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Learning & Development

At McMaster we believe in the ongoing cultivation of human potential, leveraging the diverse talents of our employees, and recognizing that everyone is a leader in their own role. We have a variety of learning and development options to support your development so that you are continually learning, building experience and contributing your value as a leader at McMaster.

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Development Planning

As you develop your plan, consider the following:

  • What are my areas for development? Do I want to strengthen skills or acquire new skills?
  • What am I interested in learning about that will support me in my current role? What learning should I consider to support a move to a different role?
  • Of the six McMaster Core Leadership Capabilities, which leadership capability am I most interested in developing?

In developing your plan, we suggest a variety of development activities including:

Activities to explore:

  • Internal Organization Volunteer Opportunities
  • External Community Volunteer Opportunities
  • Committee Work (team, department or university level)
  • Participate in, Coach or Lead an Athletic/ Recreational Teams
  • Participate in or Lead an Arts/ Cultural Group

Options to explore:

Activities to explore:

  • Onboarding activities
  • Practical operational experiences
    • examples: budgeting, strategic planning
  • Special cross-functional/ unit assignments
  • Project work (team/ department/ university)
  • Leading team, department and project group meetings
  • Internal and external event management
  • Job shadowing/ rotations


Activities to explore:

  • Networking (Individual/ Group Events)
  • Mentoring (Peer Mentor/ Mentee)
  • Coaching (Self/ Peer, Open to coaching and actively practises)
  • Communities of Practice (Internal and External)
  • Assessments (Personality, Skill, Competency, Leadership)
  • Professional Association memberships
  • Social media profiles
    • examples: LinkedIn