Leading Others

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Leading Others helps supervisors understand themselves as leaders, develop relationships with others, navigate complex contexts and reach for future possibilities, so that they are forces for a better future in their units and portfolios of work.


This training draws on current research and best practices in the field of leadership, but offers more than you could get from a book or series of videos. Leading Others moves beyond universal abstraction to context-specific application. It challenges participants to get curious about themselves, their people, their context and their desired future and then prioritizes investigation and experimentation in these areas.

In this 6.5 day training, you get the unique experience of:

  1. Core Leadership Traininga variety of topics, from leadership-related neuroscience to conflict resolution, all loaded with tools and techniques that you will practice in-session and then try with your team.
  2. All My Relationstraditional medicine wheel teachings that help develop greater awareness of self and others and greater familiarity with Indigenous approaches to leadership and relationship-building.
  3. Innovation Methods Labsystems thinking and design tools to better understand a real-life, institutionally-relevant challenge. Over time and with practice, these theories and practices can help participants navigate challenges in their specific units.
  4. Reflection and Showcasea collective sharing and celebration of learning.
  5. Coaching (optional)up to one hour of individualized coaching during each intersession break. Coaching is available to help you to integrate your learning into everyday contexts. Coaching time would be in addition to homework time.

Review the program syllabus.


Leading Others is designed for University of Alberta employees who supervise a team.


Jess Robinson Lychak (Lead facilitator)

Jess is a thought partner for leaders who are hungry to learn. She has years of expertise coaching and training executives and teams in the skills of developing trust and accountability, resolving conflict, and enhancing performance. Jess has held leadership roles in not-for-profit arts organizations and the health care sector. She has a Master’s degree in Leadership Development from Royal Roads University and is a Professional Certified Coach. A former actor and director, Jess brings creativity and fun to the design and facilitation of leadership programs.

Ben Weinlick (Innovation methods lab)

Ben is the founder of Think Jar Collective and the Executive Director of Skills Society. An expert in human-centered design thinking, social innovation labs and the tools and culture of disciplined innovation, Ben has spent the last 18 years helping people, organizations and communities to better navigate complex challenges and nudge positive systems change. Ben has a Master’s degree in Leadership Development from Royal Roads University and has been awarded the MacEwan University distinguished alumni award, the Government of Alberta Community Disability Service Sector Leadership Award and Avenue Edmonton (now Edify) magazine's Top 40 under 40 award.

Karen MacKenzie (Indigenous approaches to leadership)

Karen is a proud Cree-Métis woman. She is the Co-Founder and President of MacKintosh Canada and serves as an Elder with Edmonton Catholic Schools and Indigenous Services Canada. She is also a Mentor with the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at St. Francis Xavier University. Karen has a Master’s of Business Administration and held academic leadership posts at the University of Lethbridge and Grant MacEwan College. She brings her traditional knowledge into the contemporary workplace and is committed to the co-creation of a healthy and safe workplace that is inclusive, engaging, and respectful of the land, culture, and aspirations of all but particularly Indigenous peoples.

Kerri Robinson (Leading Change; Coach)

Kerri has always been fascinated by the process of change and how systems can be transformed through precision and critical thinking. Kerri has studied change, as part of her Master's of Business Administration (leadership specialization), and she has led it, in her previous role steering high-stakes capital projects with Alberta Health Services. Kerri currently co-facilitates leadership development sessions with her partner and is a research associate with Royal Roads University on a project related to the intersections between climate change and the health care system. She has a diploma in solution-focused coaching from Erickson International and is working towards her Associate Certified Coach designation.

The program will also feature University of Alberta experts in inclusion, to be announced soon.


This is a 6.5 day, cohort-based program. The pilot will be offered on the following dates:

  • October 6 (11:00am - 12:15pm) - welcome/introductory session
  • October 17 & 18 (8:30am - 4:30pm)
  • November 7 & 8 (8:30am - 4:30pm)
  • November 28 & 29 (8:30am - 4:30pm)
  • December 8 (8:30 - 12:00pm) - participants’ team members and supervisor invited from 9:30 - 10:30am

Participants are expected to:

  • attend all sessions
  • complete pre-work prior to the first day of training (approximately 2 hours); and
  • complete intersession homework (approximately 2-3 hours per week).

Leading Others will be offered twice per year. Dates for the next cohort will be announced in 2023.


The introductory session will be virtual and remote. The rest of Leading Others will be held in-person and on North Campus.


The training costs $650. This fee helps to cover the costs associated with:

  • Expert facilitation
  • Reference materials, including an array of tools and an innovation methods field guide
  • Lunch on each full day of training
  • An hour of one-on-one coaching during each intersession break
  • Venue

If a spot in Leading Others is offered, payment via credit card is required to secure the spot. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding through the Human Resources Development Fund (support staff) or the Professional Expense Reimbursement Program (academic staff).

We are committed to supporting the learning and development of University employees. If cost is a barrier to your participation in this program, please contact us at org.learning@ualberta.ca.


There are 24 spaces available in the pilot.

Selection Process

To be selected, applicants must:

  • supervise a team;
  • commit to attending all training days;
  • commit to completing pre-work and 2-3 hours of homework per week;
  • have the support of their supervisor;

We will also consider whether the applicant’s responses indicate:

  • thoughtfulness about leadership and themselves as a leader;
  • a keen motivation to learn and grow;
  • a demonstrated ability to translate intensive learning into everyday contexts; and
  • alignment with the program objectives.

Preference will be given to participants who have limited leadership training and experience and who are early in their supervisory career.

In our selection, we also strive for diverse faculty/department representation.

If we reach capacity, we will waitlist qualified candidates and offer them priority registration in a future offering.

Application Process

  1. Fill out the online application form (Before beginning, you may review the entire application form here).
  2. Forward the supervisor endorsement form to your supervisor and have them complete it. There will also be a link to the endorsement form in the confirmation email that you will receive when you submit your application form.

Both parts of the application are due by 8:00am on September 26. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be notified on or before September 29.


Contact us at org.learning@ualberta.ca.