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Ivey Leadership Program

Develop your leadership skills to improve your organization's performance.

In order to deliver long-term results for both you and your organization, you need to lead, not manage.

Building on your experience and analysis of your personal leadership style, the Ivey Leadership Program will help you develop your leadership potential. With enhanced insights and judgment, you will confidently make the shift from managing to leading.

Through case studies, team-building exercises, a 360-degree assessment and post-program coaching, you will journey from a deeper self-awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader through to the skills you need to drive performance, orchestrate change and develop a leadership culture within your organization.

Faculty Director, David Loree talks about how the Ivey Leadership Program will help you become a leader who drives performance.

Upcoming Sessions

Join us for one of our upcoming sessions.

Sending multiple employees? This program is offered in a customized format for groups of 15+. Contact us for details.

Who Should Attend?

Mid- to senior-level leaders with at least 10 years’ experience in any area of an organization who want to become more effective leaders.

What You Learn

Learning is organized around the core themes of Leading Individuals and Teams for Exceptional Performance, Strategic Leadership, Managing your Personal Leadership Development, Leading Change, and Inter-personal Leadership.

Leading Individuals and Teams for Exceptional Performance

Performance Management

  • Understand the key variables leading to continuing performance in a role: abilities, motivation, resources, direction and recognition of success
  • Identify the levers that leaders can pull to influence these variables
  • Be able to use this framework to address individual and team performance issues and find the points at which intervention is required

One-on-One Leadership

  • Understand the key elements in the coach-employee relationship
  • Learn how to give candid and constructive feedback in a variety of performance situations
  • Develop your listening skills, appreciating both content and feeling in communications
  • Identify what you need to do to have employees take ownership and accountability for issues and performance improvement goals

Choosing and Developing Leaders

  • Identify key issues in attracting, selecting, deploying, developing and retaining talent
  • Learn how to spot potential leadership talent at early stages of people’s careers
  • Understand the key elements in performance management and the levers that leaders can pull to ensure maximum performance levels
  • Focus on the key factors to consider when making promotions to senior management and executive positions
  • Examine ways of developing the talent pool in your organization to ensure effective succession management

Building Exceptional Teams

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of working in teams as opposed to individually
  • Examine how teams make high-stake decisions in stressful situations
  • Identify the characteristics of highly effective teams: Composition, Tasking, Process and Leadership
  • Learn how to encourage constructive dissent and develop consensus
  • Avoid the potential problems associated with highly cohesive teams

Strategic Leadership

The Leadership Role

  • Develop a winning business strategy and a profitable business model based on a clearly defined value proposition
  • Align all elements of the organization around that model – specifically, organizational structure, systems, people and culture – so that value can be both created and claimed
  • Maintain focus and discipline; avoid strategic drift
  • Establish a culture and systems that identify mistakes early and fix them quickly

Exceptional Leadership

  • Focus on what exceptional leaders actually DO
  • Examine the key competencies of outstanding leaders
  • Understand the elements of leadership character that distinguish good and poor leaders

Managing Your Personal Leadership Development

  • Understand how to manage your own career as well as those for whom you are responsible
  • Recognize some of the personal issues associated with being a “high potential,” as well as the factors that lead to derailment in a leadership career
  • Learn how to be a leader-breeder rather than a leader-blocker Identify where, when and how to intervene as a mentor or coach
  • Participate in a 360 degree evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader
  • Develop your own personal coaching and mentoring plan

Leading Change

  • Develop insight into the reasons people often resist change
  • Identify the strategies and tactics you can use to overcome resistance to change and build support for your initiatives
  • Understand the eight common mistakes in leading change, and how to avoid them
  • Explore the intersection between intended, emergent and realized strategy in successful change efforts
  • Assess your strengths and weaknesses as a change leader, and how to improve your leadership skills
  • Identify tactics to shift / shape the values of people to align with your strategies (understanding it doesn’t happen overnight!)
  • How to manage the tension between strategic planning and execution in a real time environment

