Leading Teams

…inspiring managers and staff

The Leading Teams curriculum is designed to develop the skills of more experienced leaders who have two or more organizational levels reporting to them, as well as of professional individual contributors who have a broad scope of responsibility.

Designed with your learning needs in mind, we offer two approaches to the curriculum:

  1. Want to learn with others like you? Our Leading Teams Program brings together people with similar development needs from all over the university to go through a series of classes as a group. You’ll meet on a regular basis and build relationships while you learn.

  2. Want to learn at your own pace? Take advantage of individual learning opportunities that help support your development and your career goals. We offer open enrollment sessions each semester and summer. You pick and choose what is best for you. Current course offerings are listed below. Please check back each semester for new offerings.


Fall 2014

Reality-based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore the Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results – Book Discussion (Brown Bag Lunch)

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Jordan Hall, G1 & G2
Facilitator: Tamara Sole

Description: In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances —one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness. Please read book in advance.

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Annual Calendar 2015


Leading Complex Decisions

Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday, February 24, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Central Grounds, Room TBD
Thursday, August 6, 9:00am – 4:00pm, 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189
Friday, October 16, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Central Grounds, Room TBD

Facilitators: Bryan Garey, Tamara Sole

Description: This course teaches leaders a process, strategies, and tools for improving the quality and speed of making complex decisions—and for ensuring that those decisions stick. It focuses on the process and relationship aspects of decision making, raising the overall quality and speed of making complex decisions, and leading groups in making these decisions. The course requires approximately 1.5 hours of pre-work. This class is designed for experienced leaders who have two or more organizational levels reporting to them or professional individual contributors who have a broad scope of high-level responsibility within their unit or across units.

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Inspirational Leadership

Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday, March 10, 9:00am – 5:00pm, 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189
Tuesday, December 9, 9:00am – 5:00pm, 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Facilitators: Tamara Sole, Bryan Garey

Description: Leaders have a unique and vital role in using themselves as a tool to inspire commitment and create a purposeful culture. Leadership communication is often the most powerful vehicle to inspire others to willingly take action to effect change. Based on the book Leading Out Loud, this class is designed to help leaders develop and deepen the willingness and ability to motivate and inspire others to drive performance and engagement levels. Effective leaders inspire commitment and results by first looking inward, becoming aware of what they want to say, and why. This class is designed for experienced leaders who have two or more organizational levels reporting to them or professional individual contributors who have a broad scope of high-level responsibility within their unit or across units.

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Developing Your Leadership Brand

Date, Time & Location:
Thursday, April 30, 9:00am – 11:00am, Central Grounds, Room TBD
Tuesday, August 18, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Facilitator: Carolyn Cullen

Description: What is a personal leadership brand and why is it important? Learn how to take your identified leadership strengths and gaps to the next level by developing your leadership brand. Determine what you want to be known for, and develop the self-awareness to translate from intention to strategy. Understand the impact your leadership brand has on your job. Through classroom instruction, group discussion and individual reflection, learn how to create the leadership impact you desire. This class is designed for those who manage others or who are in leadership roles with a broad scope of responsibility.

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Leadership Influence Gaining Support for Your Goals

Date, Time & Location:
Thursday, June 25, 9:00am – 12:00pm, 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Facilitator: Leslie Andrus

Description: Proactively gaining support for your goals from those on your team and others from across the organization is a key to being a successful leader. In this class, you will learn how to identify the key people you need to influence in order to gain support for your goals and how to deploy influence strategies and tactics in order to gain this support. You will practice applying the strategies and tactics first to scenarios and then to your own situation. This class is designed for experienced leaders who have two or more organizational levels reporting to them or professional individual contributors who have a broad scope of high-level responsibility within their unit or across units.

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Change Management for the Middle Manager

Date, Time & Location:
Wednesday, July 15, 9:00am – 12:00pm, 2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Facilitator: Leslie Andrus

Description: We will learn strategies used by successful leaders for driving change; examine the typical stages of change; and learn strategies and tactics for helping others through the process. Come prepared to discuss a significant change in your area; we will apply these change strategies and tactics to that effort. This class combines key concepts from two classes – Driving Change and Leading Others Through Change. It is designed for middle managers, but open to all managers or leaders of change.

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Enrollment Instructions for Open Enrollment Classes


Contact: Leslie Andrus, Leadership Development Center, lla2u@virginia.edu, 434.924.243.3993