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Leadership @ Stanford

Leadership @ Stanford

This program is designed to help senior level supervisors develop leadership capability, expand knowledge of university processes, and build a strong network of alliances across schools and units.


Twenty-four participants are selected to attend the Leadership @ Stanford program each year. These individuals:

  • Have high potential
  • Are dedicated to Stanford’s core mission
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and strengths beyond their current role
  • Are believed to have interest in assuming broader leadership roles in the future

Selection & Eligibility

Participants are traditionally nominated by the most senior leader within their school or unit in partnership with their local human resources representative, and approved by the president and provost.

Nominees should be staff:

  • With supervisory responsibility in their current position;
  • Who hold a current position at the director level or above;
  • Who demonstrate high performance standards; and,
  • Who have notable and visible contributions to the organization.


Participants meet for six two-day workshops, facilitated by Julie Turchin, Talent Portfolio Manager with Stanford Learning & Organizational Effectiveness; and Brian McDonald, President of MOR Associates.

The sessions are devoted to building expertise aligned to Stanford’s Leadership Attributes. Participants receive a 360-degree assessment and work with a professional coach on real-time issues related to their personalized development plan. Topics include:

  • Leadership at Stanford
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leading Change
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leader as Communicator
  • Delivering Results
  • Talent Management
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Continuing Your Leadership Journey