Why invest in leadership development?

Now, more than ever, strong leaders will be the key to employee retention, engagement, and a healthy workplace culture. Covid 19 has shown us that leaders who are intentional about supporting, motivating and inspiring their teams will stand out as employers of choice in the competition for labour. Strong leadership leads to a happy, engaged, invested team that comes to work excited to contribute. The result is an awesome culture, effective execution of strategic goals, high levels of performance and a positive impact on the business bottom line.

“In an era where employees have lots of job options, strong managers must see their employees as people, not just workers with a dollar sign. That simply won’t fly, especially with the younger workforce. The future of work demands that we put people at the center of every organization by encouraging them to bring their whole selves to work. Inclusive leaders lead from the heart, understanding that people cannot separate themselves into pieces that belong in different slots. Managers who support the whole person when they come to work  and lead alongside, not above them, will reap the results of a stronger culture, higher retention, productivity, and personal accountability.”

– Ingrid Vaughan

Whether you’re a business owner, manager or supervisor in a leadership role, the Smart Leadership Academy will be a valuable experience for your professional growth and business success. The Academy focuses on helping leaders hone their people-management skills. It’s a six-month cohort-based program that includes classroom instruction, facilitated group activities, peer support and applied workplace learning, delivered in an engaging, relaxed learning environment. Leadership growth and development is enhanced by one-on-one coaching and structured accountability. 

Here’s what you’ll learn at the Academy:

Part 1   –   Leading Self – Learn how to lead from a place that reflects who you are, not copying someone else’s style.

Part 2  –   Leading Teams – Learn new strategies, tools and models for effectively leading and inspiring your team.

Part 3   –   Leading Organizations – Maximize your leadership skills to impact on your organization’s success.

Upcoming Academy Intakes:

September 2021 – click here to enrol.


“I really enjoyed the range of backgrounds of the people in the cohort.I found the exercises around discovering my values and getting to know myself asa leader particularly valuable.”

– Jillan Valpy, Craigdarroch Castle

“It was a great place to step back and look at the big picture, especially when a pandemic suddenly emerged and we all had to shift gears.”

– Blaise McDonald, Mac Renovation

“I can’t wait to share whatI’ve learned with my team!”

– Susan Renton, Hansbraun Investments Ltd.

“The highlights for me were spending time with high calibre, engaged leaders and the depth of the curriculum – setting the bar high. There is enormous potential for me to grow, using this material with my team moving forward.”

– Peter Richardson Level Ground Coffee