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“Leadership can be learned; in fact, it has to be learned. There are very few born leaders.”

Peter Drucker



























































































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Hear from members of the MOR team and past program participants give an overview of the program and what to expect in the months ahead in this video

In this video, University of Iowa program participants reflect on the themes from the program and what they took away from the experience.


The Program

The 2015 MOR Leaders Program has been designed:


Participants will enjoy a comprehensive program structured around these tracks...


leadership model

A Workshop Track

This track consists of four intensive three-day workshop sessions focused on providing a conceptual framework while building selected competencies needed to fulfill the leadership and management roles particular to university IT organizations.

The five sessions are spaced over eight months, each with pre-work and application assignments to be completed between the sessions.

An Applied Learning Track

An applied learning track engages participants in practicing the leadership ideas and lessons presented during the course of the program. Individuals will be encouraged to apply what they learn to their current work and report back on their experiences; they will engage in small experiments to test out new approaches; and they will explore strategic issues important to their field.

An Individual Development Track

Each participant is expected to commit to an individual development plan that includes: receiving feedback from a 360° survey process, completing a self-assessment, establishing goals, and participating in one-on-one coaching sessions. This program component is designed to support people doing the individual "work on self" that is a critical dimension of the developmental process.

Building Leadership Community Track

Throughout the program there will be considerable emphasis on relying on each other, learning from each other, and depending on each other to make these lessons learned sustainable beyond the program end date. Workshops are filled with group work, affinity groups are charged with work between sessions, peer coaches are assigned and the bond formed during this program becomes a critical currency for getting things done in the organization going forward.


You will be contacted by your coach to get acquainted and set up a meeting to review your 360 feedback assessment. Your coach will be assigned and available to you throughout the program to support your learning.

Please read our overview of coaching to find out how you can take best advantage of this opportunity.

Please feel free to consult the program leaders if you need any clarification or help as you prepare for these sessions. While you will ultimately have a designated coach, our intent is for you to be able to look to any of the leaders to support your learning throughout this year.


The program unfolds in over 8 months in a series of multi-day workshops. See the Sessions page for the themes addressed.

Session One - January 27-29, 2015 - Stanford University

Session Two - April 7-9, 2015 - Cornell University

Session Three - June 23-25, 2015 - Harvard University

Session Four - September 15-17, 2015 - Yale University


Getting Started


Participation in this program is by invitation. Please register using the url in our welcome email to you. Registration asks for some of your work history and a brief essay on what you bring to and expect from the program as well as an initial goal for the program.

Begin preparing for the 360 survey now by considering who your raters might be. You'll be invited to provide your list of ratersabout six weeks before the first program session. It's important to keep to the schedule on this aspect of the program to allow the reports to be done on time.

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Smyser,