The Art of Influencing Up as Academic Dean 

Online | October 2, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

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The Art of Influencing Up as Academic Dean 

Online | October 2, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Learn how to best support and collaborate with your senior leaders.


Influencing your Provost and other senior leaders is a key function of your role as academic dean.  It’s your responsibility to provide input and perspective on decisions that will shape your unit—as well as the entire institution. As leadership transitions become more commonplace in higher education, it becomes more difficult to know how to effectively influence “up.” Not only are you learning how to navigate newfound relationships, you’re also responding to emerging strategic plans and changing unit-level priorities. Some days, it may feel like everything is a moving target. In this environment, where everyone is experiencing a higher level of stress, and where attention is split in so many different directions, it can feel difficult to know how to develop trust and credibility with your senior leaders. 

Join us online and learn how you can better engage with, support, and influence senior leaders such as your Provost. Using the Five Paths to Leadership℠ as our framework, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Recognize your senior leaders’ natural communication and engagement preferences. 
  • Identify the natural tensions and synergies that exist in your relationship based on shared or differing perspectives on what makes for effective collaboration. 
  • Customize your approach to communication and collaboration so that you can marry the unique gifts and talents that each of you contributes to your relationship.   

This workshop will give you an opportunity to reflect on an existing relationship you have with a senior leader, and we’ll then share tips and strategies you can apply to that relationship to nurture trust. We’ve also designed this training to include significant time for small-group breakouts, so that you can seek advice from your peers. 

Your Provost has chosen to invest in you as dean. Return the favor and attend this event so that you can invest in your relationship with them. 

Who should attend?

All academic deans and assistant/associate deans are welcome to attend. Whether you’re new to your role or you’ve been in your role for a while, consider adding this training to your calendar.


Since this event builds upon a basic understanding of the Five Paths to Leadership℠ model, we strongly recommend you take the self-assessment and learn about the model before attending. You can take the self-assessment here (takes about 15 minutes to complete) and there are two ways you can learn more about the model:


Set Yourself Up for Success

This virtual training is part of our carefully curated Deans Success Program that is designed to set you up for success. You can upgrade your experience at a steeply discounted rate ($7995 for members and $9995 for non-members) and get this event in addition to much more when you purchase the Deans Success Program.

With a comprehensive blend of conferences, coaching, and training, you will deepen your leadership skills and learn how to navigate conflict, build high-performing teams, and more. Valued at $15,000, this program can be completed in either 6 or 12 months. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to invest in development as a dean. Purchase your spot before August 31, 2024.

Are you already a participant in the Deans Success Program? If you have already purchased the Deans Success Program and want to ensure that you get registered for this event, please contact your designated account manager.