Leading for Engagement

Leading for Engagement

Building on the leadership skills managers and directors have developed through experience in their roles in the university, this unique program focuses on further developing practical leadership skills and tools to unleash their teams’ talents and capabilities.

The Leading for Engagement program is an experiential leadership development program designed to support leaders to be accountable for the work climates they create and the results they achieve. The program runs on an annual cycle beginning in June. Formal classroom-based sessions run monthly October-April.

The program uses a 360-degree feedback tool, peer coaching process, and a cohort-based experiential and online learning series to support participants in leading teams to effectively execute strategy and achieve organizational goals.


  • Gain awareness about the perceptions of self and others with respect to strengths and opportunities for growth.
  • Develop goals using a 360-degree feedback tool to maximize benefits for the individual, team and organization and involve feedback from others in the learning process.
  • Learn specific knowledge, skills and behaviors that align strategic goals to the success of the organization.
  • Learn how to execute strategy by linking the work of the leader and team to the goals of the organization.
  • Opportunity to network and learn with a diverse group of leaders from various departments across campus.


Some personal behavioral changes that participants attribute to the Leading for Engagement program:

“I am a better listener and coach. I project a higher sense of confidence, my critical thinking skills have improved and much more!”

“Better self-awareness and awareness of social styles of others, better coaching and development skills, better skills for leading my team and cross-functional leadership.”

“Diplomacy, prioritization of work and resources, coaching, conflict management and influencing.”

“I have developed much better skills for engaging with campus partners and for developing the capacities of people I work with. My ability to recognize and respond to the needs of people I work with in change situations has improved quite a bit. I have much more awareness of what others need in a situation and also a greater ability to engage other people in developing and advancing initiatives.”


The Leading for Engagement program is designed for a cohort of approximately 25 administrative leaders in positions across the university. It is appropriate for Management Excluded and PEA leaders in administrative departments and services, and academic leaders with supervision of administrative staff or oversight of a service area.

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. Nominators should consider a combination of the following:

Position/role criteria: Personal attributes:
  • 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
  • A role with a clear succession path
  • Management Excluded, PEA and some faculty leadership roles are the target
  • Some previous leadership development training either at UVic or with previous employers
  • Succession potential at the university
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and a willingness to seek and receive feedback
  • A genuine desire to engage fully in leadership development activities, including a 360 degree feedback process, peer coaching and a cohort learning experience

Program Structure, Timeline and Fees

The Leading for Engagement program uses 360-degree feedback tool and has a peer coaching foundation where participants share their developmental goal(s) with other participants in the program.

Participants engage in an experiential program launch, several days of learning workshops and e-learning, several peer coaching sessions, and a wrap-up event. The program is funded through the VPFO office, HR and departmental contributions.
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Registration is by invitation only. Each executive area (PRES & USEC, VPFO, VPAC, VPER and VPRE) coordinates a delegation process for their area and selection of final candidates. Identified participants and their direct supervisor submit a written statement of commitment to engage in the full program and process.

For more information or assistance, contact Cara Jones or Sarah Hood .