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4.5-Day Program


Reinvent yourself as a top business leader

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About the program

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

Through intensive self-discovery, peer coaching, and one-on-one coaching, 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.

Available via live, in-person delivery

Attend the program in an immersive, in-person environment at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, located in Kingston, Ontario and adjacent to the Queen's University campus.

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
  • How to inspire team members to reach their personal best through small, but impactful interactions
  • Network with other industry and organization leaders

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

Charismatic Leadership Assessment: During the program, individuals will prepare and deliver a short speech in front of a small team of fellow participants. This learning tool is used to evaluate participants’ use of the charismatic leadership tactics taught during the program. Speeches will be recorded and each participant will receive feedback and recommendations from a certified leadership expert, post-program.

Personal Leadership Exercise: Work with a leadership coach and a small group of peers 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 following up with your executive coach, alumni events and networking opportunities, and updates on the program and material.

Who should attend

This program is designed for managers and leaders who want to inspire their teams to peak performance and strengthen their own leadership skills.

This program is designated an approved recertification program by the HRPA.

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Discounts Available

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 to receive a registered charity discount

Volume Discounts

Queen’s Executive Education is pleased to offer a 15% discount for organizations that pre-pay for five or more seats on any of our programs within a 12-month period. Check your eligibility to receive a volume discount

Digital credential for Leadership

A Recognized Symbol of Excellence

Participants who complete the program earn the Leadership digital badge credential.

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.

Personal Leadership Style

You will reflect on your leadership strengths and areas for development. By identifying aspects of your leadership style that could create barriers to your success, you will learn to develop approaches for using your influence more positively and effectively.

Action Learning

During a series of situational exercises that mirror the workplace, you will learn to diagnose and address problems that undermine individual and team effectiveness. By enhancing your communication skills, you will build insight and self-understanding through structured feedback in team meetings and problem-solving.

Situational Exercises

You will have the opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback, which will enhance your decision-making and problem-solving skills. Develop your coaching skills by working with fellow participants in the program and develop an ability to handle leadership dilemmas with integrity by bringing out the best in others.

Advanced Coaching

Work with an executive coach to help you prepare an effective strategy for developing your leadership capabilities and avoiding past mistakes.

Action Plan

Develop and commit to an action plan for making positive change in your leadership behaviour by setting objectives and timelines for your progress. Build high-performance expectations into your everyday management practices and create a plan to coach and mentor the people around you. Translate your personal vision into tangible actions on the job in your day-to-day work.

In-Person Learning

Learn alongside fellow participants from across the country, discovering best practices that span industries and sectors.

Our in-person programs include classroom learning sessions led by award-winning Smith School of Business professors and industry experts. Practice new skills in breakout sessions, projects and simulations, and apply your learning toward real-world case studies.

Queen’s Health and Safety protocols for in-person programs are evolving and may change by the program date. View the Respiratory Illness Information (COVID-19) (opens in a new tab).

Kingston - Donald Gordon Conference Centre

The Donald Gordon Conference Centre combines the amenities of a full service conference and event centre with the elegance and charm of Kingston’s historic limestone architecture.

Our conference and meeting rooms have been designed to create a comfortable and relaxed working environment, and private guest rooms offer a broad range of amenities.

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.

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 Oct 21 to 25, 2024 View detailed schedule
Location Kingston , ON , Canada Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Union Street
Program Fees $10,500 CAD (plus applicable taxes) What's included?
Session Date Feb 24 to 28, 2025 View detailed schedule
Location Kingston , ON , Canada Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Union Street
Program Fees $10,500 CAD (plus applicable taxes) What's included?
Session Date Jun 9 to 13, 2025 View detailed schedule
Location Kingston , ON , Canada Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Union Street
Program Fees $10,500 CAD (plus applicable taxes) What's included?
Session Date Nov 10 to 14, 2025 View detailed schedule
Location Kingston , ON , Canada Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Union Street
Program Fees $10,500 CAD (plus applicable taxes) What's included?

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