We hear about leadership all the time – in the contexts of our workplaces, governments, schools, and communities… but what is leadership really?
This course is intended to support young professionals in the early stages of their careers (less than 5 years) in the workforce as they explore what leadership means to them in the context of their work and future goals. It will offer participants the chance to grow their understanding of what leadership means, explore their own personal strengths as leaders, learn new skills, and begin to think through how they can apply their leadership in the workplace.
The facilitation style for this course is highly participatory, and prioritizes self-reflection and participant-driven learning. Course participants will be actively involved in shaping their own experience, and should not expect a more traditional lecture-based classroom.
Benefits and Learning Objectives
After nine weeks, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of leadership in its entirety, as well as with a personal inventory of their own strengths as a leader. They’ll have learned new skills and strategies for practicing holistic leadership in the workplace from experts and from their peers, including how to create safer and welcoming workplaces; handle difficult discussions; facilitate workshops; and prioritize self and community care within the work environment. Throughout the course, participants will also work to identify how to apply their learnings, adapt the skills they’ve learned to suit their own personal leadership styles, and use their strengths in leadership to take them from where they are to wherever they want to go—making an impact on what matters to them.
Course participants can expect to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week, over nine weeks, completing coursework and participating in seven weekly online sessions that will occur on Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm (Atlantic Time). Attendance at online sessions is mandatory to pass the course—please note that this course cannot be completed asynchronously.
Online Learning Experience
As a blended model of delivery, you will have the opportunity to engage in learning activities through asynchronous activities (Moodle) and live discussions (Zoom).
Once per week, there will be a two-hour session on Zoom where we will gather for a real-time, facilitated discussion and activities. These synchronous sessions might also include panel discussions or guest speakers. As a participant, you are expected to engage with your peers in the weekly synchronous space, and to complete weekly coursework and assignments on time before and after class.
- Computer or laptop,
- Reliable internet access (high speed is recommended),
- Speakers and microphone.
Who Should Apply?
This program is designed for young professionals aged 18-34 in Canada, who consider themselves to be in the early stages of their careers. For the sake of this course, we’re defining “early career” as having five or fewer years of experience in the workforce outside of school. (Participants do not need to be currently employed).