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Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

The Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD) has been developed by Ontario Tech University in consultation with Procept Associates Limited.  This leadership program was created for existing leaders in the organization in order to develop a leadership capability which will create and sustain positive work environments that embrace innovative and transformative practices and cement organizational excellence.

The program design is strength based and solutions focused and allows for a high degree of discussion to foster collaboration and an appreciation for the perspectives of others.

The program is robust and demanding and includes:

  • 8 days of training over 3 months
  • 19 micro-credentials
  • 100% commitment


This program is intended for managers and directors.  Participants must be meeting expectations from a performance standpoint.


  • An expression of interest will be communicated out to the campus community
  • Those interested will respond to the expression of interest
  •  Human Resources will work with those who express interest and their leaders to approve employees into the program and  create the best possible cohort from those who expressed an interest.

Program attendance and expectations

Attending and actively participating in each of these sessions will maximize the success of the program and assure an optimal learning environment for all.

It is expected that all participants, with the full support of their leaders, will attend all sessions.

Participants who miss more than one session of the program may be ineligible to complete the program with their cohort.

Note: Participants will be expected to complete micro credentials (18) associated with the content of each LEAD session.

It is important that all nominees and their respective nominators carefully review the program schedule in advance to ensure adherence to the strict attendance and participation requirements.


This program includes a series of seminars designed to develop and enhance your leadership capacity and better equip you for leadership accountability and responsibility. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their leadership capabilities, enhance their communication and coaching skills, build better relationships, and exchange ideas and experiences with fellow participants.

The LEAD program aims to:

  • Help participants move towards being an authentic transformational leader.
  • Help participants understand and demonstrate the university's values.
  • Raise awareness about the role and challenges of leadership at the university.
  • Assist leaders in identifying the necessary capabilities required to develop themselves and their teams for their current and/or future roles at the university.

Program Structure


Leading Virtual and Hybrid Teams                                                                                April 1, 2025         8:30-4:30     

Strategic Thinking™ – Leadership Practices for Innovative Organizations                April 15, 2025       8:30-4:30     

Thinking on Purpose: Outsmarting Evolution                                                               April 29, 2025       8:30-4:30     

Strategies for Effectively Leading Through Change                                                      May 13, 2025       8:30-4:30    

Exercising Influence® – Building Relationships and Getting Results                         May 27, 2025        8:30-4:30    

Constructive Debate™ - A Collaborative Approach to Building Better Ideas               June 10, 2025      8:30-4:30     

Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Sensitivity                                                                  June 24, 2025      8:30-4:30       

What Did You Just Say                                                                                                    July 15, 2025        8:30-12

Working With Empathy                                                                                                    July 15, 2025        1-4:30