Leadership Development Program


October 2 - 30, 2018

Introduction & Background

"The course broke down leadership and personality into simple pieces and provided skills and encouragement in how to improve as a leader." - Grant Cubbon, Canadian Light Source

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a 5-day highly interactive and experiential program that will teach you the proven leadership practices and skills you need to know to achieve your leadership potential.

The people in your organization who are in leadership positions must know how to bring out the best in everyone. Effective leaders are trustworthy, confident, and encourage employees to grow, take risks, and excel in their positions. As leaders are needed at all levels of the organization, the optimal scenario is to have all of your employees take on a leadership role.

Grounded in five core behaviours that Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner identified as critical for effective leadership in their book The Leadership Challenge, participants learn how to Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.

"I am so grateful for having this opportunity to develop and learn new skills. I feel this course was hugely beneficial for me." - Stephan Gauthier, Crestline Coach 

Module Descriptions

The LDP consists of five full-day sessions (8:30am to 4:30pm) once a week for five weeks. Attendance is mandatory for all days.

Understanding Leadership - Five Key Leadership Practices that Improve Performance

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Explore why leadership development is a growth industry and what it means to be an effective leader.  Learn about the five competencies that influence leadership success, as based on the research of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Increase awareness of your leadership strengths and areas for development through 360 feedback and self-assessment activities, and take the first step in developing a leadership development plan.


Leading Change - Inspire a Shared Vision 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rather than manage change, adopt an approach of leading change. Step out in front and embrace change as an opportunity both professionally and personally.

You will learn about change by leading a company through it via an immersive full-day simulation! You will work in teams to help “GlobalTech” navigate a change in their strategy. Some of their employees think this change is great, some are on the fence, and some are completely opposed. Given a timeframe of 18 months and budget of $500K, your team will create a change plan aimed at boosting the level of cultural buy-in from the current level of 6% to over 60%. The future of GlobalTech rests in your hands. Good Luck!

In this session you will:

  • Understand why leading change effectively is critical for team and organizational success.
  • Explore best-practices for leading change effectively.
  • Build, implement, and refine a change plan based on real-time feedback.
  • Increase your ability to lead people/teams through change.
  • Gain specific skills, knowledge, and tools for leading change in your workplace.

Download Change Simulation Overview for more information.

Enabling Other to Act - Human Relations in the Workplace

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Outstanding leaders know how to bring out the best in individuals and groups. How do we create the conditions in our workplaces that foster collaboration and strengthen people? Why is there so much emphasis on emotional intelligence these days? In this workshop, you’ll explore linkages between leadership and key drivers of organizational climate and business success, including the fundamentals of working with groups. Enabling others to act incorporates aspects of other core leadership practices.

Modelling the Way and Encouraging the Heart

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Great leaders know how to model the way and encourage the heart by:

  • Understanding and consistently demonstrating their authentic personal brand
  • Understanding and encouraging others’ unique styles and contributions
  • Working together passionately and productively. 

In this session, we will explore finding our voice through our authentic personal brand, walking the talk, recognizing the unique contributions of others, showing appreciation in diverse work environments and celebrating values and victories by fostering inclusively and purpose. Together, modeling the way & encouraging the heart are exemplary leadership practices that build effective relationships and sustain organizations.

Leadership in Action - Making the Invisible Visible

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This module will summarize the entire Leadership Development Program. We will recap the key elements of the assessment tools you completed, review the five practices that make up the backbone of the program, summarize the core content of each day  within the program, integrate program concepts together, challenge ourselves to apply the program going forward, and discuss next steps.  We will also work in teams to complete an experiential learning simulation that serves as the capstone of the program.  Finally, we will also provide certificates to you to recognize program completion.

Program Overview

Client Centered Design

LDP was designed through extensive consultation with business and leadership specialists in North America. This program is aligned with today's best leadership knowledge and practices.

360 Degree Leadership Assessment

You will complete a 360 degree leadership competency assessment (Leadership Practices Inventory) to help you identify your leadership strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Learn about your personality type and others through the MBTI Step II, which describes your personality as a collection of preferences.

Innovative Learning Approach

Based on contemporary principles of interactive and experiential learning, LDP builds knowledge and skills through group participation, practice, self-assessments, reflection, and up-to-date materials.

  • Key Learning Objectives
    “This program exceeded my expectations. I was skeptical what a classroom setting could do to teach leadership skills and knowledge and I was happily proven wrong." - Patrick Schmidt, City of Saskatoon
    • Identify key leadership practices and leadership styles
    • Understand the difference between managing and leading
    • Effectively lead through transitional times
    • Understand personal style and personality traits and how they affect working groups
  • Who Should Attend?
    "This program gave me an opportunity to learn from passionate facilitators and like-minded leaders from the private, public and non-profit." - Jenna Schroeder, Government of Saskatchewan 

    Team Leaders, Supervisors and Managers. Please note: participants are not required to have direct reports.

October 2, 2018 to October 30, 2018


Program Fees

$3995 plus GST

Includes course tuition, all teaching materials including assessments, framed certificate, meals and refreshments including celebration reception on final day. Special group discount rates are available for multiple attendees from the same organization.

Registration Deadline

September 25, 2018

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Bobbi Spicer

Program Coordinator


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Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant

Instructor Profiles

Linda McCann, MA, CPHR - Day 1

Has worked as a leadership and team development consultant with Linda McCann Consulting for over 30 years. Linda is committed to contributing to the well being of others by helping them connect deeply to themselves and coaching them in moving through difficult challenges. Linda has most recently been training and teaching in the areas of compassionate communication, adaptive leadership and emotional intelligence.

Brent Pederson, MEd, CPHR - Day 2 & 5

Senior Client Partner Korn Ferry | Hay Group - Leadership Development in Western Canada. Brent actively consults with over 50 organizations in any given year, presents at numerous conferences annually and has published several articles. Brent works primarily in the areas of leadership development, succession planning, performance management, assessment, and competency development.

Ruth Kinzel, PhD, CPHR - Day 3

A workplace change agent, educator and co-owner of Kinzel Cadrin & Associates, a consulting firm serving a diverse clientele across all sectors. Ruth is a specialist in organizational assessment and development. A scholar-practitioner with over 30 years experience, Ruth's process skills are combined with content expertise in human relations, organizational culture and change, conflict resolution, systems thinking, diversity, leadership and management performance development.

Rachelle Brockman, BComm, MBA - Day 4

Principal of Eureka Experience, Rachelle is an experienced, award-winning educator, a passionate artist and an enthusiastic entrepreneur. She inspires people, teams and organizations to ‘get it done’ in a passionate, productive way.  She digs down to core issues and provides tangible tools for leaders and teams to move forward by practicing courageous communication. Rachelle holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm).  Rachelle is also a Certified Facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI) a FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study) Facilitator and a Certified Facilitator of the Canadian It’s Your Move youth program.





University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received in writing at least 21 days in advance of the course start date will receive a full refund. Written cancellations received less than 21 days prior to the course will be subject to a $750 administration fee. Non-attendance will incur full course tuition cost. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.

Fees subject to change without notice.

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