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Leadership Fundamentals: Lead 4 Success™

Leadership isn't just defined by the job title...

...It's about developing the perspective, skills and personal style to get results that matter.

Northwestern’s Leadership Fundamentals Program: Lead 4 Success™ offered in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership,  gives individual contributors the necessary tools to excel in your current role and prepare for future roles at the University.  The 2 day experience is focused on developing The Fundamental 4 skills (self-awareness, learning agility, influence and communication) that leaders at any level need to master for success.

The teaching model is built on the premise that leadership is not defined by one’s job title, that leadership is a process rather than a person, and that whether or not one is a formal leader, one is engaged in the process of leadership.

Using CCL’s time tested approach to leadership development we incorporate:

The Fundamental 4:  there are four core skills that are important for every leader at every level. The Center for Creative Leadership calls them the Fundamental 4: self-awareness, learning agility, influence, and communication. The Fundamental 4 have endured the test of time and are the basis for the Lead 4 Success™ program, where participants immerse themselves in development, adapt these skills to their own leadership contexts, participate with peers in learning, and share ideas to apply to their leadership lessons to their real world.

Program Goals & Features

During the program participants will learn more and faster using hands-on collaborative team activities to build self-awareness, learning agility, influence and communication.

By applying the lessons from Lead 4 Success™ participants will increase their ability to:

  • Stretch outside of established comfort zones to work with others, solve problems, and drive results.
  • Apply a range of techniques to influence others, often over whom you have no authority, and immediately impact workplace challenges.
  • Accomplish high-quality work faster through relationships and collaboration.
  • Gain a more accurate picture of their leadership abilities.

Program Agenda

Day One Leading Yourself

  • Self-Awareness: How do I use the principles of self-awareness to make conscious decisions about my leadership behavior?
  • Learning Agility: How do I continuously seek, make sense of, internalize and apply lessons from a variety of resources?

Day Two Engaging Others

  • Influence: How do I increase my leadership influence by building trust and leadership networks to lead others?
  • Communication: How do I use active listening, feedback and vision to provide sound direction, firm alignment, and dedicated commitment?

Intended audience and eligibility

The Lead 4 Success™ program is intended primarily for staff members with no direct reports – whether seasoned staff or just growing into their role – who are in influential roles or lead key projects and are ready to step up their leadership.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a regular staff employee (non-exempt, exempt) at any of Northwestern’s six campuses: Chicago, Evanston, Qatar, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Be an Individual Contributor with no direct reports.
  • Be in good standing.
  • Be able to attend the program on the Evanston campus from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on both workshop days.
  • Commit to actively mentoring other employees in future employee development programs.
  • Complete a short application.
  • Be sponsored by their supervisor.

How to participate

Staff members who submit an application and obtain managerial sponsorship will be eligible to be selected for the program. Applicants are selected by a committee of University staff members in leadership roles. Eligibility criteria apply.

The selection committee seeks diversity based on geography, function, gender, ethnicity, and school/unit. Particular attention is given to candidates' personal statements as well as those of their manager. Supervisors whose direct reports apply will be asked to sponsor their candidates and partner in the learning process.

Candidates must receive sponsorship from their immediate supervisors in order to participate.

Supervisors who sponsor their direct reports' participation commit to be full partners in the pre- and post-program learning process.

Participation in the Lead 4 Success™ program is for the purpose of professional development in your current role. While it prepares staff for future roles, it is not intended to set an expectation for immediate or future advancement.


If you believe a colleague or direct report would benefit from participating in the program, please share this web page with them and encourage them to apply.

For more information about the agenda and program content, visit the Center for Creative Leadership website.

Application process

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Program.

The application consists of a few questions to establish eligibility and the following two brief essay questions.

  1. Why are you interested in this professional development opportunity? (250 word limit)
  2. Explain how participation in the program will benefit your work, including a description of one or more significant challenges you would like to explore during the program. (250 word limit)

The Supervisors of eligible candidates  must complete a short sponsorship form for the candidate to be considered for the program. The sponsorship form includes the following questions:

  1. Explain how participation in the Leadership Fundamentals program will benefit the candidate's work and school/unit. (250 word limit)
  2. Describe how the candidate has demonstrated leadership, influence, and collaboration in their current role. (250 word limit)
  3. Describe your observations regarding the candidate's demonstrated motivation and openness to learn and apply the lessons from this program. (250 word limit)

A selection committee is convened to review applications and to select a maximum of 50 participants for the program.

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Note: This workshop is normally offered at a cost of more than $2,000 per participant. Northwestern's investment in leadership development has made it possible to offer Lead 4 Success™ at no additional charge to Northwestern employees.