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Queen's Foundational Leadership Program

This comprehensive program is designed to provide a solid foundation for leading and managing your employees. Customized specifically for Queen's employees, it is an opportunity to network with other Queen's managers and integrate advanced management skill acquisition with leadership development.

The program consists of two main components: a) fourteen classroom sessions and b) action learning projects in teams. The Action Learning Component (ALC) consists of applying the knowledge acquired in the classroom sessions toward real-life challenges. The blended learning format includes in class, self-directed, readings, discussions, case studies, coaching, and mentoring using real world problems / projects. The sessions are a full day in length and held once a month. The entire program spans a period of seventeen months.

Action Learning Component

Participants will work on a project in small teams. The classroom sessions start January 2018 and the project teams will be selected in June 2018, providing participants with the opportunity for the prerequisite learning as well as time to choose potential topics. Projects will stem from current high priorities, identified by the university that could assist with enhancement, cost reduction or some other measurable outcome of administrative, service or research initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhance supervisory skill set
  • Learn best practices in management
  • Gain a better understanding of your leadership capabilities
  • Expand your communication and coaching skills
  • Enhance your ability to manage projects and change
  • Build better relationships within and outside your department
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with fellow participants
  • Develop management capacity
  • Build cross-organizational collaboration
  • Strengthen employee engagement

Who is eligible?

Participant Profile:

  • Currently in a non-academic role, who are managing staff
  • Currently in a grade 9 or higher
  • Committed to full participation and attendance

Program Attendance and Expectations

Attendance and participation are vital components to the success of the program and are strict requirements. Participants have a responsibility to their project team members, the entire cohort and themselves personally and professionally.

It is expected that participants, with the support of their supervisor, will attend all classroom sessions. In the event of extenuating circumstances, participants may miss a maximum of two sessions. Participants who miss more than two sessions may be ineligible to continue and their department will be charged a $1000.00 withdrawal fee.

Foundational Leadership is an advanced program and requires that participants engage in a variety of activities outside of the classroom sessions. These activities may consist of the following:

  • Readings and assignments
  • Maintenance of a learning journal
  • Inventories / tools / assessments
  • Team project meetings


Queen's University's Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the fifth offering of the Foundational Leadership program for non-academic managers will begin in January 2018. Applications will open November 2017 with specific deadlines to follow.

Program Brochure

Foundational Leadership Program Brochure (774 KB)