The core principle of the Carleton Leader learning design is to cycle participants through a reflective learning process that moves from ME to WE to US such that we develop a community of leaders who think about the broader impact of their leadership. This impact can be seen to have benefits for the individual, benefits to the teams, departments, and groups we work within, and benefits to the university and beyond.

At the individual level:

  • Recognize your own leadership potential, the impact that you have and might aspire to have, on others and the environment at the university
  • Differentiate between various types and methods of leadership across campus and beyond
  • Explore how service, research, and teaching contribute to leadership at the university

At the collegial level:

  • Build stronger relationships and connections with supportive colleagues across the university
  • Strengthen the success of collaborative projects by building bridges across units
  • Generate collective ideas that open creative and innovative pathways to address challenges

At the university level:

  • Establish a community of engaged academic and professional staff who feel equipped to lead
  • Enhance the collegial governance and leadership capability for the entire university to face our internal and external challenges
  • Provoke a deeper understanding of leadership in a higher education context

At the community level:

  • Distinguish your contributions as leaders in higher education
  • Identify the changing nature of our environment in higher education
  • Recognize leadership strength in connecting outside our institution