Leadership Academy Participants

Recruitment and Selection

The Leadership Academy is designed for organizations to deliver to cohorts of professionals with similar job positions, i.e., regional directors, managers, or supervisors. During your organization’s exploration of and planning for the Leadership Academy, consider whether  you will select, nominate, or ask participants to apply. We recommend that organizations begin with cohorts of senior leaders or management staff who can disseminate their learning about the leadership framework and competencies throughout the organization’s middle management and supervisor levels. Some things to consider when you are deciding who will participate include:

    • Size of the cohort
    • Organizational capacity to identify and train coaches
    • Virtual or in-person delivery and frequency/duration of module delivery
    • Budget concerns, i.e., travel expenses, per diem, location
    • Process of selection, i.e., nomination, application, appointment
    • Marketing and communication to facilitate buy-in, promote, and inform
    • Current workforce priorities and implications for participant change projects
    • Needed supports to ensure time is available for full participation in the Leadership Academy and designing/implementing change projects

To generate interest in your organization and communicate what is involved in Leadership Academy participation, you may want to create an informational Leadership Academy Flyer or even a short video if you have the capacity and resources.


Planning for and delivering the Leadership Academy involves selection, notification, orientation, coaching, preparation tools, assessments, and delivery of the Leadership Academy modules. See the Overview tab for details.

Once participants are selected, send a Welcome Letter and conduct a Participant Leadership Academy Orientation to:

  • Provide an overview of the Leadership Academy components (see Planning tab)
  • Give instructions for accessing the three online Foundation Modules (Foundations of Leadership and Workforce Development Parts I and II) and other participant materials
  • Explain coaching’s purpose and value during the Academy
  • Review the Change Project Worksheet instructions and expectations (see Planning tab)
  • Explain any assessment and evaluation requirements (see Planning and Assessments tabs)

Organizations should consider how they match coaches with participants, especially if the organization is using internal staff as coaches. The coaching relationship is a vital component of the Leadership Academy and any effort to minimize potential barriers from the outset is recommended. To prepare participants to engage in Leadership Academy coaching, this 3-minute video: Coaching: What’s In It For Me? is embedded in the Leadership Academy Participation Orientation.