Leadership for graduate students
The leadership competencies required to run effective group processes are needed in research groups, committee meetings, the classroom and beyond – and not just for those who hold formal leadership positions. Learn how to put leadership theory into action by improving your skills and knowledge in group facilitation, collaborative visioning, organizational communication and reflective practices.
How it works
Over the course of the academic year, graduate students have the choice of attending up to 5 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 3 of the 5 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.
Please 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. Thank you for understanding.
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The Leadership for Graduate Students programming will consist of the following 5 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 over time and how modern leadership theory and practice impacts you in a personal and professional context. You will also leave with an understanding of how to apply these theories into practice in your daily lives.
Shared visions provide the foundation for collaboration, growth and change. Experience the process of “visioning” as an important step toward achieving your and your team’s goals and aspirations. We will be sharing techniques for long and short-term goal-setting so you can come away with practical strategies for developing a shared vision for your life, your leadership and your team. Let's get productive!
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 upon strategies to encourage individual participation and engagement. Come gain the essential skills, tools and techniques needed to be a successful facilitator!
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. More specifically, we will look at how downward, upward and horizontal communication is connected to leadership and management styles. You will gain insight by asking yourself: 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 clear and conscious communicator?
Making Meaning of Your Leadership Journey
How often do you intentionally reflect on the success or effectiveness of a meeting, or the impact of an event/program/lecture etc.? Join us in learning the value of reflection, practice reflection activities and strategize ways to include reflection in our lives – along with incorporating it into leading a group. Further, you will be able to reflect on your own leadership journey and understand where your path may lead you after this session!