Leadership Development Program

Program Overview

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a 5-day highly interactive and experiential program that will teach you the proven leadership practices and skills you need to know to achieve your leadership potential.

The people in your organization who are in leadership positions must know how to bring out the best in everyone. Effective leaders are trustworthy, confident, and encourage employees to grow, take risks, and excel in their positions. As leaders are needed at all levels of the organization, the optimal scenario is to have all of your employees take on a leadership role.

Grounded in five core behaviours that Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner identified as critical for effective leadership in their book The Leadership Challenge, participants learn how to Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.
The LDP consists of five full-day sessions (8:30am to 4:30pm) once a week for five weeks. Attendance is mandatory for all days.

Your Leadership Style and Impact on Others 

Explore why leadership development is a growth industry and what it means to be an effective leader.  Learn about the five competencies that influence leadership success, as based on the research of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Increase awareness of your leadership strengths and areas for development through 360 feedback and self-assessment activities, and take the first step in developing a leadership development plan. 

Leading Change

Rather than manage change, adopt an approach of leading change. Step out in front and embrace change as an opportunity both professionally and personally. 

We will learn about change by leading a company through it via an immersive full-day simulation! Working in teams, we will help “GlobalTech” navigate a change in their strategy. Some of the employees think this change is great, some are on the fence, and some are completely opposed. Given a timeframe of 18 months and budget of $500K, your team will create a change plan aimed at boosting the level of cultural buy-in from the current level of 6% to over 60%. The future of GlobalTech rests in your hands. Good Luck! 

In this module we will: 

  • Understand why leading change effectively is critical for team and organizational success. 
  • Explore best-practices for leading change effectively. 
  • Build, implement, and refine a change plan based on real-time feedback. 
  • Increase your ability to lead people/teams through change. 
  • Gain specific skills, knowledge, and tools for leading change in your workplace. 

Building High Performance Teams

Outstanding leaders know how to bring out the best in individuals and groups. How do we create the conditions in our workplaces that foster collaboration and strengthen people? In this module, we will compare models of teamwork and assess your team against a model. We will explore the benefits, barriers, and ingredients of high performing teams, and apply your skills in a team-building simulation. Enabling others to act incorporates aspects of other core leadership practices. 

Coaching and Feedback

Recognizing the unique contributions of others, showing appreciation in diverse work environments and celebrating values and victories by fostering inclusively and purpose. In this module, we will explore different types of coaching and explore diagnostic tools for determining the type of coaching needed. We will practice and demonstrate coaching and feedback skills in small groups with real workplace scenarios. Together, modeling the way and encouraging the heart are exemplary leadership practices that build effective relationships and sustain organizations. 

Application and Integration

This module will summarize the entire Leadership Development Program. We will recap the key elements of the assessment tools you completed, review the five practices that make up the backbone of the program, summarize the core content of each day within the program, integrate program concepts together, challenge ourselves to apply the program going forward, and discuss next steps.  We will also work in teams to complete an experiential learning simulation that serves as the capstone of the program.  Finally, we will also provide certificates to you to recognize program completion. 

360 Degree Leadership Assessment

You will complete a 360 degree leadership competency assessment (Leadership Practices Inventory) to help you identify your leadership strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Learn about your personality type and others through the MBTI Step I, which describes your personality as a collection of preferences.

Change Leadership Simulation

You will learn about change by leading, “GlobalTech”, through an innovative, interactive and webified simulation.

Innovative Learning Approach

Based on contemporary principles of interactive and experiential learning, LDP builds knowledge and skills through group participation, practice, self-assessments, reflection, and up-to-date materials.

