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Pathways to Leadership

There are so many ways to be a leader. Each program in Pathways to Leadership focuses on leader training that helps you develop your personal leadership style and approach. You will improve your skills as a leader and build your confidence to lead.

Why Pathways to Leadership?

Each program series in Pathways to Leadership offers an opportunity to grow your understanding of specific leadership skills and approaches by exploring these topics in depth over three weeks.

Pathways to Leadership will give you:


Each Pathway to Leadership Program is three sessions long, with each session being 50 minutes.


   Strengths Based Leadership

A strengths-based approach to leadership development focuses on recognizing your personal strengths and then developing strategies to leverage those strengths towards success. As a part of this program, you will complete the Clifton StrengthsQuest Assessment, explore what your top five strength themes say about you as a leader, and learn effective strategies on how build a successful strengths-based leadership practice.

  • January 24 – 26 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
   Inclusive Leadership

Developing your capacity for inclusive leadership helps you follow a compassionate, understanding and culturally responsive approach to creating change and supporting others as a leader. During Inclusive Leadership, you will address what it means to be an inclusive leader through recognizing bias, and understanding the relationship of inclusivity to diversity, equity, and accessibility. You will also learn key tenets of inclusive language, as well as strategies for how to practice inclusivity as a leader.

  • January 31 – Feb 2 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
   Building Leadership Confidence

Confidence is the foundation for successful leaders but may not come naturally to everyone. In Building Leadership Confidence, you will learn how self-efficacy and imposter syndrome can impact self-confidence. Each session will guide you to create unique strategies to build your confidence through engaging group activities and personal reflection.

  • February 7 – 9 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
   Impactful Team Leadership

A good leader can bring out the best abilities of their team, regardless of their position or title. Being prepared to lead others can turn regular teams into impactful teams. During the Impactful Team Leadership Pathways, participants will be able to learn how to utilize many key approaches to leading a group, ways to identify how members of a group are motivated, and leadership styles that can be adapted and used in different settings.

  • February 14 – 16 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
   Everyday Leadership

The subtle, and everyday decisions we make as leaders are just as, if not more, important than the grand actions many associate with being a “good leader”. In fact, grand actions are made up of many everyday actions, connected to make a larger impact. During the Everyday Leadership Pathways, participants will be able to name and understand their everyday leadership behaviors, develop strategies to combat challenges that arise when growing everyday leadership skills, and ways to apply everyday leadership strategies now in the future.

  • February 21 – 23 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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