Queen's University

Working group seeks feedback on leadership

 
2011-04-14

What does it take to be an effective leader at Queen's? What is your perception of leadership? The Leadership Initiative Working Group is hoping to get a sense of what members of the Queen's community think about leadership, and use that feedback to spearhead a leadership development initiative featuring a blend of approaches such as training workshops, consultations, and other resources.

“There is a growing need to develop leadership competencies across the board, because leadership impacts on performance,” says Penina Lam, an Educational Developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). “Our research tells us that leadership training opportunities exist for people already in managerial or senior-level positions, but tend to be limited for emerging leaders. In a broad sense, leadership can be developed regardless of one’s position.”

In recent years, the Centre for Teaching Learning (CTL) has undergone a strategic planning process and conducted a needs assessment where members of the community were asked to provide feedback regarding where the Centre should focus its initiatives. The results led to the identification of four key areas: good practice, community, scholarship, and leadership. Since then, a number of workshops and resources have been devoted to the first three areas, and the CTL now intends to further develop the leadership initiative.

The recently-formed Leadership Initiative Working Group includes representatives from a variety of departments and faculties. Members of the working group will analyze the feedback and create leadership programming based on the community's wants and needs.

“Our experience tells us that the ideal way of developing any program is to involve your stakeholders in designing a program that is meaningful to them,” says Dr. Lam.

The short survey, available here, is open to all faculty, graduate students, librarians, post-doctoral fellows, researchers and staff currently enrolled in or working at Queen's; it will be available until May 7, 2011.

For more information on the CTL's resources and services, visit the website.
 

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