It is the expectation and goal of VCU that good leadership exists throughout its workforce. VCU supports managers in their leadership development and expects managers to participate in training and educational opportunities that contribute to sustaining, enhancing and improving their leadership skills. Other developmental resources include experiential learning, 360 feedback, coaching, mentoring, networking and team-based simulations to solve real problems. It is the expectation of the university that managers participate in such activities on a regular and ongoing basis and schedule at least one such developmental opportunity each year consistent with available resources. To realize the full potential of the VCU leadership competencies, managers are also expected to adopt practices that develop and reward leadership throughout their area.
From these expectations, two critical competencies have been identified for effective leadership at VCU: leading others and leading change. The university's leadership development curriculum is designed around these competencies so managers have the support and resources they need to be successful in living up to the high standards expected of those who serve in these challenging roles.
VCU managers can log into Talent@VCU to access leadership development training.
Leadership career community
To inspire those with responsibility for others to bring out the best in individuals and teams by aligning the interests and strengths of leaders to accomplish the University’s strategic priorities. The leadership career community supports ongoing professional development, mentoring, and networking, so those with responsibility to lead others have the skills and resources to create the kind of work environment where employees feel valued, where their success is supported, and their careers thrive.
- Chair - Cait Burns
- Co-Chair - Heather Millar
- Operations Coordinator - Virginia Casanova
- Program Coordinator - Al Subramanian
- Communications Coordinator - John Kostyniuk
- Treasurer - Michael Cimis
- Liaison to HR/Leadership Development - Jeremy Bost
A nationally-recognized, highly interactive course that teaches communication skills around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics at all levels of an organization. By learning how to speak, be heard and encourage others to do the same, participants surface the best ideas make highest-quality decisions, and move forward in alignment and agreement.
This change management course provides the knowledge, skills and tools to implement successful change initiatives. Participants learn how we experience change as individuals, complete a survey to determine their personal change style, and participate in activities based on relevant change management theories and best practices. Participants come away with actionable tools to lead their teams through the types of challenges that are experienced at VCU.
Visit Talent@VCU to learn more about these courses and register to attend.
VCU Leadership Development Program Manager