Leadership Development

Main Content

Leadership Development

Leading in the ever-evolving landscape of post-secondary education requires strong skills and tools to be effective and successful. CICan’s celebrated leadership institutes draw on the latest management concepts and experience to prepare participants to successfully lead in the college and institute system. The programs contribute to institutional succession planning by looking at the competencies required to lead effectively in institutions of all sizes, addressing both career progression and the skills necessary to lead at a higher level.

Each institute is tailored to a different position and provides participants the opportunity to learn from distinguished college and institute leaders. Participants are guided by a core group of faculty as well as guest faculty who contribute to particular segments.  Central to the interactive environment is faculty’s sharing of their stories, knowledge, and experience to underline the skills needed to lead in higher education.  Participants will also be encouraged to contribute actively throughout the program through team learning, coaching, assignments, etc.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the country and become part of an email listserve and networking group to facilitate further engagement and learning.

Learn more about CICan’s Leadership Institutes for:

Program Chairs

Who should attend

Those currently in the role of program chair, or managers responsible for program areas or service areas, who seek to develop their leadership abilities and to better understand the trends impacting their current position.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of chairs and managers responsible for either program and service areas in the college and institute setting. It will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of these roles and also consider the profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist;
  • moving from a program focus to a broader institutional focus;
  • the key elements and challenges of this role;
  • senior management expectations and team relationships;
  • building team capacity;
  • managing in a college/institute context;
  • the value of mentorship – for self and for team;
  • the key elements and challenges of the dean/director roles.

Managers

Who should attend

Those currently in the role of manager, program chair, associate dean, associate director, who aspire to become deans or directors. Recently appointed deans and directors may be interested to attend to garner knowledge on the leadership profile essential for success and approaches that may contribute to the development of their function within the institution.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed primarily to enhance participants’ knowledge of the expectations at the dean and director level. Managers who are looking to progress in their careers and develop their leadership abilities will examine the current and emerging requirements of the roles of deans and directors and the leadership profile and skills essential for success in a changing and challenging landscape.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist;
  • moving from a program focus to a broader institutional focus;
  • the key elements and challenges of this role;
  • senior management expectations and team relationships;
  • building team capacity;
  • managing in a college/institute context;
  • the value of mentorship – for self and for team;
  • the key elements and challenges of the dean/director roles.

Deans Directors and Campus Principals

Who should attend

Those in the roles of dean and director (in academic, administration, finance and student services departments), and campus principals who aspire to become vice-presidents.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed primarily to enhance participants’ knowledge of the expectations at the vice-president level. Deans, directors and campus principals who are looking to develop their leadership abilities and advance their careers in the college and institute setting will examine the current and emerging requirements of the role of vice-president and the leadership profile and skills that are essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist;
  • executive management expectations;
  • governance;
  • building a leadership team;
  • the key elements and challenges of the vice president role.

Vice-Presidents

Who should attend

Those in the role of vice-presidents or equivalent positions who aspire to become Presidents.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed primarily to enhance the participants’ knowledge of the expectations at the President level. Vice-presidents who are looking to develop their leadership abilities and advance their careers in the college and institute setting will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of the role of President and the leadership profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership, skills and traits – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • key contextual issues facing Canadian college/institute executives-nationally and internationally;
  • internal and external roles/responsibilities/accountabilities of the President;
  • the role and relationship of the executive team with the President;
  • governance responsibilities;
  • the key elements and challenges of the role of the President.

Presidents and Directors General

Who should attend

Presidents and directors general

What you will learn

This intensive program designed by college and institute Presidents will provide participants an opportunity to share and network with peers from across the country while building leadership skills. It will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of the role and the sharing of experiences and stories will form the basis of an interactive environment.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment
  • key contextual issues facing Canadian college/institute presidents
  • the key elements and challenges of this role – multiplicity of presidential roles
  • internal and external roles/responsibilities/accountability of the president
  • role of the president and the board of governors

Emerging Leaders of International

Who should attend

Those in the role of manager or new director in international offices/divisions who seek leadership development for their current position; leaders who are new or interested in learning how to better lead their department and institution in international initiatives

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of current managers or new directors in international divisions within colleges and institutes. Leaders who are either new or interested in learning more about how to lead their department and institution in international initiatives will gain significant knowledge about the international leadership role. It will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of the role of International Managers and also consider the leadership profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the key elements and challenges of this role;
  • the role of the international office/division in your institution;
  • reporting structures, financial models, recruitment strategies, organizational structures;
  • off shore projects, programs and campus – opportunities and challenges, how to access funding agencies;
  • HR management practices and approaches;
  • risk management in international work.

Applied Research and Innovation

Background

Over the past 15 years, colleges and institutes have seen an exponential increase in their applied research activity, with corresponding infrastructure changes, new sources of funding, greater faculty and student involvement, and a dramatic increase in industry and community engagement. There is also a diversity in the research as many institutions are doing both industrial/technological research and social innovation research. Today’s college and institute applied research leaders must play multiple roles: they must be strategic and visionary but also strong operationally. They must advocate for applied research in college and institute mandates, and be key linkages to local business, industry, community partners as well as government.

Who should attend

Those in the role of manager or new director in applied research offices/divisions who seek leadership development for their current position; research division staff (e.g. project managers, industry liaison staff, research coordinators); individuals from other areas of the institution who aspire to leadership positions in applied research or are interested in learning how to better lead their department and institution in applied research and innovation initiatives.

What you will learn

This intensive program will focus on the current and emerging requirements of the role of Applied Research Leaders in colleges and institutes and will explore the leadership profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment
  • the key elements and challenges of the role of applied research leader in a college
  • diversity and scope of college-based applied research across Canada
  • the role of the applied research office/division in institutions
  • strategic approaches and risk management
  • funding mechanisms
  • internal relationships and external partnerships
  • intellectual property and research ethics
  • projects and programs – opportunities and challenges
  • link between research and innovation and entrepreneurship
I have spent the past 10 years working in international education, and ILDI was far and away the best workshop/conference/institute/PD event that I have attended. Friendships were formed, excellent discussions were generated and concrete ideas and actions came out of the week-long institute. Less than one month following ILDI, I had already started implementing some of the ideas and pursuing partnership opportunities
Jeff Cooper
Manager, International Education, College of the Rockies