How Laurier is Strengthening Leadership Skills and Culture

A case study of Developing leaders at Wilfrid Laurier University
Jim Clemmer with special guest Melanie Will, Manager, Learning and Organizational Development at Wilfrid Laurier University in a fast paced and information-packed webinar.

A Case Study: Developing Leaders at Wilfrid Laurier University

Jim Clemmer with special guest Melanie Will, Manager, Learning and Organizational Development at Wilfrid Laurier University deliver a fast paced and information-packed 60 minute webinar. Jim outlines the latest research on driving positive business results by increasing your leadership effectiveness, and Melanie details the improvements in behaviors and skills across all leadership levels and in all departments at Laurier as they build a strengths-based culture.

What You Will Learn

Extraordinary Leadership

  • Why focus on strengths instead of improving weaknesses?
  • How do ‘soft’ leadership skills impact the bottom-line of my organization?
  • Key leadership competencies that cause leaders and their team/organizations to flounder or flourish
  • The dramatic impact and performance differences between “good” and “extraordinary” leaders
  • Why building on existing strengths is up to 3 x more effective than fixing weaknesses
  • Companion Competencies, cross-training, and non-linear approaches
  • How to correct the problem of many 360 feedback tools

Lessons Learned from Laurier’s Success in Leadership Effectiveness

  • Building individual development plans around strengths, passions and organizational need
  • Peer coaching to follow through and further build personal development plans
  • Fostering culture shift by building strengths and a more positive, motivating environment
  • Using aggregated analysis of 360 data to assess Laurier’s overall leadership effectiveness, staff engagement levels, key competencies for each position, and whether any significant weaknesses need attention.
Melanie Will

About Melanie Will

Melanie Will is the Manager of Organizational Development for Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity. It challenges people to become engaged and aware citizens of an increasingly complex world. It fulfills its mission by advancing knowledge, supporting and enhancing high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and emphasizing co-curricular development of the whole student.

The strengths-based approach to leadership development is very different and contrary to our long conditioning on gap-based learning and development. Once participants let go of irrelevant weaknesses and focus on what matters most, strengthening strengths, the impact is significant. The biggest difference I have noticed with this program is participants’ energy to focus on development planning. When strengths align with passion and organizational need, people are motivated to implement. – Melanie Will

Jim ClemmerAbout Jim Clemmer

Jim Clemmer Wrote the Books on Leadership and Culture Development

Jim and The CLEMMER Group associates have strengthened thousands of managers in hundreds of organizations in boosting leadership skills and culture development for peak performance. Highly customized services include assessments, training design and delivery (or training internal trainers), culture/skill development for higher health and safety, defining/revitalizing vision and values, executive coaching, service/quality improvement, employee engagement, career and succession planning, strategy development and execution. More about Jim