Learning to Lead Workshops: 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 Learning to Lead workshops begin August 2017 and must be completed by May 1, 2018 in order to receive Learning to Lead notation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).
Attend any five workshops that work within your daily schedule. If you complete five workshops within one academic year (fall/winter semesters), you will have Learning to Lead annotated on your CCR.
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Learning to Lead Workshops
What is Leadership?
What does being a leader mean to you? Your definition of leadership arises from your unique experiences, feedback, reflection, role models, theories, and through discovering your passions/goals. This workshop will aid you reflect on your own experiences, previous role models, and feedback, as well as go through leadership models, showcasing the evolution of the idea of leadership.
Refining Your Skills: Group Dynamics
To what extent are you analytical, amiable, expressive, a driver? This workshop will help you discover your own working style and how that influences your interactions with others. You will explore group dynamics and reflect on how a better understanding of these topics and improve both your leadership and communication skills to use both at University and beyond.
Exploring Leadership & Passions
Are you filling each day with what you’re passionate about? Many people feel like they can’t identify their passions or that they don’t know how to incorporate them into daily life. It’s also possible that you might already be living a life of passion without even recognizing it! Within this workshop, we will investigate where your talents may lie, how these relate in to your passions, and connect these with leadership opportunities within the U of T community.
Goal Setting & Reflection
What is important to you; what are your interests, values, and goals? This interactive workshop will challenge you to clarify the goals you want to set and work towards in various areas of your life. We will lead you through a guided reflection to help you discover and identify personal, academic, and professional goals during your time at UofT.
Transformation through Visioning
What are your values, goals, and vision for the near or distant future? Vision and values are two of the most important leadership tools used in transformation (whether that be transforming an organization, rebuilding a group, or for personal development and intention setting). Within this workshop you will be able to understand more about your values, what is important to you–and what visioning looks like in relation to these values. Come out to explore more about yourself!
Leadership & Mindfulness
From the moment you wake up, you’re bombarded with distractions. Emails clog your inbox, requests pile up, and notifications flicker in the background. Within moments your attention is scattered. Given the realities of today’s 24/7 world, how do great leaders slow down and focus in order to make thoughtful decisions? In this workshop we will identify mindfulness strategies that are easy, effective and enjoyable; further, we will look at how mindfulness practices are connected into leadership - and may enhance your leadership abilities.
Additional Workshops (Count towards Learning to Lead)
Within this workshop you will have an introduction to mentorship – and how mentorship and leadership are interconnected. You will be able to practice listening and discovering more with the power of empathy. Learn about barriers with developing relationships and practice goal setting, strength based conversations and feedback.
Talking to New People
Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction? Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful.
Creating an Inclusive Environment
As a leader what does it mean to create an inclusive environment? In this workshop we will look at the idea of inclusive-ness and creation of an inclusive environment. We will discuss the aspects of power and how this is impacted as a leader. By the end of this session you will have some strategies to create a welcoming, open environment.
Have your meetings been dry, not well attended or unorganized? This session will teach participants how to facilitate effective, meaningful and exciting meetings for their campus organization. The session will explore setting and writing effective agendas, planning and organizing meetings, facilitating dialogue, responding to questions and issues, and writing minutes. Once the basics of effective meetings are covered, we will look at transforming meetings into engaging and dynamic opportunities to build team spirit.
We talk a lot about “equity,” but what do we really mean? How does it relate to our everyday lives? This workshop explores these questions while also creating a space for us to think about what commitments we can make around continuing to learn more while putting what we have learned into action.
Communication & Conflict
Understanding communication and conflict is essential to having a mutually beneficial experience with others. As leadership involves engaging in a process of collaboratively working with others towards a shared purpose, conflict and disagreement are inevitable. This workshop will explore how conflict arises and how to transform conflict effectively by moving from fixed positions to understanding peoples interests through various communication techniques.
Participants in this session will learn how to deliver effective positive and constructive feedback. Feedback is a crucial element in group progress and success and helpful in working through conflict. Participants will learn the important theories and tips behind delivering and receiving feedback. They will also have hands-on opportunities to practice giving feedback in a safe and inclusive learning environment. Case studies and real world examples will be used to help organization members develop strategies to deliver feedback. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on past feedback given and received, and the outcomes of that feedback, as well as time to develop goals towards giving feedback within their organization.
