About LEAD: The Staff Version

LEAD: The Staff Version is a year-long leadership development program for staff.


About the LEAD (Staff) Program

The LEAD (Leadership, Enhancement, Activities & Development) Program is a year-long leadership development program designed to help participants enhance their leadership skills, build relationships with people across campus and develop strategies to help them flourish as leaders and team players. The Staff program is led by Dr. Athena du Pré, Distinguished University Professor.

Background information about the program:

  • LEAD: The Staff Version is sponsored by the Office of the Provost;
  • It is based on the LEAD program that flourished at UWF for nearly 15 years before budget cuts forced the university to put the program on hold;
  • Approximately 15 applicants will be accepted to take part in monthly leadership retreats and field trips;
  • Full-time UWF workforce staff members are eligible to apply;

Participants will get to know colleagues from across the university as they build leadership skills that will serve them well in any position. They will also engage in such activities as:

  • field trips on and off campus;
  • roundtable discussions with university leaders;
  • leadership workshops on topics such as project management, servant leadership, event planning, conflict management, providing legendary service, public speaking skills, and more;
  • discussion about current issues in leadership;
  • strategy-building sessions to apply the skills to your job;
  • participation in a team project to benefit the university.

Applying for LEAD: The Staff Version 2020-2021

We are currently accepting applications from full-time UWF employees in staff positions at UWF. Please review the information below before completing the application form linked at the bottom.

The Format

  • A team-builder retreat will kick off the experience in August.
  • Participants will take part in leadership retreats (usually 9:30 am to 4 pm) one Friday a month, September through April.
  • Monthly retreats will consist of:
    • fieldtrips on and off campus;
    • roundtable discussions with university leaders;
    • leadership workshops on topics such as project management, servant leadership, event planning, conflict management, providing legendary service, public speaking skills, and more;
    • strategy-building sessions to apply the skills to your job;
    • work on a team project to benefit UWF.
  • A graduation reception/celebration will be held in April.

How to Apply

  • As of Friday, May 22, the application period has ended.
2020-2021 Dates and Typical LEAD Agenda

2020-2021 Workshop Dates

  • Friday, August 14
    • 9:00 am - Noon
    • Team-Builder Retreat
  • Friday, September 18
    • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, October 9
    • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, October 30
    • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, November 20
    • 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    • Project Proposal Presentation
  • Friday, January 22
    • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, February 5
    • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, February 26
    • All day trip to the Emerald Coast campus
  • Friday, April 2
    • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, April 16
    • Time TBA
    • Graduationceremony

Typical Workshop Agenda

  • 9:30 am - Work on Team Project
  • 11:30 am - Guest presenter
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch with guest speaker (campus leader)
  • 1:15 pm - Tour of a UWF center of excellence
  • 1:45 pm - Follow-up conversation about guest presentation
  • 2:30 pm - Leadership workshop
  • 4:00 pm - Adjourn