Inter-personal Leadership

Developing and Getting Commitment

  • Practice your skills at getting commitment from employees in performance management situations
  • Get feedback on your coaching skills and give yourself the opportunity to improve
  • Empower people to generate and commit to alternative ways of achieving required goals
  • Understand how to tap into people’s expectations and values in order to motivate behaviours and commitment to goal attainment

Negotiating Effectively

  • How to assess and use your position of strength, and the importance of trust in building collaborative relationships
  • Incorporating contingencies to resolve conflicts
  • Building sustainable agreements and increasing interdependence

Leading Through Influence and Persuasion

  • Understand that the key to successful leadership is the effective use of influence rather than reliance on authority, direction and command-and-control
  • Develop best practices around presenting your arguments to others to secure buy-in
  • Identify and focus on the behaviours that leaders use to persuade people and enlist their support
  • Focus on the different bases of influence and how they can each be used to develop coalitions and allies
  • Learn how and when to use different strategies and tactics to build support for your leadership


How You Learn

This is Not about Text Books and Lectures

If you are having a hard time imagining yourself in a classroom again, keep in mind that the Ivey Leadership Program is designed with busy leaders in mind. It is an engaging, interactive experience that draws on the vast perspectives that you and your classmates will bring to the program. Our real-world Case-Method of Learning is not about textbooks and lectures – it’s about learning by doing. Using case studies you’ll put yourself in the role of decision-maker and take on real challenges faced by real companies to gain practical hands-on experience. You’ll come away with new knowledge and ideas that are directly applicable to your business and that will have immediate impact.

Create Immediate Impact

Throughout the program, you will track your learning outcomes and pinpoint specific initiatives to implement. You leave knowing exactly how you will apply your new knowledge and skills, and a self-developed implementation plan to start your impact once back in the office.

Past Participants


Finance: 25% Not-for-profit: 7%
Public Sector: 15% Technology: 6%
Manufacturing: 10% Agriculture: 4%
Oil and Gas/Energy: 10% Other: 15%
Service: 8%  


55 and older: 6% 40 - 44: 33%
50 - 54: 10% 35 - 39: 14%
45 - 49: 31% 30 - 34: 6%

Select Participating Organizations

AltaGas Ltd. Bayer
Bell Canada Bridgestone
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Cargill Cisco 
Dollarama  General Dynamics Land Systems
Grand Tierra Energy Hewlett-Packard
Industry Canada Lafarge
George Weston Ltd. J.D. Irving
Manulife Financial Mendocino
Rogers Communications Scotiabank
Suncor TD Bank Group
Union Gas Workopolis

Participant Testimonials

“First class experience – I now understand why Ivey has the reputation of being one of Canada’s top business schools. The faculty is top notch with high academic skills coupled with an amazing emotional and intellectual engagement with all their students. The methodology used to facilitate learning is highly engaging – providing the learner with knowledge, skills and tools to be an effective leader.”

—Ken Dufault, Vice President & General Manager, Medigas Manitoba Ltd.

“If you are at all interested in gaining an edge – learning about how you can be an exceptional leader and how that can translate into business results, then this is a great use of your time and investment.”

—Alison DeMuy, Senior Manager, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network


David Loree

Faculty Director
David Loree

Professor Loree joined the Ivey School of Business in July 2000. Before moving to Ivey, he was a faculty member in the Management Department at Texas A&M University, where he served as a core faculty member of the full-time MBA program. David received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Bradley University, an MBA from University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Organizations, Strategy, and International Management from University of Texas. Before moving into executive education, he previously worked as a design and reliability engineer with Texas Instruments, Inc. on various national defense-related projects.

David has received the Ivey Teaching Innovation Award for innovative course design and curriculum. He currently teaches in the areas of leadership, management behaviour and change management for the core MBA programs in Canada as well as the Executive MBA programs in Canada.

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Fernando Olivera

Fernando Olivera

Associate Professor
R.L. (Lyn) Purdy

R.L. (Lyn) Purdy

Associate Professor,Deans' Office

Where You Learn

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

London, Ontario, Canada

Housed in a Georgian manor situated on 30 beautifully landscaped acres of parkland, Ivey’s residential executive centre is minutes from Western University and the Ivey Business School.