Leadership for Young Professionals

Leadership for Young Professionals

January 26 to March 30, 2023
Online delivery

Applications for this program have now passed.


This program is designed for young professionals aged 18-34 in Canada, who consider themselves to be in the early stages of their careers. (Participants do not need to be currently employed).

We hear about leadership all the time – in the contexts of our workplaces, governments, schools, and communities… but what is leadership really?

This course is intended to support young professionals in the early stages of their careers as they explore what leadership means to them in the context of their work and future goals. It will offer participants the chance to grow their understanding of what leadership means, explore their own personal strengths as leaders, learn new skills, and begin to think through how they can apply their leadership in the workplace.

Benefits and Learning Objectives

After seven weeks, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of leadership in its entirety, as well as with a personal inventory of their own strengths as a leader. They’ll have learned new skills and strategies for practicing holistic leadership in the workplace from experts and from their peers, including how to create safer and welcoming workplaces; handle difficult discussions; facilitate workshops; and prioritize self and community care within the work environment. Throughout the course, participants will also work to identify how to apply their learnings, adapt the skills they’ve learned to suit their own personal leadership styles, and use their strengths in leadership to take them from where they are to wherever they want to go—making an impact on what matters to them.

Time Requirement

As a course participant, you can expect to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week, over 9 weeks. Participants in this course are expected to meet online each Thursday from 2 to 4 pm (Atlantic Time).

Technology Requirement

  • Computer or laptop
  • Reliable internet access (high speed is recommended)
  • Speakers and microphone

Online Learning Experience

As a blended model of delivery, you will have the opportunity to engage in learning activities through asynchronous activities (Moodle) and through live discussions (Zoom).

Once per week, there will be a two-hour session on Zoom where we will gather for a real-time, facilitated discussion and activities. These synchronous sessions might also include panel discussions or guest speakers. As a participant, you are expected to engage with your peers in the weekly synchronous space, and to complete weekly coursework and assignments on time before and after class.

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for young professionals aged 18-34 in Canada, who consider themselves to be in the early stages of their careers. (Participants do not need to be currently employed).


The tuition fee for this course is $300 CAD. Coady Institute strives to ensure change leaders working in communities around the world have access to its courses. This is made possible through the provision of bursaries that are funded by many individual and institutional donors. A limited number of Full bursaries are available for First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons residing in Canada as well as persons from African Nova Scotian communities. Applicants will be able to express their interest in obtaining a bursary during the application process.

Full bursaries are also available from the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) for eligible applicants from Nova Scotia. This includes applicants working for a program or agency engaged in employment services delivery, or engaged in social innovation activities to alleviate poverty, strengthen livelihoods, and create more equitable employment and entrepreneurial opportunities with and for systemically oppressed groups. For more information, visit the CEI Bursary Program page.


Please Note

Please note that Coady Institute does not accept third party applications. Individuals need to submit their application via Coady’s website and should use caution when approached by those offering services to complete the application and admissions process.