Leadership Development

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building., Suite. 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

UI LEAD (Leadership Education, Assessment, and Development) is a comprehensive leadership program for University of Iowa faculty and staff.  With one-to-one coaching and a group cohort at its core, UI LEAD focuses on individualized feedback, goal-setting and skill development over a three to six month period.

The UI LEAD elements include: facilitated workshops, peer-to-peer learning sessions, individual coaching, and assessments (360, DISC, CliftonStrengths). 


Research on the impact shows:

  • An average return of 5.7 times the initial investment in leadership coaching.  
  • Increased productivity, and improved quality of work, and of work group relationships.
  • Increased work and job satisfaction.
  • Significant change in behavior and skills as viewed by supervisors, direct reports, and peers, specifically in communications, sensitivity, and overall business relatedness.

Source:  Research and meta-analysis by Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D. and Bruce Heller, Ph.D. in “Making Executive Coaching Work” as published in


UI LEAD engages and develops high-potential and high-performing leaders. Candidates may include UI faculty and staff members who are:

  • Experienced leaders preparing for advanced leadership
  • Leaders transitioning into expanded roles managing others
  • Technically gifted faculty and staff seeking to sharpen their people-leadership skills
  • High-potential supervisors preparing for increased leadership roles
  • Leadership teams seeking to increase effectiveness and collaboration


  • Nominations for participation are requested from Collegiate Leadership in late January/February.
  • Currently UI LEAD Intercollegiate runs from June to August (completed prior to the start of the academic year)
  • Nominees will be contacted and must complete the UI LEAD application.
  • Departments, participants and participant supervisors will be notified and given next steps on programming and the UI LEAD fee payment process.

Please reach out to for any questions regarding UI LEAD.