Encouraging the Leadership of Others
This workshop is aimed at experienced leaders who are looking to encourage and engage new and younger members of their group in leadership opportunities. Based on Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge, great leaders “enable others to act.” This workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss and strategize creating opportunities for other leaders.
Moving up in New Roles and Leadership
This workshop is aimed at students who will be taking on new executive roles or positions of leadership within their organization. In this session, we will explore what leadership is, accountability, working with others, leading peers, communication and managing expectations and conflict. This will be a great opportunity to meet peers who are also transitioning into new roles, to ask questions and talk about your hopes and fears for your new role. We will also be talking about goal setting, inspiring a shared vision and planning for next year.
Know Your Skills
Learn how to identify and talk about your skills, and feel more confident in communicating your experiences to professionals and employers. You are continuously developing essential and transferable skills through your academic and co-curricular experiences. This session will help you learn how to identify and articulate your skills, and feel more confident in communicating your experiences to professionals and employers.
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Exploring Meaningful Work
Learn about how your interests, values and strengths can help you identify possible career possibilities. Wondering about what kind of work might feel meaningful to you? This session will help you reflect on your interests, values and strengths to identify possible career possibilities by asking questions like: What do I like to do? What matters to me? What am I good at?
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This workshop will explore the important role that appreciation and recognition plays when it comes to membership retention and fulfilment. Participants will learn different ways that people like to be appreciated and learn how to give meaningful appreciation based on the recipient. Appreciation is an important aspect of ending a year and crucial to closing the year for both the recipient and giver of the appreciation. We will talk about the logistics, budgeting and planning for recognition, and also reflect and discuss as a group different ways to acknowledge members within an organization.
Reflection is a key part of any leadership or group experience. It allows for an opportunity to think about your actions and results and determine ways of moving forward. This session will give you an opportunity to participate in a guided reflection, as well as learn about some tools to guide your group through reflection.
Group Dynamics & Team Building
Understanding what makes your group “tick” is crucial to group productivity and success. In this session, you will gain a solid understanding of Group Development theories and how they relate to your organization and team. Participants will be able to engage in discussions around effective team development and team building with one another. Participants will have the opportunity to share in fun, dynamic and developmental team builders and ideas for building their organization’s community. After attending this session, participants will walk away feeling confident and energized to build their team and motivate others in their organization.
Motivating Your Team
Being involved can provide many opportunities for connection and learning. Often, we join or lead a group because we are passionate about a certain topic, issue or area of skill development. When we are balancing so many tasks and responsibilities, it is normal for this passion and excitement to fade. So how we reconnect and inspire our fellow leaders when interest and engagement is low? In this session, you will learn how to energize and reinvigorate others while fostering collaboration within the team. You will learn to identify what people want to do and how to coach them to get there. Participants will practice the art of encouragement and explore how to genuinely motivate others!
Advanced Conflict: Dealing with Difficult People
Conflict is inevitable. Sometimes conflict resolution and transformation can be hard to achieve and in some cases, impossible. In this session, participants will identify and practice various communication styles while grappling with tough scenarios. Leaders will strategize on how their organization can resolve problems that have viable solutions. Participants will learn about facilitation techniques for managing tough conversations and figuring out the best next step when dealing with difficult people and sensitive situations.
The Intercultural Learning Module aims to have participants re-think culture, recognize culture in daily interactions, and strengthen intercultural communication skills. Come join us for this workshop facilitated by the CIE (Centre for International Experience) and begin to understand and become aware of how our individual experiences have shaped how we engage with others.
Understanding and Responding to Microaggressions
This session will explore what microaggressions are and how understanding them can help us to create more inclusive environments. We will also explore ways to address them in everyday situations.
Self-Care for Student Leaders
Student leaders build communities, organize activities and inspire change. It’s exhausting! Investing in being happy, healthy and well provides a foundation for achieving balance and sustaining success in any leadership role. This session on self-care explores what it means to feel good and function well as a student leader. Drawing on recent evidence from the study of well-being, you’ll be introduced a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and prevent burn-out so you can be at your best.
Prioritization: Tools & Techniques
Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, states: “The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”. This workshop will identify strategies to improve prioritization through discussion of effective tools and techniques. You will begin to understand the importance of managing your energy (not your time) while working as a leader in your campus organization. We will engage in conversations and activities that allow you to identify behaviours and attitudes that encourage restoration amongst prioritizing what’s “important” in your organization.