Leading for Engagement

This is an experiential development program designed to support a group of senior academic and administrative leaders to develop their leadership practice as they form strong bonds by working through program content together. The program typically runs from September to May with preparatory sessions and assessments over the summer. Recruitment to the 2021 cohort is closed.

Program Summary

Building on participants’ individual perspectives about leadership and leadership approaches; the L4E program uses a 360-degree feedback tool, self-assessments, peer team feedback, and cohort-based experiential learning to support learners in applying various mind sets, skills and tools to engage teams in ways that are collaborative, inclusive and aligned with UVic’s values and strategic mission.

This year the program offers both Core and Elective content primarily delivered in short online synchronous sessions. Participants are auto-registered for the Core content, which shares important information specific to to UVic’s culture and strategy and is exclusively available to the current L4E cohort. Electives focus on developing leadership skills in areas of need and interest to the participants. The electives are self-registered and open to a broader campus leadership audience. It is suggested that participants commit to the Core program which is approximately 30 hours and complete approximately 10 hours of Elective content to round out the full L4E Certificate. *Listed Electives taken in advance of L4E registration may be counted.

Learning Objectives: Throughout the L4E process, leaders will:

  • gain insight into the perceptions of others with respect to their leadership strengths, potential blind spots and opportunities for growth.
  • learn to leverage self-assessment and feedback tools and processes to identify and pursue developmental goals that optimally benefit the individual, team and organization.
  • develop specific strategies, skills, tools and behaviours that improve leadership impact and efficacy.
  • contribute and benefit from a community of leaders committed to strategically engaging teams around the values and mission of UVic.
  • gain awareness of others’ perceptions of their leadership strengths, potential blind spots and opportunities for growth.

Intended Audience

L4E is designed for both academic leaders with supervision of faculty, administrative staff or oversight of a service area (e.g. Deans, Chairs, Research Centre Directors or Associate Deans) and senior administrative leaders in positions across the university (e.g. Directors, Management Excluded and senior PEA leaders of large administrative departments and services). While the program is focused on those who lead teams, we recognize that some stand-alone professional roles demonstrate organizational leadership and influence and may benefit from this learning opportunity.

In addition to considering operational and succession needs, nominators should consider a combination of the following criteria which are more likely to lead to success in the program.

Position / role criteria

  • A leadership position with supervision of a team or informal influence and direction of the work of others
  • A minimum of one year in the role
  • An opportunity to develop or mentor someone else into their leadership role as they move on
  • Consistent availability on Core program dates

Personal attributes

  • Some previous leadership development training or an interest in developing leadership skills at UVic
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with an interest in building networks
  • A willingness to seek, receive and provide respectful feedback
  • A commitment to engage fully in leadership development activities of the program including: a 360 degree feedback process, peer feedback and a cohort learning experience

Suggested Recruitment Process

Each Executive Area (PRES & USEC, VPFO, VPAC, VPER and VPR&I) is asked to coordinate a nomination process (usually through a single contact person) that is appropriate for that area’s organizational structure. Ideally, the senior leadership team in each area would jointly consider the criteria and identify a diverse mix of participants. Final selection of candidates will be made at the VP level and forwarded to HR. Identified participants and their direct supervisor would then review program information and register using a link from HR.

Considerations for Supervisors: Review the above criteria and consider who from your team you could recommend to your VP for this year or a subsequent program year. Candidates aspiring to develop leadership experience before they’re ready for the L4E program, can be encouraged to first enroll in the Learning that Shifts U Manage People and Lead Teams learning series.

Considerations for Interested Candidates: Review the above criteria. Consider the following questions and discuss with your immediate supervisor for possible recommendation.

  • How will this leadership program support you in becoming a better leader at the individual, team and organizational level?
  • What strategies and support do you have that will help ensure you retain the time and energy needed to focus on your personal leadership development and meet program commitments throughout the program?

If you have questions about this process or the program, please contact: