leadership program
The program builds on the following components and objectives:

Engagement: To support a cohort of Scholars to engage in and interact with the increasingly complex social, cultural, economic and political environment in which they operate, including by engaging with a plurality of perspectives

Skills: To equip Scholars with a set of leadership skills and competencies that expand their ways of knowing, being and doing

Network: To facilitate the development of Scholars’ networks across the private, public and social sectors that will enable them to excel as engaged civic leaders
We need engaged leadership that is committed to connecting with diverse talent and communities, capable of thinking beyond tired clichés, adept at envisioning alternative possibilities, and able to design and advance strategies and policies for more equitable and sustainable futures.

Malinda Smith

2018 Fellow
Leadership curriculum

The Engaged Leadership program is anchored to six key leadership concepts:

The Engaged Leadership program is anchored to six key leadership concepts:  

  1. Audacity & Resilience: developing abilities to take risks, to go beyond one’s comfort zone, to manage fear and failure  
  2. Communication & Knowledge-Sharing: learning strategies for effective communication with diverse audiences  
  3. Creativity & Innovation: exploring creative practices and ways to foster individual and collective innovation; engaging in creative ways of disseminating ideas  
  4. Diversity: fostering radical curiosity about diverse people and ideas, and the ability to engage respectfully across difference, including with those who hold different opinions and ideologies 
  5. Collaboration: strengthening the capacity for effective collaboration with others across disciplines and sectors 
  6. Duty of Service: acting in service to the community and enacting values in the public sphere. 

By fostering these key competencies and values, the program seeks to develop three dimensions of Scholars’ leadership:  

  • Leadership of Self: self-awareness, self-management, and self-development, and the way these principles relate to one another  

  • Leadership Among Others: abilities to work effectively with others toward shared aims, to influence others, and to create with others 

  • Leadership of Systems: systems thinking and insight, capacity to navigate and act within complex systems, and cultivating networks and allies to influence public policy 

In addition to content focusing specifically on leadership, Scholars will benefit from learning content on the cyclically designated Scientific Theme.  

The leadership development of Scholars is supported by Fellows and Mentors and relies on various learning formats. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Facilitated workshops 

  • On-site visits 

  • Scientific discussions  

  • One-on-one coaching 

  • Personal assessments 

Scientific Cycles

The Foundation’s Leadership Development Program builds on Scientific Cycles.

The Foundation’s Leadership Development Program builds on Scientific Cycles. Hence, the three-year leadership journey of each cohort of Scholars is contextualized by a scientific theme that has interdisciplinary dimensions and reflects a timely and significant set of issues for the future of Canada and the world. The scientific theme is not a substitute for the Foundation’s Four Themes; rather, it provides the lens through which these four fundamental themes will continue to be explored.

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