ND Lead

NDLead is an initiative for faculty that aims to shape the next generation of academic leaders. This nine-month program strengthens the performance of possible future academic leaders across the University by increasing their self-awareness, deepening their understanding of Notre Dame’s mission and operations, and facilitating growth in complex decision-making and communication skills essential for leadership.

Program Structure

  • Offered every other year
  • Five sessions scheduled two to three months apart, each typically one-and-a-half days in duration

Target Participants

Tenured late-associate or full professors with identified leadership potential. Nominations for participants are solicited from deans, associate provosts, and the provost.

Topics Covered

  • Personality Traits
  • 360 Leadership Assessment (individual coaching provided)
  • Negotiations
  • Goal Setting & Strategic Planning
  • Under Pressure—Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Conducting Authentic Conversations as Leaders
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Problem-Solving
  • Leadership in a Catholic Institution
  • Running a University
  • Understand Why Change is So Hard and Unlock Your Leadership Potential


  • Previous NDLead participants
  • Faculty administrators
  • HR from a chair’s perspective
  • Insight from the deans
  • Wellness

Social Components

  • Lunch with leaders in the University (offered every session)
  • Opening dinner
  • Social networking happy hour at end of each session
  • Closing dinner


Questions can be directed to Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, at 631-8052 or lcarlson@nd.edu.