SGPS 9201: Developing Leader Character


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. Diagnose, exercise, 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 14-week, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. beginning January 18, 2023

What to expect:

  • This 0.5 credit course is graded as pass/fail. It will appear on your transcript if you pass.
  • You will have assignments and receive feedback to help you understand your areas for improvement.
  • The course may count towards degree program course requirements with permission from the student's department.


  • Self-enroll via Student Centre