Curriculum & Objectives - UO Leadership Academy

The academy’s curriculum is designed to create an engaged learning environment, and uses evidence-based scholarship and best practices in transformational leadership. To that end, the following objectives will be met.


  • Build an institutional culture that frames leadership as operating from a core set of values and the corresponding actions consistent with those values.
  • Create and nurture an inclusive community of diverse leaders at the University of Oregon.
  • Increase knowledge of the models, frameworks, and competences for effective leadership.
  • Understand the concepts of transformational leadership: a process that situates leaders and followers as co-contributors to resolution and goal attainment.
  • Frame leadership from a strengths-based lens, grounded in current research, theory, and best practices.
  • Enhance skills and knowledge for one’s current role; increase capacity to serve as leaders in today’s higher education environment; and increase potential for leadership advancement.

Session Topics to Include

  • Transformational Leadership vs. Transactional Leadership
  • Self-Awareness, Self-Management, and Personal Wellbeing
  • Core Purpose and Core Values (Your Why)
  • Strengths-Based Leadership and Behavioral Style
  • Emotional Literacy and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Leading Through a Lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Relational Leadership & Coaching Teams
  • Leadership and Management: Influence, Power, and Authority
  • Critical Dialogues and Conflict Resolution
  • Leading Through Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Change