The CAO Division is excited to announce the Washington University Institute for Leadership Excellence. 

The institute will implement a sustainable structure to support ongoing development of leadership competencies that prepare employees for management and leadership roles within the institution and promotes a philosophy of an inclusive growth mindset. 

Our Definition of Leadership
At Washington University, we take an expansive view of leading and leadership. Leadership is about the positive impact a person seeks to effect with individuals, on a team, in the workplace, at the community level, and more. Leading involves working with others in the pursuit of shared goals. With this conceptualization, you have likely performed small (or large) acts of leadership many times.

Cohort Programs

On behalf of WashU Institute for Leadership Excellence (WashU ILE) we would like to proclaim that the time has come! We are pleased to announce that we are launching several programs.  There are currently two programs being launched in the Fall of 2023: the Emerging Leaders Program and the Leadership Excellence and Development Program. Additionally, we are launching a Coaching Program starting in June. If you are interested in any of these programs, we are now accepting applications. 

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed for new and existing first-line supervisors and individuals who lead university teams and initiatives to gain greater leadership capabilities through building the skillset and mindset necessary to lead self and others effectively. Participants graduate with the skills, connections and support essential to grow and evolve as a leader at WashU. Learn more about the Emerging Leaders Program.

Leadership Excellence and Development Program

The Leadership Excellence and Development Program (LEAD) is currently being targeted to more seasoned leaders (typically with five to 10 years of experience) who are responsible for coaching and leading front-line leaders. These are leaders who incorporate university strategy and mission into their team’s deliverables and do planning ranging between three to five years into the future. Learn more about the Leadership Excellence and Development Program.

Coaching Program

The Coaching Program is set to launch in mid-June and is designed to help individuals generate discussion and aid in developing their team members (and others). To qualify for this program, you should have some leadership experience, possess good communication skills, and be motivated by helping others reach their potential. This program will be an integral part of both fall cohorts. You will have the opportunity to receive coach training from an executive coach who is certified by the International Coaching Foundation. By being part of this, you will get real-time and real-life coaching as you work with the participants to help them grow as leaders. Learn more about the Coaching Program.


Please reach out to:

Carla Bailey

Andrea Nelson

Andrea Nelson