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Leadership Development Program

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (Registration details mentioned below).

As an employee in a leadership role, you are aware that leadership can be challenging, very complex, yet ultimately rewarding and satisfying! Directors, Managers, Coordinators, Supervisors and aspiring Leaders need to know how to navigate Langara business processes, who does what and where to get advice. October 30, 2018 is being set aside as a day to help you further shape your knowledge and skills – please ‘save the date’.

In alignment with the College’s 2020 Strategic Plan specifically related to organizational sustainability, People Services, in collaboration with both the academic and administrative areas of the College, developed the Faculty Leadership Development Program (FLDP). This program ran from June 2017 to June 2018. Following the success of our Faculty Leadership Development Program, we are excited to announce that People Services will be offering a Leadership Development Program (LDP) tailored for administrative and non-faculty leaders. The goal of this program is to educate, communicate and create dialogue around the different leadership and management competencies required to take on leadership roles.

The program combines both management and leadership training, as well as orientation to key areas required to help you be successful in your leadership role.  This email is an invitation for you to participate in this leadership development program; and please note that participation is not limited to current leaders. The program involves three phases and is designed for leaders (non-faculty) who are new or current leaders, or individuals who may be considering leadership roles in the future.

 Phase 1 consists of an all-day session on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 and will include the following:

  • Breakfast with the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Introduction to our Senior Leadership Team and information regarding their areas of responsibility.
  • “Importance of Leadership,” Nic Tsangarakis, Kwela Leadership.
  • Morning and afternoon orientation sessions to key areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Academic Leadership, IT, and Facilities.  This is a conference style format where you select what workshops you are interested in obtaining information on. These sessions will be followed by a catered lunch.
  • Panel discussion with current employees in leadership roles (Q&A on the challenges and opportunities in a leadership role).

Phase 2 will be held in late fall or early spring. This phase will involve additional information sessions, regarding Risk Management, Human Resources, Finance, FOIPPA, Student Services (Overview).

Phase 3 is scheduled for the spring, and will include both leadership and management workshops.  The content of those sessions will be determined by an electronic survey sent to all Phase 1 and Phase 2 participants.

Warren Bennis was quoted as saying, “there is a profound difference between management and leadership, and both are important. To manage means to bring about, to accomplish, to have charge of or responsibility for, and to conduct. Leading is influencing, guiding in a direction, course, action, opinion. The distinction is crucial.”  We are pleased to say that this new program captures both management and leadership elements, along with orientation to and information on “need to know” leadership subjects.


If you are interested in registering please email Kristen Vincent ( by Friday, October 12th. A detailed agenda, along with information pertaining to workshops sessions, will be forwarded upon registration.

Thank you.

Dawn Palmer
Vice President, People Services


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