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Getting Ready to Lead: Starting off on the Right Path

Interest in leadership has increased exponentially over the last several decades paralleling the rapid changes taking place in the world; its importance for personal success and organizational performance is well documented. Traditional command and control approaches to people management no longer work. Today’s organizations need leaders at all organizational levels and those who have demonstrated the capability to lead will be earmarked for increasing responsibility.

Date: March 9-11, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West
Fee: $ 1,095 CAD plus applicable taxes

PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 21


This workshop aims to help you think differently about leadership and how you can develop into the leader you are capable of becoming. It focuses on helping you learn and leverage specific competencies, gained from best-practice, in order to first lead yourself, and then lead others.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for any professional who is called upon to lead others, either formally or informally, in order to accomplish their work. While specifically designed to help individual contributors or recently appointed managers start off on the right path to meet the challenges of leading others, it will also appeal to more experienced managers who perceive the need to change how they lead in order to improve their effectiveness.


At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self leadership and management
  • Avoid common pitfalls when leading
  • Leverage their strengths and neutralize their limitations to develop as leaders
  • Behave in ways that build and maintain trustful relationships
  • Actively listen to develop relationships and communicate to generate results
  • Use several influence strategies to overcome resistance and gain commitment
  • Identify how they prefer to lead and flex their style according to the situation in order to be more effective
  • Practice effective team member and leader behaviours
  • Create their own personal development plan to develop into the leader they are capable of becoming

Topics Covered

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Self-awareness
  • Stress & Time Management
  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Power & Influence
  • Leadership Styles
  • Team Membership & Leadership
  • Continuous Learning


Robert E. Saggers, PhD

 Bob Saggers

Bob is founder and principal associate of Robert Saggers & Associates, Learning-Leadership Consultants Inc. A management consultant, he has gained expertise in organizational learning and leadership-management development over the last thirty years as a corporate human resource manager, consultant, and adult educator. Training and coaching virtually is representing an increasing percentage of his consulting practice. A life-long learner, he completed at doctorate in instructional psychology and adult education at McGill University in 2009; his doctoral thesis investigated leadership learning and effectiveness. He has been teaching graduate workshops in human resource management and leadership at McGill’s School of Continuing Education since 1988 and was appointed adjunct professor by its Faculty of Education in 2010. Additionally, he has and continues to play a leading role developing others in professional and volunteer-based organizations.


James Hunter

James Hunter

James Beatty Hunter is a consultant in leadership development, working with individuals and corporations to advance their leadership learning needs and goals.

He began his career in media and communications, working in the 1990s in New York and Toronto in the television and film industries as a production advisor, creative analyst, story editor and writer. After a brief period living abroad teaching, in 2001 he shifted over to workgroup supervision, project management and business development in the telecommunications industry. Seeing the need for greater awareness of leadership issues within middle-management, and understanding already the overarching influence of narrative within corporate culture and individuals’ own stories, he began specializing in leadership studies and leadership development shortly thereafter, with emphases on building self-awareness, self-leadership, creativity, and effective and supportive communication. He is a co-founder and partner in TRT Universal, a management consultancy firm specializing in leadership development for individuals and organizations. He is also an associate of Robert Saggers & Associates. He has worked in leadership development and management consultancy in the real estate, telecommunications, civil aviation, and education industries. He is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (Step I & II) and is currently working towards his certification in co-active coaching with The Coaches Institute of San Rafael, California. He teaches the graduate level course “Leadership Theory and Practice” for the School of Continuing Studies.

His ongoing research interests include the development of leadership capabilities within and for transitional periods, and how narrative can help with the effective development of personal and corporate identity and its place in fostering leadership. He is also fascinated in how both cognitive and behavioral approaches to understanding psychology together lead to dynamic leadership development.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454

E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca