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What does it mean to be a leader? This seminar introduces you to the process of leadership and the vast array of skills needed to be a leader in a variety of contexts. We will cover the fundamental skills that will shape your leadership style, including emotional intelligence, team dynamics, negotiating, solving problems, motivating others, giving feedback and intercultural communication. You will also evaluate your leadership potential by taking the CliftonStrengths assessment, which helps you reflect on how your talents can build your leadership reflexes.

The workshop series covers different modules that span over seven weeks where you must commit approximately 3.5 hours per week. Activities include working through case studies, role-plays, group discussions, and self-reflection. Upon completion of this series, you will receive a certificate, have your personal CliftonStrengths Top 5 report, and a personal plan for your leadership development.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Explain common leadership terms and theories
  • Articulate your strengths and weaknesses as a leader
  • Apply leadership skills across different contexts, including the workplace and grad school
  • Recognize the diversity of perspectives on what defines leadership
  • Plan your further leadership development

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by GradProSkills facilitators.

Additional Information

Your commitment and participation during class (14 hours) and outside of class (approximately 10 hours) are mandatory. You will be enrolled in a Moodle course where you will have access to the seminar’s resources and activities. Failure to meet the attendance requirement and complete the activities assigned outside of class will result in a grade of Did Not Attend (DNA).

Participant Feedback

The Graduate Leadership Development Program” provides thought-provoking and inspirational workshops for graduate students to rethink the fundamental aspects required to be an impactful leader in society today. It takes you through an invigorating journey of self-awareness, compassion and empathy to slowly unveil the personal barriers we set for ourselves in situations of conflict, hard negotiations, providing and receiving constructive feedback and effectively communicating with our peers of various cultures. This program is designed for students who are prepared and self-determined to grow out of their comfort zone and embrace their true potential, leading with intention. I truly enjoyed my experience in this 7-week program and highly recommend it for those who seek to expand their knowledge in leadership development strategies to implement in their school, work and personal life. - Sarah Farahdel, PhD Candidate, Industrial Engineering

The Leadership Workshop is well structured by topic with a lot of resources. The in-person activities and scenarios complement the theory and allow the participants to apply the techniques and discover themselves.  -Alexei Grigoriev, MBA Candidate, John Molson School of Business

Related Resources

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Event details

Workshop Location

Sir George Williams

Start Date

Thursday, May 5, 2022

End Date

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Workshop days



From 09:30 to 11:30


Azfar Adib

Benoît Eclache


Shiqiang Jing


25 / 45

Registration deadline

Monday, May 2, 2022