  • Key Learning Objectives
    • Identify key leadership practices and leadership styles
    • Understand the difference between managing and leading
    • Effectively lead through transitional times
    • Understand personal style and personality traits and how they affect working groups
  • Who Should Attend
    • Team Leaders, Supervisors and Managers.
    • Participants should have direct reports.
  • What Is Included
    • All learning materials provided digitally through Canvas
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Credential to add to your CV and LinkedIn Profile
    • 360 Degree Leadership Assessment
    • Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment
    • Change Leadership Simulation
    • Innovative Learning Approach
    • CPHR Saskatchewan Continued Professional Development (CPD) Hours
    • PMI Professional Development Units (PDU’s)

Funding Available

Check out the funding opportunities available through the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant and Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy.

September Session

Date: September 12, 2023 - October 10, 2023

Fees: $3,995 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2023

Location: K W Nasser Centre - Saskatoon

Program Schedule

Day 1: September 12
Day 2: September 19
Day 3: September 26
Day 4: October 3
Day 5: October 10

8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST

More Information

In-person delivery occurs at K W Nasser Centre with all learning materials provided digitally on Canvas. In-person delivery includes instructor facilitation, small group exercises, large group discussions, interactive learning, networking and ample breaks and opportunities for questions and discussions. Participants will be required to bring a laptop/digital device to access all learning materials during the program. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Please read our COVID-19 information page for expectations and how to prepare for your program.

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October In-person Session

Date: October 10, 2023 - November 7, 2023

Fees: $3,995 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: September 26, 2023

Location: MacKenzie Art Gallery - Regina

Program Schedule

Day 1: October 10
Day 2: October 17
Day 3: October 24
Day 4: October 31
Day 5: November 7

8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST

More Information

In-person delivery occurs at MacKenzie Art Gallery with all learning materials provided digitally on Canvas. In-person delivery includes instructor facilitation, small group exercises, large group discussions, interactive learning, networking and ample breaks and opportunities for questions and discussions. Participants will be required to bring a laptop/digital device to access all learning materials during the program. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Please read our COVID-19 information page for expectations and how to prepare for your program.

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October Virtual Session

Date: October 31, 2023 - November 28, 2023

Fees: $3,995 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2023

Location: Virtual Delivery

Program Schedule

Day 1: October 31
Day 2: November 7
Day 3: November 14
Day 4: November 21
Day 5: November 28

8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST

More Information

Virtual Delivery occurs through Zoom with all learning materials provided digitally on Canvas. In order to use Zoom, participants must have access to a computer with speakers, a microphone, and a webcam. Virtually delivered training includes instructor facilitation, small group exercises, large group discussions, whiteboarding, interactive learning, networking and ample breaks and opportunities for questions and discussions.

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Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Learning and Development Specialist
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"The Leadership Development Program was quite possibly one of the best program I have taken. The facilitators are extremely engaging, knowledgeable and present the material very well. I would highly recommend this program to emerging leaders as well as senior leaders. It is a very valuable tool for leaders to have in their toolbox."

Sharon Wolfe

Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

Instructor Profiles

Brent Pederson, MEd, CPHR

Brent Pederson is a trusted talent advisor with 15 years of experience in 2 global consulting firms, has worked in 8 countries, is consistently a top-rated consultant, workshop facilitator, conference presenter, and regularly publishes articles. He previously spent 15 years in the energy sector with 10 of those years in a direct leadership role. Brent primarily consults in the sectors of mining, oil & gas, financial services, and the public sector, specializing in the areas of leadership assessment & development, coaching, performance management, succession planning, organization design, leading change, and innovation.

Brent holds a Master’s of Education degree (University of Regina) and Certificates in Power Engineering (SAIT), Organization Design (USC), Adult Education (St. Francis Xavier), and HR Management (Queens).

His certifications/designations include: Executive Coaching, Change Management, the MBTI™, the Six Thinking Hats™, and CPHR.

Noreen Mahoney, BComm, CPA, CA, MBA, ICD.D

Noreen is the Associate Dean Academic and Director of Executive Education at the Edwards School of Business.  She is a facilitator and educator with over 20 years of experience leading people and developing greatness in others. Noreen has a background steeped in business management both in education and experience.  

