Living Leadership: The Executive Excellence Program

Real World – Live Issues – Real Results

Applications must be submitted 10 working days prior to the beginning of session 1 at the latest.

18 classroom and 4 action learning groups over 12 months

Living Leadership is one of the most influential and experiential leadership programs available to the public service. The program's thoughtful and innovative approach sets a new standard of excellence in developing the most powerful leadership tool you possess: you. Upon completion of the program, you will have the leadership skills and capacities necessary to address the challenges facing your organization and the public service at large.

Components and structure

Living Leadership involves 18 days in the classroom and 4 action learning groups over a 12-month period. It features case studies, individual coaching and psychometric assessments.

Program components include:

  • Classroom sessions: Participants engage in discussions with each other and subject matter experts and have access to meaningful leadership insight from the ADM and DM communities to apply practical theories in the public service context.
  • Action learning groups: Participants collaborate in small groups to build learning and coaching competencies.
  • Site visits: Lasting up to two full days, site visits expose participants to a variety of public, private, associative, community and academic stakeholders in order to gain a broader perspective of leadership styles and organizational challenges.
  • Individual coaching: One-on-one executive coaching sessions enable participants to transfer newly acquired leadership skills to their workplace.
  • 360 degree feedback: Participants receive feedback from their peers, direct reports, supervisors and others based on the Key Leadership Competencies.
  • Alumni community: Graduates become members of the Living Leadership Alumni community, including leaders from a broad range of departments.
  • Case studies: Participants work together to research, analyze, synthesize and resolve complex issues relevant to the leadership challenges in the current public service context.


The program aims to

  • provide participants with a clear and comprehensive understanding of their own leadership style;
  • establish a cadre of accomplished leaders grounded in the Key Leadership Competencies of the public service;
  • identify issues inherent to public service leadership through meaningful conversations and reflection.


Program participants

  • gain comprehensive understanding of their leadership style and its impact on others in their organization and the public service at large;
  • improve their capacity to apply existing skills through self-assessment, reflection and implementation;
  • learn from and work alongside successful public service leaders from a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • identify and integrate the personal and professional traits, skills and abilities that characterize exceptional leaders;
  • transfer newly acquired leadership skills and techniques to the workplace through one-on-one coaching sessions;
  • broaden and expand their professional networks.

Who should attend

Living Leadership is intended for executives in federal, provincial and municipal government at the EX-01 level, or equivalent, with more than two years of experience at the executive level.


$15,000 (payable over two fiscal years)

Travel and accommodation costs related to site visits (up to $2,000) are not included.


Participants must

  • be a Director in federal, provincial or municipal government at the EX-01 level, or equivalent, with two years of experience at the executive level;
  • be bilingual or have a working ability in their second language;
  • be committed to attending all events and activities.

To obtain a copy of the application form, contact the Living Leadership program.

Upcoming cohort

Cohort 2015-A (Cancelled)

  • November 4-6, 2014 | Session 1: Building our Community (NCR)
  • December 9-11, 2014 | Session 2: Management Excellence (NCR)
  • February 3-5, 2015 | Session 3: Engagement (NCR)
  • March 3-5, 2015 | Session 4: Strategic Thinking (NCR)
  • April 8 and 9, 2015 | Session 5: Complex Systems (NCR)
  • May 13 and 14, 2015 | Session 6: Leadership Site Visits
  • June 22 and 23, 2015 | Session 7: Global Perspective and Graduation (NCR)

Attendance Policy

To receive a Certificate of Graduation participants must

  • participate in 15 of the 18 classroom days;
  • participate in 3 of the 4 action learning groups.

Cancellation Policy

This program runs continuously for 12 months. Although the School will always support a participant's request to withdraw from the program, there are no refunds after registration.

Participants wishing to leave the program must find a replacement that meets the requirements of the program, 15 working days before the beginning of the program.

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