Principles for Leadership in Higher Education


Principles for Leadership in Higher Education


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Join a cohort of peers to learn and practice the critical behaviors of strong leadership at any level.


In your journey as an emerging leader, the concept of leadership can feel abstract. Since the literature points to so many different traits of strong leaders, you may struggle when trying to synthesize all the advice into a set of practices that works for you.

Enter “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership,” a model proposed by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge, that posits that leaders display some core behaviors at their peak no matter their culture, gender, age, or other identities.

Join us online for a highly practical five-module bootcamp to learn a clear, evidence-based path to be the best leader you can be. You will hear and examine the core behaviors of strong leaders based on The Leadership Challenge and its five leadership practices. Our expert instructor will anchor the concepts in the higher education landscape and help you craft a tailored leadership plan that identifies your areas of focus and your networks of support.


Learn the Five Core Leadership Practices

  1. Modeling the Way: Clarify and strengthen your leadership values
  2. Inspiring a Shared Vision: Develop and communicate a shared common purpose
  3. Challenging the Process: Navigate team and institutional changes
  4. Enabling Others to Act: Build and motivate your team
  5. Encouraging the Heart: Align your personal and professional goals


A Highly Personalized Experience

To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for higher education professionals who want to hone their leadership skills in preparation for a first leadership position. Faculty and staff who may not identify as leaders or do not have direct reports will also benefit from learning and applying the five core leadership principles.


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 conference 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 conferences.

  • 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 learn more, contact Amit Mrig at

What to Expect

In this Academic Impressions bootcamp, you will get:

  1. A customized workbook to help you reflect on 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.
  2. Two individual consultations to help you prioritize and implement your leadership plan and apply it to your individual context. The first consultation will take place within the first two weeks of the bootcamp and the second after the bootcamp is complete.
  3. A dedicated group working session to get ideas and support from your bootcamp cohort. You will also have opportunities for individual consultations in breakout rooms.


Module 1

February 17, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

Principle 1: Modeling the Way

This welcome and 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 so that we can 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 own 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 24, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

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 and 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

March 3, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

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.

In order 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.



Module 4

March 10, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

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. Time will be devoted to breakout groups with fellow attendees as well as time for Q&A with our expert instructor.



Module 5

March 17, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

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 how to maintain the momentum after this powerful learning experience.



Dr. 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.

Read Therese's Full Bio.

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*All-inclusive members receive $250 off of conference registrations (in addition to the early bird discount if applicable). Academic Affairs, Advancement/Alumni Relations, Business Office, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Leadership members will continue to receive $100 off conference registrations. Upgrade your membership to qualify for a higher discount. Please note this discount is not applicable on pre- or post-conference workshops or conference binders.