Leadership - Virtual
27 Instructional Hours

Leadership - Virtual

Reinvent yourself as a top business leader

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Leadership - Virtual

About the program

Our Leadership program provides the insights that will help you to build yourself as a leader.

Through intensive self-discovery, you will achieve a deep understanding of yourself and your leadership style. You will be guided in creating a powerful personal development plan to fully realize your leadership potential.

In this program you will learn:

  • How your colleagues perceive you and your leadership style
  • Authentic communication skills
  • Strategies to create enthusiasm and lead others to peak performance

Additionally, this program incorporates the use of three powerful and transformational tools:

360-Degree Feedback Instrument: Use this effective instrument and work with an executive coach to assess your leadership style and strengths, understand how you are perceived by others, define your core beliefs and understand how they influence you as a leader, and identify barriers to effective leadership.

Personal Leadership Exercise: Work with an executive coach to prepare a plan to address a leadership challenge you are currently facing.

The Attentional & Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Assessment: Learn how your tendencies in interpersonal style will benefit and hinder you, and develop strategies for building on strengths and shoring up weaknesses.

Post-Program Support

Queen's offers several ways to continue your learning after the program, including repeating the 360-Degree Feedback process, following up with your executive coach, alumni events and networking opportunities, and updates on the program and material.

Dynamic virtual classroom

Participate in the program from anywhere. Our online learning platform combines live, interactive video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.

Who should attend

This program is designed for managers and leaders who want to inspire their teams to peak performance, strengthen their own leadership skills, and achieve their organization’s strategic goals with stronger, more committed teams. The program is particularly suited for managers and leaders who have been managing teams for a minimum of five years.

You might also be interested in: Developing Your Leadership Presence, Learning to Lead

Discounts Available For Registered Charities

Queen’s Executive Education is pleased to offer a limited number of discounted seats in every program to employees of Canadian registered charities. Check your eligibility.

CCDI Partnership


Smith School of Business is an Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Personal Benefits

The concepts and tools taught in the program will greatly enhance your leadership skills

  • Learn the personal and organizational skills you need to be an effective leader
  • Gain a better understanding of your leadership capabilities
  • Learn how to apply the principles of transformational leadership
  • Expand your coaching, team leadership, and project management skills
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with Queen's faculty and fellow participants
  • Build better relationships within and outside your organization
  • Return to work with proven tools to achieve lasting change in the way teams work together

Organizational benefits

Enhancing your leadership skills will have a significant impact across your organization

  • Achieve your strategic goals with stronger, more committed teams
  • Help the people you work with perform at their peak
  • Create an atmosphere of trust, mutual support and open communication
  • Develop a high-performance culture in your organization
  • Benchmark against the best leadership practices of the world's most successful companies
  • Build high-performance expectations into everyday management practices

 Case for Sponsorship

Need to convince your manager? Download the Case for Sponsorship to share the program benefits, takeaways and value to your organization.

Program content

This program focuses on six themes:

Transformational Leadership

You will learn to communicate a vision clearly and authentically by inspiring, creating enthusiasm, and bringing out the best in others. Through coaching and mentoring people for peak performance, you will be better prepared to address behaviour and performance issues effectively and with confidence.

Building Awareness

Often individuals find themselves in leadership roles based on their functional expertise and problem-solving abilities. This can lead to a common leadership challenge known as the “curse of knowledge”. You will identify key areas where clarity is required clarity in order to be committed and perform at the highest levels. Working in small groups, you will break through the “curse of knowledge” and discover how ambiguous instructions and expectations can limit performance when we don’t take the time to ensure clarity.

Plays of a Coach

As a mentor, you will seek to understand what it is a person needs in order to get better at whatever it is they are doing. Through the use of the 3X4 Coaching Model, you will learn how to effectively utilize the three plays to tap into the four core communication skills.


Experience how recognition can create a productive momentum to positively impact performance, particularly when setbacks are experienced. You will explore how to give more informal recognition and influence on others; and how to remove what blocks you from doing these things.

Skills of a Coach

Through the use of a culminating exercise, you will have the opportunity to experience how truly effective questions can allow people to solve their own challenges and how difficult, yet powerful, respectful listening can be. You will also have the opportunity to coach another participant attending the program and be coached by them also on a leadership challenge they choose and is important to them.


