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Browse through the below courses which focus on developing personal effectiveness and leading through collaboration and influencing others.

Leadership Fundamentals


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

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

Apply now for Leadership Fundamentals, an intensive immersion in the skills necessary to excel in your current role and prepare for future roles at the University. 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 leaders, one is engaged in the process of leadership. To deliver this workshop, Northwestern is partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership

How To Participate

In 2018, there is one session of Leadership Fundamentals limited to 50 staff participants who apply and obtain managerial sponsorship. Applicants are selected by committee. Eligibility criteria apply. 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.

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. Managers whose direct reports apply will be asked to sponsor their candidates and partner in the learning process.

*Participation in Leadership Fundamentals 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.

Intended Audience

Leadership Fundamentals 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.

Program Goals

By applying the lessons from Leadership Fundamentals, participants will have the opportunity to increase their abilities in:

  • Stretching outside of established comfort zones to work with others, solve problems, and drive results.
  • Applying a range of techniques to influence others and immediately impact workplace challenges.
  • Accomplishing high-quality work faster through relationships and collaboration.
  • Gaining a more accurate picture of their leadership abilities and learning style.

Program Agenda

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

Day 1 Day 2
Direction, Alignment, Commitment
Learning Agility
Leadership Brand
Lunch Lunch
Interpersonal Savvy
Leadership Practice
Leadership Across Boundaries
Taking My Leadership Home

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be a regular staff employee (non-exempt, exempt) at any of Northwestern’s six campuses around the world — Chicago, Evanston, Qatar, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • Be in good standing.
  • Be an Individual Contributor with no direct reports.
  • Be sponsored by their manager.
  • Be able to attend 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.

Application Process 

  • The application is now open, it consists of a few questions to establish eligibility and two brief essay questions. 
  • The managers of eligible candidates will be sent a link to a short sponsorship form.
    • Candidates must receive sponsorship from their immediate supervisors in order to participate.
    • Managers who sponsor their direct reports' participation commit to be full partners in the pre- and post-program learning process.
  • A selection committee has been convened to review applications and will select a maximum of 50 participants.
  • If you would like further information, or assistance with your application or the manager support process, please contact us: workplace-learning@northwestern.edu

2018 Schedule and Investment

  • Application Start: January 16th 
  • Application Deadline: February 19th
  • Sponsorship Deadline: End of February
  • Participants Selected: Late March
  • Participants Notified: Early April
  • Program Dates: May 22 & 23, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Workshop Capacity: 50 participants
  • Location: Evanston campus
  • Cost to Participant Unit: No additional charge in 2018

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 Leadership Fundamentals at no additional charge in 2018 to Northwestern employees.

Managing Your Career

Managing Your Career

This workshop was formerly known as Career Challenge™ and Leveraging Your Career Drivers™ for Development Planning.

This interactive, one-day workshop offers you the opportunity to take a concentrated look at how to make your career development relevant to your current job and use it to propel you in the right direction as you grow at Northwestern.

Managing Your Career begins with a pre-workshop assessment called Career Drivers™. Career Drivers™ define the motivational aspects of work life — your absolute non-negotiables for satisfaction. Knowing your own Career Drivers™ allows you to make wise, empowered choices in your ongoing development and long-term career moves. The online Career Drivers™ assessment will be sent to you in advance.

You will then attend the workshop to:

  • Discover the talents common to everything you’ve accomplished
  • Have a new way to leverage development for current work performance and future goals
  • Learn how to create development goals that are engaging for you and accomplish department goals 
  • Upgrade your ability to communicate your value and not just your needs
  • Learn important strategies for identifying career directions, growing your networks and positioning yourself for future career success

Participants must complete the Career Drivers™ online assessment before attending the Managing Your Career workshop.

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Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations

Crucial conversations take place every day in our work. You know the type -- conversations where there are high stakes, differences of opinion, and strong emotion. The difference between mediocre and top performance lies not in strategies, hardware, or even in processes, but in how people handle those difficult conversations. At the heart of all problems in a team or organization are conversations that are either not being handled, or not being handled well.

Key Points

  • Identify the conversations that are keeping you from your desired results
  • Speak persuasively not abrasively, no matter the topic
  • Make it safe for others to share their honest opinions
  • Deal with people who either clam up or blow up
  • Gain control of your own emotional responses
  • Disagree without being disagreeable
  • Influence without exerting force
  • Improve teamwork, productivity and effectiveness
  • This practical and powerful two-day workshop is based upon a top-ten best-selling business book, Crucial Conversations.
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Getting Things Done

Are you experiencing a constant deluge of email and phone calls? Do your daunting projects seem impossible to complete? Is the avalanche of incoming information and outstanding action items keeping you awake at night? This full-day Getting Things Done® Essentials workshop will provide tools and tips for implementing an improved work-life management system that can transform uncertainty into stress-free productivity.

Workshop participants will receive a copy of David Allen’s bestseller Getting Things Done and several practical resources for future success using the GTD methodology.

Key Points

This engaging and interactive workshop will teach you how to:

  • get your email inbox to empty
  • make responsible commitments to new ideas and projects
  • maximize return on your time — to do more with less
  • gain clarity of what is more and less important
  • improve the balance of proactive versus reactive behaviors
  • get projects unstuck
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