Leadership Workshops

The following leadership development workshops are being scheduled now for the 2023/24 academic year.  These workshops are also available on-demand for groups and can be adapted in terms of time and content.   Please use this form and ask about any of the following offerings by including the title of the workshop or contact joan.butterworth [at] mcgill.ca

Also see our Emerging Leaders Program and workshops!

Conflict Management and Resolution for Graduate Students & Postdocs

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Practice conflict management skills in negotiation stimulation.
  • Identify different conflict management styles and tools.
  • Generate guidelines for effective conflict handling based on reflecting on conflicts.

Learn leadership skills work across potential disputes to balance your positionality & needs with the potentially conflicting desires of others in this interactive workshop. Conflict management styles and related tools explored in this workshop will allow you to better understand yourself and how you can collaborate more effectively with other people. Professionalism skills relating to self-knowledge and managing relationships are at the very core of our ability to manage conflict with greater insight and create more positive outcomes. PLUS common scenarios that graduate students and postdocs experience explored.

Workshop date for Fall 2023 is Fri., Nov. 3 (10-11:45am) register here!

Facilitation Skills - Advanced

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • articulate the main responsibilities of a facilitator.
  • identify tools of facilitation (group norms or ground rules, debriefing model, icebreakers).
  • respect and appreciate the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups.
  • appreciate how ethics, morals, and values relate to leadership dilemmas.
  • communicate effectively (utilizing written and spoken word, non-verbal language, electronic tools, and listening skills) in order to develop relationships, manage conflicts, and work across differences.
  • recognize how my own personal identities shape my leadership.
  • collaborate and constructively engage with others.

Whether you’re a new or aspiring student leader, learning how to facilitate groups will help you reach your full potential. In this Facilitation Skills workshop, you’ll learn skills to successfully lead and guide groups (including student discussions). Facilitating requires a range of sophisticated communication skills. Most of us are not trained facilitators; we employ strategies discovered largely through trial and error. Join a group of like-minded student leaders to explore and practice essential and advanced facilitation skills, tools and more!

Workshop date for Winter Semester 2024 is Wednesday, April 24 (2-4:30pm). Come to both if you can but attend either one based on your availabilites!

Level Up: The Changemaker's Guide to Leadership and Teamwork

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • engage in a learning community through sharing, interactions, experimentation.
  • recognize and welcome inclusive practices into team settings.
  • practice strategic collective processes such as the decision-making in a context of crisis.
  • define actions to be implemented to develop resilience as leaders, teams and learners.
  • experience how to lay the ground for creative destruction by doing the hard work in a fun way.
  • Clarify one's purpose and next steps for the future.

The intention of this two part workshop is to empower participants to develop personal leadership skills and strategies for operating in a range of plausible yet unpredictable futures. (workshops are usually 2 hours each)

Workshop dates for May 2024 coming soon!

Leadership Development for Grad students and Postdocs

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize essential elements of leadership
  • Develop your own personal philosophy and approach to leadership
  • Engage in a leadership learning community through interactions, experimentation, and sharing.
  • Reflect and learn more about ‘managing up’ and seeking satisfaction at work

How important is it to be a good leader and/or work well in a team as a graduate student or postdoc? Leadership and teamwork will definitely be a part of your experiences as you pursue your academic goals here AND this session offers you the opportunity to dive into why the best leaders are learners! Consider important aspects of leadership along with contemporary frameworks, what is integral to creating cohesive, effective teams and more during an interactive 60 minutes.

This workshop is offered on Wednesday, August 23 from 10:30 -11:30am in Leacock 26 (as part of Grad Orientation workshops). Check back later for Winter 2024 dates.

Researching Yourself: Cultivating a Leadership Mindset

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Engage in a learning community through sharing, interactions, experimentation.
  • Reflect on meaningful concepts like emotional agility and mindsets individually.
  • Clarify one's purpose and next steps for the future.
  • Reflect and learn more about ‘managing up’ and seeking satisfaction at work.

How important is it for you as a student to be intentional about your leadership mindset? We all bring our own mental models of beliefs, values, and perspectives to our work and studies. But what is the level of impact of this with how we lead and interact with others? This interactive workshop will explore current trends related to cultivating a leadership mindset. Our goal will be to identify meaningful steps you can take in developing personal leadership skills and strategies to help you become the best leader you can be and have greater impact. We will work with you to help you realize your goals, develop new skills and reflect on how to achieve your objectives. (workshops are usually 90 minutes each)

Workshop date for Winter 2024 is Friday, April 26 (10:00am to 12:00pm).

Speaking to Your Strengths

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Gain more clarity about your personal qualities and strengths.
  • Become more confident in talking about your personal qualities and strengths in an interview.
  • Practice writing a clarification statement to help commit to exploring a new direction for career development.
  • Identify a small action that will help you towards achieving a strengths-based development goal.

This workshop is a great opportunity to practice Interview Skills including how to prepare and confidently answer common interview questions by articulating who you are, storytelling, and listening! Focus on impactfully building your self-knowledge by gaining clarity around your strengths and interests so you can speak to them more confidently with employers. (workshop is usually 90 minutes long)

Workshop date for Winter semester 2024 is Tues., April 16 (10:00-11:30am)

Sustainable Leadership: Power and Change

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Gain awareness of bases of power framework
  • Consider what type of leader brings out the best in you
  • Recognize essential elements of leadership
  • Connect to your own professionalism and setting thrilling, important, daunting goals

What kind of leaders inspire the best from you? The way a leader behaves toward you, how effectively you work individually and/or as a team often depends on the source of the leaders power. In this workshop learn about bases of power, explore leadership, change and role models as well as consider ways to setting goals to be transformational and thrilling! The best leaders are learners! (workshop is usually 2 hours)

Workshop dates have passed, check back on April 15 for Spring 2024 dates.

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