About the Leadership Academy

“The Leadership Academy nurtures those qualities and empowers the ASU community to take our New American University to new heights.”

ASU President, Michael M. Crow

Our Mission

The Leadership Academy will cultivate a new type of leader – one who can harness innovative collaborations to deliver on the promise of a New American University.


What is the Leadership Academy?

The Leadership Academy (LA) provides a year-long series of trainings to ASU faculty and staff who are emerging as leaders to increase the university’s capacity to realize the ideals of a New American University. With the main focus on communication, team building, creating and securing resources, and building a culture of excellence, LA also provides opportunities for members to network with current and emerging leaders across the university. The core of the training will be three 2-day (overnight) workshops, with small group and Exploring Leadership Series sessions occurring throughout the year.

LA offers two separate tracks each year: peerLA and teamLA. peerLA is an individual leadership development experience, while teamLA is structured around several teams that are designed to advance initiatives of central importance to ASU, both by facilitating individual leadership development, and team vision and advancement. Both will develop skills in areas related to innovative collaboration, connect with internal and external communities of experts, and draw from the development of shared culture and values that defines the New American University.

Our History

Officially launched in January 2012, the Leadership Academy was created from a LightWorks initiative geared toward developing leadership skills in faculty and staff within sustainability and related research fields. These first members (cohort I) participated in workshops that shaped and advanced leadership skills while providing networking and peer-mentoring opportunities.

In January 2014, the Leadership Academy broadened its reach, looking university-wide for the brightest and best from all departments and colleges to form cohort II.

In November 2014, the LA sponsors - the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development - requested to expand LA from the original individual leader focus to include a team element, thus the two LA tracks were created. 

In 2018, the Office of the President became the sponsor for peerLA. Knowledge Enterprise Development (KED) continues to sponsor teamLA.  


value for leaders

The Leadership Academy provides a year-long series of workshops, informal peer-mentoring (“brown-bag”) sessions and networking opportunities for current and emerging leaders at ASU.

hone your skills

Develop and hone the tools, knowledge, skills and “know-how” of a leader.

build your network

Create and engage a network of external and internal leadership experts and colleagues.

improve your team

Enhance communication skills for team, project and institutional management & advancement.

criteria for leaders

The deans of each college nominate participants. If you wish to be nominated, please contact your dean. Participants must meet the following requirements:

ASU faculty or staff

Participants must hold a faculty or staff position within Arizona State University.

workshop attendance

Participants must commit to attending all three off-site workshops.

group sessions

Participants must participate throughout the year in smaller group sessions and discussions.


commitment for leaders

attend all workshops

The Leadership Academy hosts three 2-day workshops each year. Participants are required to attend all workshops.

take on a leadership activity

Participants must take on a "leadership activity" to practice what they're leading and demonstrate tangible progress throughout the year.

collaborate

Participants are required to collaborate with fellow cohort members throughout the program year.

participate in peer coaching

Participation in a peer coaching group helps cohort members network and find support from peers.

attend all workshops

The Leadership Academy hosts three 2-day workshops each year. Participants are required to attend all workshops.

team strategy meetings

Designed to help identify and meet team goals and ensure teams are working together throughout the year.

collaborate

Participants are required to collaborate with fellow cohort members throughout the program year.

final briefing

The teamLA experience culminates in a briefing to University leadership to present a plan for how ASU can support the team moving forward.