Applied Leadership Program

Applied Leadership Program

Industry leaders and academic experts discuss leadership in times of change and how to succeed in navigating teams through transition.


This is not a typical leadership course. In just eight, half-day modules, learners will be coached by industry experts across a variety of disciplines, in real-time, to gain practical experience and develop an individual leadership philosophy and style.

Participants will be challenged to inspire action in others by practicing hands-on tactics and acquiring the necessary skills to lead resilient teams to successful outcomes, culminating in an industry sponsored capstone project.

Interested in sending a member from your organization?
You may be eligible for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant as a way to off-set the cost. Learn more


The Applied Leadership Program is developed specifically for individuals interested in:

  • Developing communication strategies and leadership plans in support of organizational strategy
  • Recognizing the project lifecycle and best practices in change management for teams
  • Incorporating leadership tactics to manage teams, conflict, coach others and meet goals
  • Building the foundations of a personal leadership mantra and understand the tools to implement
  • Developing a growth mindset and an appreciation for lifelong learning

Why you should take this program:

  • Career advancement - leadership and soft skills are among the most in-demand skills across all industries and sectors. 
  • Applied learning - this program is not about textbooks and lectures, but rather taking the knowledge you will learn and the skills you will build to solve real-world leadership problems.
  • Networking & professional connections - connect and work with like-minded individuals from a cross section of backgrounds, industries and varied experiences. 
  • Flexible, online format - in only a few hours per week, you will be exposed to the key principles and practices of professional, successful leaders.
  • Incredible instructors - a selection of industry professionals who work in the field, conduct reasearch and maintain outstanding credentials. 

Industry partners will present a real life leadership dilemma facing their organization.

Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Diana Sarkis

Topics include:

  • Phases of a Project Framework
  • Successful Project Criteria
  • Triple Constraints
  • Developing a Project Charter and Schedule
  • Risk Management Identification
  • Best Practices to Communicate to a Group
  • Managing Costs, Schedule and Scope
  • Ethically Managing Projects
  • Closing the Project
  • Traits of a Good Project Manager


Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Doreen Linfield

Topics include:

  • Communication Frameworks
  • Ways Communications Can Fail
  • Using Non-Verbal Communication
  • Key Role of Inclusiveness
  • Improving Listening Skills
  • Using Business Storytelling to Influence
  • A communications formula for Clear and Effective Writing
  • Three level of trusts to Develop Rapport
  • A Million Ways to Die in a Presentation

Date: November 5, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Catherine Kwantes

Topics include:

  • Defining Leadership
  • Self-Reflection on your Leadership Skills
  • Growth Mindset
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Qualities of a Good Leader
  • Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Understanding your Followers and Adapting your Leadership Style
  • Determining your Leadership Philosophy
  • Creating a Leadership Development Plan

Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Diana Kwantes

Topics include:

  • Role of a Supervisor
  • Supervisor vs. Coach
  • Delegation
  • Handling Complaints
  • Coaching Guidelines
  • Managing Performance
    • Setting performance objectives
    • Conducting performance reviews
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Begin to develop a coaching plan for an individual

Date: November 19, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Diana Sarkis

Topics include:

  • Why good teamwork matters
  • Defining a Team vs. Group
  • 6 Keys to a Resilient Team
  • How to Build a Resilient Team
  • Pros and cons of Team Conflict
  • Stages of Teamwork and when conflict happens
  • Using various Conflict Management Styles
  • Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Begin your plan to build a resilient team

Date: November 26, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Kyle Brykman

Topics include:

  • Understand the factors affecting organizational change
    • Organizational Culture
    • Communicating 
    • Employee Empowerment and Buy-in
  • Strategies to Lead Successful Change
    • Creating a Vision
    • Organizational Strategies to implement change
    • Strategies to reinforce the new changes
    • Begin to develop a plan to manage organizational change
  • Strategies to Support Employees
    • Managing employee expectations
    • Recognizing and managing the various employee reactions to change
    • Handling Emotions and Rational Problem-Solving
    • Handling employee resistance
  • Coping with Change
    • Recognize your own reaction to change
    • Self-care during change

Date: December 3, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Catherine Kwantes

Your industry guided capstone project allows you to practice communication, leadership, teamwork and planning skills learned throughout the program.  Working with a small team, you will strategize and develop a solution to a common leadership challenge.

Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Diana Sarkis 

Schedule: Thursdays, 9:00am to 12:30pm October 22 thru December 10, 2020
Format: Online
Fees: $1,200+HST - UWindsor Alumni and staff are eligible for discounts on enrolment. Contact to receive the discount code. 
Prerequisites: While there are no formal prerequisites for this offering, it is expected that learners will have
  • Basic computer skills
  • English language proficiency
  • 3-5 years of work experience
  • This is an online course and learners must have access to a computer with high speed internet access.  Instructional time will be held on Microsoft Teams.  As a student of this course, the University of Windsor will provide you with access to Microsoft Teams.   
    Once you register you will be prompted to activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Microsoft Teams. If you have any issues, please contact
    Microsoft Teams is available in three versions including desktop, web and mobile app.  The Microsoft Teams desktop app is available for both Windows 7 and 10 and macOS 10.10 or later. On Windows, Teams requires .NET framework 4.5 or later; the Teams installer will offer to install it for you if you don't have it. If you are unable to install Desktop App, you can use web version of Teams.  In addition, Microsoft Teams mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. You can download it from your respective app store on the device.  Full instructions will be provided before the course start.

Diana Sarkis currently works as a Sessional Instructor at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, where she teaches courses at the Master of Business (MBA) and undergraduate level in the Management and Labour areas. She is also an Instructor in the Post-Graduate Human Resources Diploma program at St. Clair College. Diana previously worked in the field of human resources in for the last 12 years in various sectors, including manufacturing, professional services and the boarder public sector. Through her employment experience, Diana has gained extensive experience in labour relations, recruitment, training and development and strategic human resources practices. Diana completed a Master of Industrial Relations (MIR), a specialized advanced degree in human resources and labour relations, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. Diana also holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation through the Human Resources Professional Association. She has served the HR community as the Chair of the Human Resources Professional Association of Windsor.
Dr. Kyle Brykman is an Assistant Professor of Management at Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. Kyle's research focuses on interpersonal team dynamics and employee voice. In particular, Kyle is interested in how leaders can motivate employees to speak up with higher quality ideas and how to create and sustain highly effective teams, such as by building teams’ resilient capabilities and helping teams successfully manage conflict. As part of his research, Kyle has worked with large and small companies to diagnose and improve their human capital challenges. Kyle's research has been presented at various international conferences, including the Academy of Management (AOM), Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), International Association of Conflict Management (IACM), and Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup). Kyle holds a PhD in Management (Organizational Behaviour) from Smith School of Business at Queen's University, an MSc in Management Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and an HBA from Ivey School of Business. Kyle is also a co-founder and head of research for TalentFit, a platform that helps quantify company culture and assess job applicants for culture-fit. Kyle's research is supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Doreen Linfield is an award-winning Project Management Professional and PM educator offering 20+ years of experience in developing, executing and leading a series of multi-billion dollar capital and business transformation projects to success for clients in the manufacturing, telecommunications, IT and financial sectors. Stellar reputation for developing relationships with all clients, stakeholders and executives in order to expertly identify and execute streamlined solutions. Well-versed in all aspects of new product development, from strategic operational planning and design, through to final production and roll-out stages.  She is a recognized change management certified professional, with the proven ability to lead, mentor and manage cross-functional teams of 500+ in support of billion-dollar projects and programs.
Dr. Catherine Kwantes is an Industrial Organizational Psychologist who works at the Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is an internationally known expert on developing effective organizational cultures, leadership development, and working with multiple cultures in the workplace. She has lived and worked in multiple countries, and is skilled in Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Research Design, Program Evaluation, Lecturing, Public Speaking, and Curriculum Development.  Her research focuses on the impact of societal culture on work attitudes and behaviours, specifically on trust and assessments of trustworthiness in organizational settings, as well as organizational culture and workplace norms. Dr. Kwantes is one of the founders of the Trustworthiness Research Alliance (TRA) as well as the Director of the Centre for Culture and Organizational Research (CCOR) at the University of Windsor. She is a lead investigator in the Indigenous Workways project, and the owner and president of Sycamore Consulting, Inc.