Leadership - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Leadership.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An understanding of the complex, interdisciplinary and contemporary problems and issues faced by leaders of organizations
  • An understanding of organizational theory, how organizations operate, and their role within society
  • The ability to apply leadership theories and principles that result in effective teamwork across functional areas in organizations
  • An understanding of the role of ethics, moral principles and codes in organizations
  • Application of scientific research methods in organizations
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and project management principles
  • An awareness of the human resources function and how it fits within organizational structures
  • Knowledge of the connections between leadership, organizational culture and organizational change
  • Effective communication and public speaking skills
  • Multicultural competence including an understanding of managing a diverse workforce

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Account Executive
Bank Manager
Branch Manager
Brand Management
Career Planner
Commercial Banking
Community Relations Specialist
Credit Specialist
Customer Service Manager
Development Co-ordinator
Economic Development
Educational Administrator
Employee Program Co-ordinator
Entrepreneur/Business Owner
Event Planner
General Manager
Government Services Worker
Grant Writer
Hospital Administrator
Hospitality Management
Hotel Manager
Human Resources Specialist
Insurance Claims Adjustor
International Business Manager
Management Consultant
Management Trainee
Market Research Analyst
Marketing Specialist
Mortgage Loans Officer
Office Manager
Operations Manager
Organizational Change Consultant
Organizational Strategy Analyst
Outreach Co-ordinator
Production Manager
Program and Policy Analyst
Program Co-ordinator
Project Manager
Public Relations
Recreation Co-ordinator
Sales Representative/Manager
Special Events Co-ordinator
Training Specialist
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Banks and Credit Unions
Consulting Firms
Consumer Products Companies
Educational Institutions
Government Agencies/Offices
Hospitality Industry
Insurance Companies
International Organizations
Law Firms
Long-term Care Facilities
Marketing Firms
News Media
Non-Government Organizations
Non Profit Organizations
Political Parties
Public Relations Firms
Recreational Agencies

Additional Study

Business Administration
Human Resources
Industrial Relations
International Business
Labour Studies
International Business
Labour Studies


Canadian Public Relations Society - cprs.ca
Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario  - hrpa.ca
Canadian Fundraiser - canadianfundraiser.com
Canadian Special Events - canadianspecialevents.com
Charity Village - Canada’s supersite for the non-profit sector  - charityvillage.com
Ontario Public Service Careers - www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Jobs.aspx
International Leadership Association - ila-net.org
The Centre for Global Leadership - leadglobally.org

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.


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