5 Principles of Effective Leadership: A Bootcamp for Leaders at All Levels


5 Principles of Effective Leadership: A Bootcamp for Leaders at All Levels


January 27 – February 24, 2022
Individual Dates: Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24

Ground your leadership in your personal and professional values, and take your management skills to the next level.


Authentic leadership is not granted by positional authority but instead earned over time and through specific behaviors. In higher education, where responsibility and authority do not always go hand in hand, we must cultivate a model of leadership that prizes building trust, collaborating with others, and leading with purpose.

Join us online for a five-week leadership bootcamp that draws on "The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership." This model is proposed by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge, which posits that leaders display some core behaviors at their peak no matter their culture, gender, age, or other identities. It is a simple but powerful model for elevating and expressing your leadership, regardless of your role at your institution. The five practices are:

  • Modeling the Way: Clarify and strengthen your leadership values, explore the values of your team, and set examples to align actions with shared values
  • Inspiring a Shared Vision: Develop and communicate a shared common purpose in order to build trust and cohesion in your team
  • Challenging the Process: Navigate team and institutional changes with the intent of uniting and leading your team effectively through change
  • Enabling Others to Act: Build and motivate your team by developing high levels of trust
  • Encouraging the Heart: Explore different types of empathy, and learn critical listening skills as a means for building stronger communication within your team

This bootcamp is comprised of expert instruction, group discussion, personal reflection, and small group activities. A cornerstone of the bootcamp will be your leadership workbook, which will guide you through understanding and mastering the concepts of the model and, more importantly, how to integrate them into your daily leadership practice. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback from peers within your cohort and from your expert instructor, which will help you define and inform your leadership goals. Our expert instructor will anchor the concepts in the higher education landscape so that you’ll walk away with a tailored action plan that identifies areas in which to focus your efforts.


A Highly Personalized Experience

Your registration for this bootcamp includes a 30-minute individual consultation with the presenter, Therese Lask. A hallmark of the Academic Impressions bootcamp experience, the individual attention you’ll receive through this consultation will help you apply best practices from the bootcamp to your own leadership development. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


What to Expect

In this Academic Impressions bootcamp, you will get:

  • Five weekly 3-hour live online sessions. Our expert instructor facilitates each session and includes time for small group discussions and self-reflection to help you explore your leadership values and give you key strategies to implement.
  • A customized workbook to help you reflect and apply the learning to your own context. The workbook is designed by Academic Impressions coaches and instructional designers with the intent to support your individualized learning. It will be used within each of the live sessions.
  • An individual 30-minute consultation with Therese Lask to help you prioritize and implement your leadership plan and apply it to your individual context.
  • Group working time to develop a supportive network of leaders, get ideas, and feedback.


Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for both current and aspiring higher education leaders. Whether you have zero or many years of leadership experience, this bootcamp will help you reflect on your purpose and vision for the future. We encourage you to attend if you are aspiring to your first formal leadership role or if you are a Manager or Director-level, including Academic Chair, Program Director, or Assistant or Associate Dean.


Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a program helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select programs.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Bootcamp + Success Coaching product below.

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Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

“An excellent conference bridging the big picture to the hands-on. Therese Lask is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and she skillfully facilitated wisdom-packed conversations with colleagues from all over. It was well worth the time and money used for this.”

- Peter Martin

Virginia Commonwealth University (Qatar campus)

“This workshop is an excellent opportunity for new managers or managers shifting roles to ground themselves in their values and gain valuable skills to lead through change. The facilitator approaches difficult conversations with care and provides thoughtful critiques that will take your management skills to the next level. In the weeks after I began the course, I already started seeing a shift in my team's dynamics.”

- Roxie Patton

Director, Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution, Rowan University


January 27 – February 24, 2022
Individual Dates: Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24


Module 1

January 27, 2022 — 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Principle 1: Modeling the Way
This welcome/kick-off provides an important time for us to get to know each other in the cohort. We will learn about each person’s priorities to align everyone’s work and focus to their specific context.

Drawing on the principle of Modeling the Way, we will focus on ways to clarify your values to find and strengthen your voice, explore the shared values of your team on campus, and set examples to align actions with shared values.



Module 2

February 3, 2022 — 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Principle 2: Inspiring a Shared Vision and Principle 3: Challenging the Process
Given how leaders often work in silos, all leaders need to learn how to build a common purpose. In this session, we will first imagine and explore exciting and novel opportunities to find a common purpose to embody the principle of Inspiring a Shared Vision.

Even with a common purpose, all leaders need to explore ways to navigate the extensive changes faced in higher ed. Drawing on the principle of Challenging the Process, we will explore change leadership, understand how people experience change, and look at the foundations of effective team change.



Module 3

February 10, 2022 — 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Principle 4: Enabling Others to Act and Principle 5: Encouraging the Heart
Central to leadership is building trust to inspire and motivate others. Focusing on the principle of Enabling Others to Act, we shift our attention to the propensity to trust and what it takes to facilitate relationships by increasing self-determination and developing competence.

To foster clear and transparent communication central for all successful leaders, we draw on the principle of Encouraging the Heart. We examine ways to recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence and celebrating values and victories. We will explore empathy in the workplace today, different types of compassion, and practice level-six listening as a means to build empathy in your team.



Module 4

February 17, 2022 — 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Reflective Workshop
This open house-style module is a chance for everyone to workshop their ideas, focus on their workbook, reflect on their learning, and find ways to integrate and implement ideas. Between Module 4 and 5, you will have the opportunity to meet with Therese Lask for consultation sessions to discuss your leadership plan's priorities and implement it to your individual context.



Module 5

February 24 — 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Bringing it All Together and Next Steps
In our final session together, you will have an opportunity to present and get feedback on your leadership plan from the cohort. We will close the bootcamp by sharing ideas for maintaining the momentum after this powerful learning experience.


Portrait of Therese Lask

Therese Lask

Talent Development Specialist, Colorado State University

Dr. Therese Lask has held a variety of leadership positions in higher education throughout her 27-year career. Her experience ranges from working in private, public and community college with roles in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Development, and Operations. From a variety of roles and experiences, Therese has followed her purpose of helping individuals to grow and develop.

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through January 20, 2022

Get access to THIS online bootcamp + success coaching.

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Christine Murphy
Learning & Development Manager,
Academic Impressions

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