All graduate students need leadership competencies to run effective group processes in research groups, committee meetings and the classroom. Clubs and Leadership Development (CLD) is offering a series of workshops to help graduate students apply leadership theories to their everyday lives.

We encourage all graduate students to read more about this program and learn how they can strengthen their skills in group facilitation, collaborative visioning, organizational communication and reflective practices.


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Full day Leadership for Grads FULL Day
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How it works

Over the course of the academic year, graduate students have the choice of attending unique workshops which are specially tailored to the needs and interests of graduate students at U of T.

Students can gain CCR accreditation for the completion of any three workshops. We encourage participants to take workshops that best suit their needs and passions. These workshops are open to all students, and are geared towards graduate students.

Note: There is a maximum capacity for workshops, so please ensure that if you sign up for a workshop you attend (so you do not take a space away from someone else). If there is low registration, some workshops may be cancelled or condensed in time. You will be given at least 48 hours notice if this happens. 

Workshop offerings


We have tailored several skills-development workshops to fulfill the needs and interests of graduate students at U of T. These workshops are open to all graduate students throughout the academic year.

To register, please make sure you are logged in to CLNx prior to clicking on the link above to take you directly to the registration page.

Register now for Leadership for Grads workshops.


Group Dynamics & Leadership: What Makes a Good Leader?

Join us in this session to explore the concept of leadership as connected to group dynamics, leadership theories and your own personal experiences. Discover how views on leadership have evolved and how modern leadership theory and practice impacts you in a personal and professional context. You will also learn how to apply leadership theories in your daily life.

Friday, January 10, 2020 12 – 2 p.m. 21 Sussex Clubhouse, Room 503

Register on the CLNx.


Feeling like a Fraud: "Imposterness"

Graduate students frequently question their competencies, abilities and accomplishments in research and teaching. This questioning causes many graduate students to feel like impostors in academia. This workshop aims to break down imposter syndrome and provide tools on how to manage feelings of “imposterness”.

Monday, January 20, 2020 5 – 7 p.m. Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 313

Register on the CLNx


Collaborative Visioning

Shared visions provide the foundation for collaboration, growth and change. Experience the process of “visioning” as an important step toward achieving both your own and your team’s goals and aspirations. We will be sharing techniques for long and short-term goal-setting so you can learn practical strategies for developing a shared vision for your life, your leadership and your team.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6 – 8 p.m. Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 313

Register on the CLNx.


Navigating Uncertainty 

Have you ever felt uncertain? Ever felt like you didn’t know what to do next? Let’s talk about it! Feelings of uncertainty are pretty common, so we want to create a space where we can talk about this icky feeling in an authentic way. We will review the concept of social scripts (Tomkins, 1979) as a lens to understand what underpins feelings of uncertainty, and some approaches and strategies you can use to overcome those feelings.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 3 – 5 p.m. 21 Sussex Clubhouse Meeting, Room 503

Register on the CLNx.

Facilitating a Team

Learn about your role as a group facilitator and the impact you can have your group's dynamics. In this interactive workshop, we will examine, discuss and reflect on strategies to encourage individual participation and engagement. You will learn the essential skills, tools and techniques to become a successful facilitator!

Monday, March 2, 2020 5 – 7 p.m. Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 313

Register on the CLNx.


Identifying Transferable Skills (Masters, PhDs & PDFs)

*Run in conjunction with Career Exploration and Education. 

You have developed essential skills through your academic, professional and co-curricular experiences. In this workshop you will learn how to recognize and articulate these competencies, and how to identify future opportunities to demonstrate or enhance your skills.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12 – 2 p.m. 66 Harboard St., Grad Room

Register on the CLNx


Making Meaning of Your Leadership Journey

How often do you intentionally reflect on the success or effectiveness and impact of a meeting, event, program or lecture? Join us in learning the value of reflection, practice reflection activities and strategize ways to include reflection in your life. Further, you will be able to reflect on your own leadership journey and understand where your path may lead you after this session.

Monday, March 20, 2020 12 – 2 p.m. Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 313

Register on the CLNx.


Organizational Communication: Exploring Leadership & Management

How is the communication process affected by the structure of an organization? In this session, we will explore how formal and informal communication can influence relationships and a sense of agency within a group or team. We will look at how downward, upward and horizontal communication is connected to leadership and management styles. You will gain insight by asking yourself more thoughtful questions: 

  • How can I communicate more effectively in my organization?
  • How does my role and social location influence the flow of information and team productivity?
  • How can I be a more clear and conscious communicator?

Friday, April 3, 2020 12 – 2 p.m. Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 313

Register on the CLNx.

Leadership for Grads FULL Day

Join the conversation about grad life at U of T and connect with other members of the grad community. 

Sign up for the full day or for individual workshops. Lunch will be provided to full day participants. To sign up for the full day, please register for all three workshops. 

When: Friday, February 21, 2020

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), Room 8280

Address: 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Workshops offered at the full day Leadership for Grads: 

A reflection activity will follow Workshop 3. The day will finish by 4 p.m. 

Register on the CLNx at the links above. To register for the full day of workshops, you will need to register for all three workshops separately.

If you have questions, please email

Custom workshops

If you have a group of students who would like a custom workshop, you can read more about customized training and fill out a request form.

Contact us

Question? Email