Leadership Learning

Leadership Learning supports faculty members who are growing toward their individual professional goals. The program encompasses all sorts of leadership skills: from basic to advanced, and from generalized skills to those that support specialized goals.

If you’re an aspiring chair, dean, or upper administrator, or if you aim to work toward a leadership role in your professional field, join us. We’ll hear from faculty, administrators, and guest experts who can teach us specialized skills that will help us grow into tomorrow’s leaders. We’ll present background and useful advice on using skills that can be adapted to the contexts of our goals.

A sample of topics and skills that we’ll cover are:

  • Decision-making
  • Emotional intelligence in higher education leadership
  • Core skills for future department chairs
  • Active listening in conflict-laden situations


Previous Sessions

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Active Learning When You Disagree

Some of the most challenging communication skills that leaders can develop are those that allow them to listen actively to people with whom they disagree. This skillset gives leaders the ability to participate in and facilitate powerful discussions in departments, classrooms, and many other settings. 
Session goals:
·       Identify what gets in the way of listening (especially when you disagree)
·       Review well known active-listening techniques
·       Learn how to let the other person know you are truly listening without having to agree or get into an unproductive argument

Facilitated by Teresa Ralicki on February 18th, 2021. Click here to watch the full video!

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Think of the greatest leaders you’ve known in your career & your life. Some stand out in terms of their understanding of emotions and human nature. They can subtly interpret emotions, listen, and communicate in challenging professional situations and carefully manage their own responses. All of these leaders are skilled in using emotional intelligence in their work.
Join the CFDA and its partners (University of Colorado Human Resources and the CU Denver Ombuds Office) to build your own skills as an emotionally intelligent leader.

Facilitated by Debbie Lammers on February 3rd, 2021. Click here to view the video!