By learning how to effectively prepare yourself, you will be better prepared to engage in a challenging conversation. You will explore how requiring a change in another individual triggers resistance and identifies different forms that resistance can take to address the change that is required.

Dynamic Virtual Classroom

Participate in the program from anywhere. Our online learning platform combines live, interactive video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.

Our learning platform is fully encrypted, allowing you to connect securely from home, office or anywhere in between.

Virtual programs are designed to fit within your schedule, allowing you to learn new skills and immediately put them to work.

This program is available in an alternate format: View in-person program

Session Leaders

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

Julian is the author of The Science of Leadership: Lessons From Research for Organizational Leaders, which was published by Oxford University Press (New York) in January, 2014. His research interests focus on the nature and development of transformational leadership and employee well-being, and he is also the author of well over 200 research articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of several books, including Employment, Stress and Family Functioning (1990, Wiley & Sons); The Union and Its Members: A Psychological Approach (1992, Oxford University Press); Changing Employment Relations: Behavioral and Social Perspectives (1995, American Psychological Association); Young Workers (1999, American Psychological Association); and The Psychology of Workplace Safety (2004, American Psychological Association). He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Workplace Violence (2006, SAGE Publications), and senior editor of both the Handbook of Work Stress (2005), Handbook of Organizational Behaviour (2008), all published by SAGE, The Psychology of Green Organizations (2015) and Work and Sleep: Research Insights for the Workplace (2016), both published by Oxford University Press).

Julian was formerly the editor of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, served as the chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Workplace Violence in 2001-2, and was the chairperson of the Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety to the Ontario Minister of Labour from 1989-1991.

Julian is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Canada, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Julian was the recipient in 2016 of the Distinguished Contributions to Industrial and Organizational Psychology by the C-SIOP Division of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Julian was named one of the 2020 recipients of the Distinguished University Professor designation, Queen’s University’s highest research-related honour. MacLean's magazine named Julian as one of Queen's University's most popular professors in 1996. Julian received the National Post's "Leaders in Business Education" award in 2001 and Queen's University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision in 2008.

Julian received his Ph.D in 1979 from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he subsequently taught in the Psychology Department. He joined Queen's University in 1984, initially teaching in the Department of Psychology. Julian moved to the School of Business in 1994; and served as the Associate Dean with responsibility for the Ph.D, M.Sc and Research programs in the School of Business from 1997-2011.

Peggy has dedicated her life to training excellence. Her passion for developing people, proven expertise, vast training experience, and engaging style make her the perfect trainer to deliver programs to demanding, senior-level audiences. With more than 20 years of corporate training experience, Peggy has delivered hundreds of programs to leading corporations across numerous industries and she consistently receives outstanding reviews by inspiring deep commitment in those she coaches.

A native of Kingston and a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, Dr. Bill Blake spent six years in a variety of leadership positions in the Canadian Navy prior to entering the University of Western Ontario where he completed an MBA and a Ph.D. in business.

Dr. Blake joined Smith School of Business in 2001. In 2002 he was appointed Associate Dean, MBA Programs, and served in that capacity for 6 years. During that time, the Accelerated MBA and Executive MBA Americas (a Queen's-Cornell partnership) were launched and the Full-time MBA was named #1 in the world outside the U.S.A by BusinessWeek in three successive biannual rankings.

Dr. Blake's research and teaching have focused on characteristics of effective leaders and the relationship between cultural adaptability and international effectiveness. He has been actively involved in consulting and executive development and he has delivered programs in leadership, cross-cultural management and human resource management nationally and internationally.

Peter Jensen is the author of The Inside Edge, Ignite The Third Factor and Thriving in a 24/7 World, the founder of Third Factor, and a longstanding instructor at Smith School of Business at Queen's University. A dynamic speaker with a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology, Peter has attended 9 Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian team and helped over 70 athletes medal. With the world of Olympic sport as a laboratory, he has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Peter is a renowned innovator—bringing coaching and personal high performance to corporations worldwide. As a teacher, Peter has the power to invigorate audiences through his compelling use of humour, personal experiences and concrete, actionable content.

Upcoming Sessions

Session Date Sep 26 to 30, 2022 View detailed schedule
Location Virtual Classroom
Program Fees $8,500 CAD (plus applicable taxes)

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