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 nine-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 www.trainingmag.org.


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 is requested from Collegiate Leadership during late December/early January.
  • 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 oe-leader@uiowa.edu for any questions regarding UI LEAD.

Leadership Development

U.S. mailing address
The University of Iowa
121 University Services Bldg., Ste. 50
Iowa City, IA 52242

Frequently Asked Questions

“360” refers to the 360 degrees in a circle, an all-around view, and 360-degree feedback is also known as multi-rater feedback.

A 360 is a way for multiple individuals, with different perspectives, to share feedback with a colleague related to his/her skill, performance, and leadership. Examples of raters in a 360 assessment include direct reports, team members, peers, and managers or administrators.

UI LEAD recognizes that individual development leads to organizational success.

"The better designed development initiatives employ structured 360-degree feedback based on responses from workplace colleagues....Learning is enhanced whenever individuals have some form of behavior feedback..." (Jay Conger, Marshall School of Business at The University of Southern California and author of Learning to Lead)

After your colleague (the UI LEAD participant) announces his/her upcoming 360, you will receive an email from Envisia Learning within one week’s time.

To: (your name)

From: Envisia Learning

Subject: UI LEAD Participant - Feedback Questionnaire

This email will contain directions and a link to access the online 360.

  • Standard deadline: 2.5 weeks.
  • During this time, you can exit and return to the survey. The Envisia Learning system will save your responses.
  • Automatic reminder: Envisia will send a reminder email mid-way before the deadline to all raters whom have not yet completed the online 360.

If you don’t recall receiving the email from Envisia Learning within one week of your colleague’s notification, please check your deleted folders. If you need another invitation sent to you, email clientservices@envisialearning.com or Barb Simon.