Leadership Institute

Profile of a man sitting and listening during a Leadership Institute discussion

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills.

The Leadership Institute is designed for individuals who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.  Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development and addressing issues relevant to the college community. Participants will have opportunities to engage in college improvement strategies and lead a project within their individual areas of passion.

Leadership Institute Stretch Project

Leadership Institute 2014 Stretch project, Employee Community Luncheons, was implemented into practice in the Fall 2015.  The goal of these luncheons is to encourage and foster shared ownership, unity in community, employee pride, and a spirit of cooperation at GRCC.


The GRCC Leadership Institute programs seek a diverse pool of candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Exemplifies GRCC's Values
  • Commitment to attending the program in its entirety
  • Continuing employment at GRCC for one year after completion of the Leadership Institute program

Time commitment 

Leadership Institute is a 12-month program including six sessions, one session a month starting in January and ending in June. In addition to the six sessions, participants will have individual assignments and a stretch project to complete. For specific dates, please contact Jessica Berens.


Selection Process

An employee may self–nominate or be nominated by another member of the GRCC Family for the Leadership Institute. The application must have the immediate supervisor and the executive budget control officer’s signature of approval. The leadership screening committee conducts the selection process. Staff Development will notify each applicant selected (or not selected) to participate in the Leadership Institute.

Application Requirements

Deadline:  Friday, October 26, 2018

Please complete the application in its entirety. Nominations are welcomed. All application packets must be received by the posted deadline.

Please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources for a copy of the interactive application.

Leadership Institute (for New or Emerging Leaders)

Whether you are a new leader entering a new role or aspiring to become a leader one day, this Leadership Institute is designed for you. This Institute focuses on leadership development that addresses the unique challenges of a community of higher education. In this Institute you will learn how to develop your full potential, improve communication, and strengthen organizational culture through key leadership competencies. This Institute emphasizes the importance of preparation (acquiring expertise), navigating turbulent obstacles, as well as recognizing and utilizing skills and opportunities—all steps necessary for successful results.

You will receive support from a seasoned GRCC leader who will partner with you as your coach. You will also design, implement and execute a stretch project of your choosing that addresses an issue that is strategically relevant to GRCC. By focusing on self-awareness, ingenuity, best practices, experiential learning, and coaching; this program strengthens the leadership skills of GRCC faculty and staff and includes:

  1. A flexible, self-paced leadership development curriculum offered over a one year period
  2. Support from a seasoned GRCC leader who has been trained in coaching
  3. Learning resources to support Individual Development Plans (IDP)
  4. Completion of a project addressing an issue that is strategically relevant to GRCC

If you are interested in learning more about the Leadership Institute, please contact Jessica Berens.