human Resource Lens
o	Prophet and Artist/ Symbolic Lens
6.	Self-identification Exercise -- your leadership style(s) and strengths
•	Workbook activity: individual style and strengths
o	Activity -- Use the Leadership Orientation Scoring Sheet (Bolman and Deal) for self-assessment exercise 
•	Examination / discussion of a case study

7.	Personal leadership goals 
•	Brief introduction to leadership goal-setting (facilitators)
•	Identification of individual goals (Small group discussion** and workbook activity)
8.	Tools to meet leadership challenges 
•	Discussion on how to meet individual goals (Small groups with facilitators)
•	Workbook activity
9.	Morning Recap and Evaluation 

10.	(Re)Introduction of facilitators and participants

11.	Identify challenges in establishing yourself as a leader 
•	Brief overview (facilitators)
•	Discussion on challenges encountered/perceived (small group discussion and workbook activity)
o	Use Activity from Maureen Metcalfe: Innovative Leadership Workbook (See pp. 9+) for self-analysis exercise 
12.	Describe methods to address individual leadership challenges 
•	Discussion on how to approach individual challenges (Small group discussion, workbook activity)
•	Large group discussion
o	How to find true calling to best self to the work
o	How to find a vision for ourselves so we can share it with others
o	What do we bring to advance that vision
o	How do we identify and involve others
o	How do we give voice to the vision so that others take up the call


13.	Identify the concepts behind holistic leadership 
•	Brief overview (facilitators)
o	5 Bs – Five steps to healthy leadership
o	Feeding the Soul
•	Developmental journal
•	Inner growth
•	Sense of calling
•	Journey is the challenge
•	Lead with soul
•	Courage to learn
•	Case study*
14.	Define how to measure leadership success 
•	Brief overview (facilitators)
•	Identification of personal success measurements (small group discussion, workbook activity)
15.	Afternoon recap and evaluation

*Case studies will be provided to participants in advance
** A facilitator will be assigned to all small groups 


Facility Requirements

Small group tables, data projector, projection screen, podium/lectern, flip chart (one per table), markers, pens/paper, post-it notes (medium size, various colours).

MLA CE Credits: 6