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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Public Sector: 15%
Oil and Gas/Energy: 10%
55 and older: 6%
40 - 44: 33%
50 - 54: 10%
35 - 39: 14%
45 - 49: 31%
30 - 34: 6%
Select Participating Organizations
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
General Dynamics Land Systems
Grand Tierra Energy
George Weston Ltd.
TD Bank Group
“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
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.
Muthu Chandrasekaran, Senior Vice President, Energy Pipelines at Pure Technologies Ltd., explains how the Ivey Leadership Program (2017) has given him a high level of confidence and a framework to continually evolve as a leader.
Leila Verheyen, Director, Corporate & Foundation Partnerships at CNIB, explains how the Ivey Leadership Program (2016) allowed her to explore her leadership potential in an environment outside the not-for-profit realm.