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Leadership Development

Core Courses

Develop a foundation in leadership skills

Starting with the Leadership Overview, you will complete 117 hours of core courses. You'll look at topics ranging from communication and conflict to diversity and team-building.

Leadership Overview • LDCT 500V (12 hours) Schedule

As the workplace becomes more complex and diverse the role of the supervisor is ever expanding. The more skills you have, the better equipped you will be to do the job. The Situational Leadership model will explain the various styles of leadership and when they are most appropriately used. You will also discuss change and diversity as fundamental issues in today's workplace. This course will provide the foundation for the Leadership Development Program and is a core requirement for the Certificate.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  • Describe the skills necessary to be an effective leader;
  • Identify the impact of changing from worker to leader;
  • Apply theories on motivation in a practical and effective way;
  • Explain the concept of situational leadership;
  • Describe four basic leadership styles and indicate when each is the best choice;
  • Identify their personal leadership style;
  • Understand and apply the concepts of empowerment and delegation;
  • Understand the impact of organizational culture on leadership effectiveness; and
  • Describe the change process and the leader's role in implementing and managing change.

Prerequisites: None


Workplace Communication • LDCT 501V (12 hours) Schedule

Your success in the workplace both as an employee and a supervisor will depend on your ability to communicate.  Learn the critical components of effective communication and the different ways we communicate beyond the words we say.  You will also develop a new appreciation for the role of effective questioning and active listening skills.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  • Recognize common communication barriers and 'filters' that affect communication
  • Develop helpful questioning and clarifying techniques
  • Demonstrate improved 'active' listening techniques
  • Understand the role of non-verbal communication
  • Identify and analyze their preferred communication style

Prerequisite: None


Managing Workplace Conflict • LDCT 502V (12 hours) Schedule

Conflict is normal and inevitable. Even though our associations with conflict may often be negative working to resolve these differences is often a constructive growth experience – both for the organization and the individual.  This introductory workshop explores concepts and skills that help people prevent, manage or work through conflict in a way that minimizes destructive conflict dynamics and maximizes mutual benefits.  Note: Workplace Communication (LDCT 501V) is recommended before learners register for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  • Describe the costs and functions of conflict in the workplace
  • Identify sources of conflict in the workplace
  • Identify factors which escalate and de-escalate conflict and use this awareness to minimize the destructive elements of conflict
  • Describe their own preferred conflict resolution style and how it interacts with other styles in the workplace
  • Create and maintain a collaborative atmosphere for managing workplace conflicts and negotiating mutually beneficial outcomes
  • Clarify and understand their own and other's issues, interests and feelings involved in specific workplace conflicts
  • Problem solve collaboratively for mutual gain or win/win resolutions

Prerequisites: None


Problem Solving & Decision Making • LDCT 503V (9 hours) Schedule

As a leader, a large part of your responsibility is anticipating and addressing potential problems.  Once identified you need to make important decisions to solve these problems.  Your ability to do this well will be enhanced if you understand the risks and the processes involved as well as the impact your decisions have on others. The objective of this course is to provide you with an understanding of tools and techniques to perform problem and solution identification, to build implementation plans, and to confirm successful results.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  • Recognize, target and analyze a problem
  • Employ individual and participative problem solving and decision making techniques
  • Discuss the importance of making decisions using sound reasoning, knowledge and adequate risk assessment
  • Understand effective leadership roles in the different problem solving processes
  • Discuss the critical processes of finding solutions and making decisions
  • Compensate for the pitfalls of group dynamics
  • Create implementation plans and monitor results and outcomes
  • Consider one's own values, beliefs and biases when making decisions and taking action
  • Create solutions for a real-time problems

Prerequisites: None


Leadership and Organizational Culture • LDCT 519V (6 hours) Schedule

What is the culture of the organization? Although there are a variety of definitions, there is general agreement that culture is an important factor affecting behaviour, performance results and the effectiveness of change. You will explore the concept of organizational culture, how it is created, developed and managed. Using a diagnostic instrument, you will identify the shared values and beliefs in your organization and focus on the implications of that cultural perspective for your leadership role.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  • Define the concept of organizational culture
  • Identify the culture that is predominant in the organization
  • Understand the impact of culture on your leadership style
  • Understand the role of leaders in creating and modifying organizational culture
  • Develop strategies for creating/enhancing a learning culture

Prerequisite: None


Personally Effective Leadership • LDCT 524V (15 hours) Schedule

The cornerstone of effective leadership is personal mastery.  Using 360 feedback, small group exercises and reflective practice, this module is designed to increase self-awareness and personal efficacy.  Participants will be given activities to complete between sessions in order to deepen their learning and build a foundation for on-going leadership development. Given that this module requires previous understanding of leadership principles and the capacity for personal introspection, it is likely that participants will derive greater benefit if it is taken later in the program.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, learners will be better able to:

  1. Identify the critical elements of personally effective leadership by:
    • Enhancing their understanding of personal mastery;
    • Developing a self-reflective practice to enhance self-awareness;
    • Using 360 feedback to enhance their leadership practice;
    • Identifying personal values; and
    • Creating a clear personal vision.
  2. Identify ways to continue their own growth and development.
  3. Utilize self-reflective tools to increase self-awareness.
  4. Identify resources and options for continued learning; and
  5. Create a personal learning plan aimed at continued development.

Prerequisite: None


Leadership Program - Assessment • LDCT 699V Schedule

This self-directed module is the final requirement for the Certificate in Leadership Development.  You will be given an assignment outline to assist you in the completion of a written submission or a face-to-face presentation that will demonstrate your general knowledge and abilities in the area of Leadership. Completion of a minimum of 141 hours of core and elective modules is required. Once you have completed all the required hours, please contact the Program Coordinator by phone (250-370-4565) or email (sofbus@camosun.bc.ca) to be provided with the materials needed to complete the assessment.

Prerequisites: Completion of 141 program hours (117 core, 24 elective) and Permission from the Program Coordinator.

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