Leadership Development Institute

Leadership Development Institute


Eligibility: Mid-Level Management Employees (e.g. Associate Directors, Directors, Assistant or Associate Deans)

Examples of ideal candidates would be:

  • Individual recently promoted to a leadership role
  • Managerial employee new to Rowan University

Summary: The LDI is an exceptional professional development opportunity for aspirational, high achieving Rowan University employees who are seeking to enhance their leadership skill set, as well as collaborate and network with other similar minded individuals.  This transformational  program includes pre-reading assignments, a series of training classes facilitated by subject matter experts, pre and post assessments, and project work.  The program’s focus is to position future University leaders for success and  become an extraordinary career advancement and succession planning tool for Rowan University. 

Nomination Process: Divisional and department leaders can nominate an employee in their area to be in the program by completing the nomination form (received and reviewed by HR, who manages the program). Some of the nominated individuals are selected to be in the program, while others may be considered for a future cohort.

Time Frame: The due date for nominations is July 31, 2023. The program will begin in October each year and run through April, with a completion ceremony in June.




The Leadership Development Institute would not be possible without the members of the Faculty and Administration who facilitate all of the Instructor-led classes. Their subject matter expertise is essential to the success of the program. The diversity of facilitators and topics results in a thorough and well balanced learning experience for our participants. Additionally, the LDI participants complete some asynchronous learning through the LinkedIn Learning platform.



  • Essential Qualities of Leadership – Part I (What is Leadership?, Employee Engagement, Recent Trends, Culture of Respect, Motivation, Recognition, Transparency) 
  • Essential Qualities of Leadership – Part II (Power and Influence, Delegation & Coaching, Accountability, Setting Performance Expectations, Handling Difficult Conversations, Delivering and Receiving Feedback, On the Job Training Techniques) 
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Project Management 101 
  • Scope, Scale & Success: Discovering, Developing, Designing & Implementing an Original Project
  • LDI Project Development Collaboration
  • The Role of Strategic Planning in Change Management
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Leading with Purpose, Passion, & Inclusivity
  • Social Media and AI in a Generationally Diverse Workplace 
  • Essential Presentation Skills for Leaders

LinkedIn Learning:

Participants will be required to complete two courses asynchronously through the LinkedIn Learning platform.

  • Leading Productive Meetings
  • Inclusive Leadership

Project Work

  • LDI participants will develop, design, and implement a project for their department/division that has been approved for this program by their manager and HR. The project should either be focused on saving money for their department/Rowan (Budget-oriented), improving student or patient experience, streamlining a process through change (Operational Efficiency; Ex. An organized tracking model for delegation tracking or Creating a Procedure Manual), or building employee engagement (Ex. A recognition program within their own department).
  • Facilitate a presentation for their peers in the program and senior leadership on the project summary/plan



  • Career Advancement Preparation
  • Professional Development – the skills learned in the program will help participants to grow professionally and be a stronger leader for the University
  • Collaboration/Network Growth – the graduate will learn more about other areas of the University due to the cross-section of the employees in the program; will build a network of peers to collaborate with for future initiatives
  • Project Work - the selected projects benefit multiple departments across all of Rowan and the participants are given the opportunity to significantly develop their project management skills.
  • The University is recognizing and acknowledging strong talent


"The LDI program put together a series of modules on topics that managers routinely face – project management, conflict resolution, strategies for affecting change, and leading with emotional intelligence, among many others. Each module was very interactive, with the facilitators engaging the participants in various “what-if” or “what would you do if…”  scenarios that I found extremely beneficial." -Robi Polikar

"The LDI was an excellent opportunity to build practical leadership skills as well as connect with peers across the University. The program has motivated me to become a better manager – one who can bring out the best in my team members, regardless of the challenges. I’m so grateful to Rowan for allowing me to participate in this meaningful course!" - Sharon Clark


 LDI Graduation Ceremony

The University recently held a graduation ceremony for the 2022-23 cohort of the Leadership Development Institute. The event was a celebration of all the hard work and dedication exhibited by this exceptional group. Rowan University President, Dr. Ali Houshmand, provided a welcome and introduction, followed by the Director of Training & Development in HR, Jeremy Trowsdale, providing an overview of the program. Several graduates from the inaugural cohort attended and provided a summary regarding each of this year’s graduates and their respective project work for the program.

Congratulations to all the graduates!! A special thanks to everyone who is involved in making the program a success, in particular, the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Rowan University and Chief Administrative Officer – Virtua Health College of Medicine and Life Science, Terri Drye, for her vision for this program, the support building the curriculum, and the overall executive leadership provided, as well as the Rowan Faculty and Administration that facilitate the courses for the program.

Leadership Development Institute 2023 Cohort


Leadership Development Institute Inaugural 2022 Cohort 

LDI group pic