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The purpose of the LEAD program is to build a pipeline of future leaders. Co-Sponsored by CCTS and Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), LEAD is focused on developing the fundamental competencies within junior faculty and staff who are in leadership roles or will be in leadership roles soon.

*Deadline to apply has been extended to August 25, 2021.*

  • Amanda Staiano
  • Kimberly Smith

  • Program Description

    Program Description

    This is a one-year, cohort-based program is designed to enable junior faculty and director level staff to enhance their interpersonal skills, professional skills, and leadership skills. LEAD uses the Leadership Competency Model to provide the framework for the chosen topics.   

    The cohort meets face to face for 1.5-2 hours monthly to learn about themselves, to enhance their interpersonal effectiveness, to advance objectives through building quality teams, and to learn to drive change. In between the monthly sessions, participants will complete tasks they set as part of their goal setting activity. 
  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of the year-long program, participants will be able to:
    • Demonstrate 5 areas their leadership improved
    • Apply concepts to enrich their leadership and personal effectiveness
    • Incorporate tools to enhance their management and measure effectiveness
    • Implement strategies to continue to build leadership skills
  • Curriculum


    Learn:  1st Quarter – Knowing Yourself as a Leader
    Session 1: Program Orientation and Cohort Introductions
    Session 2: Individual Assessment with DISC
    Session 3: Emotional Intelligence

    Enhance:  2nd Quarter – Enhancing Interpersonal Effectiveness
    Session 4: Know Your Values
    Session 5: Negotiation and Scientific Storytelling Skills
    Session 6: Feedback and Difficult Conversations

    Advance: 3rd Quarter – Building Teams
    Session 7: Effective Listening and Communication
    Session 8: Team Processes and Development
    Session 9: Team Problem Solving

    Drive:  4th Quarter – Facilitating Change
    Session 10: Measuring and Evaluating Effectiveness
    Session 11: Initiating and Driving Change
    Session 12: Change Implementation
  • Who should apply?

    Who should apply?

    Participants may be faculty or staff who are committed to enhancing their interpersonal and leadership skills. Each cohort will accept 15-17 participants who have the desire to be leaders within their organizations.

2021-2022 LEAD Cohort Application

Current Cohort
Previous Cohorts


Tyren Lucas, MBA
Program Director

Jean Lambert, MA
Investigator Liaison

Geri Davis
Program Coordinator II