SGPS 9201: Developing Leader Character

Course Description

As a doctoral student, you develop specialized knowledge and expertise that is highly valuable to society. Yet, today's leaders need to understand how to use both their education and leadership to "make a difference" and serve the public good. The Developing Leader Character course aims to increase awareness of the Leadership of Self and prepare you to embark on a journey of self-discovery, assessment and reflection. When faced with dynamic and complex societal challanges, leaders’ decision making requires profound judgment that is anchored in strength of character.

  1. Reveal how leader character supports leader competencies and commitment
  2. Deepen your understanding of leadership character and how it shapes decisions and actions
  3. Complete the Leader Character Insight Assessment to diagnose and develop your leader character


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Hosted by: 

  • Dr. Cassie Ellis, Ivey Business School in the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

Dates Offered:

  • Synchronous, virtual 14-week course, offered Wednesdays 9:30 AM - 11:30 in the Winter semester beginning January 17, 2024

What to expect:

  • This 0.5 credit course will appear on the transcripts of enrolled students with a Pass/Fail notation but will not affect the student's academic average
  • The course may count towards degree program course requirements with permission from the student's department


  • PhD students from all Faculties receive priority; Master's students are able to attend if space is available 


  • Self-enroll via Student Centre