Practical team component added to HR leadership program
The Foundational Leadership Program, developed specifically for Queen’s employees, integrates advanced management training with leadership development. Beginning in 2012, it will also include a team project that gives participants the opportunity to contribute to identified priority areas of the university.
“We wanted to enhance the program to ensure participants were getting as much out of it as possible,” says Shannon Hill, Learning and Development Specialist, Human Resources. “The project component is a hands-on, practical element that complements the theory taught throughout the program.”
This will be the second offering of the 18-month executive-level program, which was introduced in 2009. Participants from the first cohort provided feedback on their experiences in a survey, and, in addition, Ms Hill conducted several interviews to get a sense of what they liked and what they thought could be improved.
“Our certificates and programs should always be evolving to meet employees’ needs. Gathering detailed information and reflections from the participants themselves is the best way to ensure that happens,” says Ms Hill.
The team projects will focus on areas of high priority for the university, such as fiscal and environmental sustainability. Groups will be supported by an executive coach as well as a project advisor, and will present their findings at the final session in May 2013.
For more information about the Foundational Leadership Program visit the HR website.