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Developing Leaders Program

The Developing Leaders Program (DLP) is an evolution of Managing at UBC. DLP serves as a leadership development program for new and early-career managers focusing on building their capacity to lead with more confidence and effectiveness. 

The program is designed to equip newer leaders with the necessary knowledge, skills and practices to lead, succeed and grow in their leadership roles at UBC. Over a five-month period, leaders from across the university come together in the program to share experiences and learn best practices on topics related to leading self, others and within UBC. 

Aligned with UBC’s leadership framework and competencies, this program is designed for people-leaders who are currently in a management role and have been leading staff for three years or less (in or outside of UBC).  

Applications for the Winter 2024 program are now closed.  

2025 cohort

Are you interested in the 2025 cohort? Fill out the survey below to express your interest, and we will email you once applications are open. 

Express your interest in the 2025 cohort

What's in it for you?

Driven by insights and learning from the rich legacy of the Managing at UBC program, the Developing Leaders Program strives to make learning more relevant, agile and meaningful to leaders. 

DLP supports Catalyst 2: I can grow my career and Catalyst 4: I am inspired by diverse leaders who live UBC’s values of the Focus on People 2025 framework through fostering professional and personal growth. The program also contributes to furthering authentic conversations for colleagues to hold each other accountable for inclusive and impactful leadership across the university. 

"The program exposed me to other UBC staff managing in other departments, which was a great opportunity to network, but also gave me exposure to the breadth of UBC’s vast organization.”

Through the program, you will be able to:


What to expect in the Winter 2024 program

The program will take place from January to May 2024. Most sessions will be held virtually, however some sessions may be held in person (considerations will be made for Okanagan and Vancouver campuses). 

Who's eligible

The Developing Leaders Program is open to the following staff:  

  • Management & Professional (M&P) employees only  
  • Is currently in a management role, with direct staff report(s) (**staff who manage work learn/student appointments are not eligible)  
  • Has been in a management role for three years or less (in or outside of UBC)  
  • Demonstrates willingness and commitment to one’s own learning and development  
  • Has support from their manager for full participation in the program  

What you'll be required to do to

To earn a certificate of completion, participants are expected to:

  • Attend all five workshops and two Immersion Labs (with the exception of time booked for vacation, or illness)
  • Participate in two Leadership Triad sessions (March and May)


Workshops will take place on Thursdays from 9:30 – 12:30 pm (3 hrs) other than the Immersion Labs, which will be 90 minutes in length. The session dates are noted below:  

  • January 25, 2024  
  • February 15, 2024 
  • February 29, 2024 (Immersion Lab) 
  • March 14, 2024  
  • April 11, 2024  
  • April 25, 2024 (Immersion Lab) 
  • May 16, 2024  

Total commitment of approximately 30 hours over five months, including Canvas pre-work and post-work, as well as Leadership Triad sessions (self-managed).  

What you will explore

The themes you will meaningfully engage, learn and experiment with covers topics across Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading within UBC. Topics include:

  • Introduction to UBC’s leadership philosophy and competencies 
  • Leading with your values  
  • A coach-approach to leading others 
  • Strength-based leadership 
  • Navigating conflict 
  • Leading teams 
  • Developing others
  • Leading difficult conversations

Program fees 

The program is 100% funded by Human Resources.

How program participants are selected

To ensure that all qualified applicants are fairly considered, a pool system may be implemented as part of the selection process. Priority may be given to managers in their third year, or those who have applied but were waitlisted in previous years.  Applicants will be notified of their program status by email in December. We thank all applicants for their interest in the program.  


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the program team at leadership@hr.ubc.ca.

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