Having successfully led various teams, she is able to back the latest trends in Leadership and Management Development with firsthand “real life” experiences.  She is recognized for having a unique ability to thrive in a collegial, complex and unstructured environment and focus on positive outcomes for all stakeholders with a passion for problem-solving, mentoring, and inspiring trust. 

She facilitates various programs through her diverse background including leadership and management, personal financial management, governance, strategy and risk management, financial reporting, and assurance. 

Brooke Klassen

Brooke Klassen, BComm, MBA, CMgr 

Brooke Klassen is an Assistant Professor at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. With more than fifteen years of post-secondary experience, her teaching specializations include marketing, business strategy, decision making and entrepreneurship. Prior to her role as a professor, she was a senior administrator in the Edwards School of Business and led a team of student services staff for almost eight years.

Brooke has been a management consultant for almost eight years and has completed more than 70 projects in the areas of strategy, governance, organizational change and communications. Her client list includes private, public, government and Indigenous organizations from a variety of industries. She is also an accomplished author and her work has been published in several well-respected peer reviewed journals.


Leah Reid, BBA, CPHR

Leah is currently Director, Total Reward & Job Evaluation for SGI. With a diverse HR background, Leah is passionate about supporting leaders to drive high performance team.

A life-long experiencer of food and wine, Leah started her career in the wine industry working in sales for a national boutique wine agency in Vancouver. She would later transition to head up the HR department for the same company. Returning home to Regina after 10 years in Vancouver, Leah took on a new challenge with Korn Ferry Hay Group where she worked as Leadership and Reward consultant for several years. Following that, she was the Vice President of Human Resources and Community Engagement for GMS overseeing all things culture, employee experience, and leadership.

Leah completed a degree in Business Administration with honours at the University of Regina. A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), a Certificate in Coaching, and certified in multiple leadership and learning assessment tools, she is always looking for her next opportunity to support leaders through their learning journey.


Penelope (Penny) Popp, P.Eng., MBA, PMP

Chief Executive Officer of Pyvot Consulting Inc., Penny Popp is a professional engineer that has practiced leadership for over 25 years. Penny’s experience includes a successful history of directing technical professionals in delivering multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects in the public sector. She is known for solving complex issues facing teams and organizations through her ability to navigate complex technical and behavioural strategies.

Penny is passionate about inspiring other leaders to step into their own personal leadership vision. She is a certified coach and practitioner of EQ-i 2.0 and EQ-i 360, a Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional, and an MBA graduate. She is proud to be a past graduate of the Edwards Leadership Development Program and the Master’s Certificate in Project Management.


Susan Bens, PhD

Susan currently works as a specialist in program design and instruction, supporting faculty at the University of Saskatchewan who want to improve in these areas.  She facilitates change at the group level and is a “thinking partner” to leaders who pursue strategic directions and make requests of others that are both innovative and manageable.   Susan has lead teams herself, including as a Director of a diverse set of student service units comprised of more than 60 professional staff.  Susan regularly teaches graduate courses in organizational theory and educational leadership as a sessional instructor.

With interconnected leadership and integrity interests, a current passion for Susan is discovering what it takes to develop and sustain the relationships that allow for effective coaching and for the giving and receiving of meaningful feedback in our organizations. 

Offer This Program In-House

Interested in bringing this program to your organization or team within your organization? Fill out our Online Needs Assessment form and show your interest in bringing this program in-house or customized based on your needs.


University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees.

Cancellations received at least twenty (20) business days in advance of the program commencement date and all collateral (textbook, etc) returned to Edwards Executive Education, will be subject to receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than twenty (20) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to a $1200 administration fee. Cancellations received less than five (5) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to full program tuition cost.

Non-attendance will incur full program tuition cost.

Fees subject to change without notice.

Program Transfers

One program transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than twenty (20) business days prior to the program start date. Program transfers within twenty (20) business days of the program start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee. All collateral (textbook, etc) must be returned to Edwards Executive Education before the transfer will be processed.

Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on program availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase.

Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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