Launched in 2005, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is designed to support 3 streams within McGill’s Management staff: Student Affairs Professionals, Change Agents and Supervisors. The LDP focuses on building participants’ networks as well as developing their professional skills and Behavioural Competencies.
In May, Johanne Houle, Director of Organizational Development, kicked off the highly reputed Leadership Development Program with 50 new participants. Lynne B. Gervais, AVP, HR provided encouraging words to participants of this integrated program which maximizes the impact of experiential learning and facilitates leadership in times of change.
The LDP is as popular as ever and offers deep grounding in McGill’s seven Behavioural Competencies.
Why Behavioural Competencies?
Behavioural Competencies provide a common language and frame of reference to attract, develop, retain, recognize, and in essence manage talent. The following seven Behavioural Competencies were identified through a series of interviews with McGill senior management and benchmarking research, as those most vital for the continuous growth of our institution:
- Change agility
- Managerial courage
- Self-awareness and management
- Client service orientation
- Performance orientation
In order to facilitate the discussion on what the employee does, as well as how they do it, Behavioural Competencies are now linked to Job Families and Job Profiles within the Performance Dialogue process. Using the competencies as a coaching tool helps us better understand performance expectations, enhance our effectiveness and develop our careers.