Course Modules Description – Series VII

Module 1: Framing Leadership for Impact

Participants will be introduced to Teaming which is a framework and approach to peer-based learning that will be developed through two case studies from the business world. A session on Integrative Thinking will set the frame for influence and this will be followed by a session on Knowledge Systems which will set the context for participants’ view of their role. Systematic Blindness will lead participants to an understanding of the basic premise around the theory and mitigating its impact on their leadership compass. A Peer Advisory Process will be introduced which will guide participants through the development of individual improvement projects. Regular reflection on the connection of learning to the Ontario Leadership Framework will commence.

Module 2: Enabling a Learning Culture in Your School District

Participants will be introduced to a leadership model which will emphasize the dimensions of leadership that persons in executive roles must draw upon in times of uncertainty. A change management simulation will introduce participants to the concept of change implementation through an scenario developed from outside of the education sector. Participants will continue deliberations with their Peer Advisory Groups and will continue their professional reflections on lessons learned.

Module 3: Data, Sense-making and Leveraging Networks as a Leader

Participants will have an interactive session on “Understanding Global Economics” with a specific focus upon implication for schools. A case study will be undertaken which will focus upon building strategic and knowledge-sharing networks in siloed environments. Throughout this module participants will consolidate understanding of their personal learning resources. Reflection on the connections to the Ontario Leadership Framework will continue as will the Peer Advisory Program.

Module 4: Emergent Models of Leadership

Emergent models of leadership will be explored. “Emancipatory Leadership” will lead participants to an understanding of the impact of valuing diversity and building meaningful and strategic engagement across an organization. In “Business Design” user- centered innovation will be studied emphasizing the need for putting the customer at the center. Through a session on “Strategy Framework” participants will be led to an understanding of five key questions to ask as a strategic leader. Individual improvement projects will continue to be refined through the Peer Advisory Program and reflection upon the course learnings and implications for leadership will continue.

Module 5: Defining Your Leadership Canvas and Refining Your Legacy

Participants will get a deeper sense of their own leadership canvas through “Authentic Leadership”. Using a case study from the business world participants will be led to an understanding of the dynamic and constantly-shifting requirements for leaders to balance skills in order to lead people and the business itself.  In “Leadership Legacy” participants will reflect upon their own leadership legacy and they impact that they will establish. Participants will reflect upon how their personal leadership resources can impact upon the ability to enact leadership practices. Finally, participants will collaboratively reflect upon the results of their individual improvement projects and a celebration of the learning journey will conclude the course through a graduation exercise.

Course Schedule

Series VIII, for 2016/2017
Module 1:       July 5 -7, 2016
Module 2:       October 13-15, 2016
Module 3:       November 24 - 26, 2016
Module 4:       February 2 – 4, 2017
Module 5:       March 30 – April 1, 2017

Course Location

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
For more information and to register please contact:

Rod Thompson
Director of Executive Leadership Programs
416 440 5108
Sponsor Acknowledgement