Human Resources

Leadership Academy

The Rollins Leadership Academy is a progressive, in-house leadership development and community building program intended to develop and strengthen the capacity of Rollins employees to support the Rollins mission through effective and responsible leadership.


The Leadership Academy program is founded on two principle beliefs. First, that leadership is dynamic relational behavior not limited by position or authority. As such, employees at every level and title should develop their capacity to lead effectively.  Second, that leadership development is an ongoing and never ending process of self-examination, reflection, feedback, learning and coaching.  Building upon this philosophy, the program is designed to empower employees and provide them with the knowledge and relational competencies to be effective leaders and take meaningful action in support of the mission each and every day.

The Leadership Academy is comprised of two distinct but integrated programs - Leadership Foundations and its advanced counterpart, the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP). Both programs blend in-depth, interactive workshop instruction, teambuilding, self and peer assessment using multiple personality and behavioral style indicators (such as Leadership Practices Inventory®, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument®, Everything DiSC Management Profile®, CCL Benchmarks® 360-Degree Leadership Profile), and individualized leadership coaching to enhance learning and relational skill building.  Included among the Programs’ many facilitators and coaches are College faculty, senior administrators, licensed counselors, and leadership development consultants.

Leadership Foundations is a semester long program focusing on effective leadership practices, leadership styles, conflict management, workplace inclusivity, feedback skills, change management, innovation, and customer service excellence. The ALP, as its name implies, is a more advanced program integrating in-depth self assessment, leadership coaching, and contemporary leadership workshops in such areas as innovation, emotional intelligence, ethics, legitimacy, social capital, and college strategy. The two programs provide employees with 1) a foundational and advanced understanding of leadership and its many dimensions; 2) an awareness of their own relational styles, the styles of others, and the implications for successful interaction and teamwork; 3) an awareness of their leadership strengths and developmental opportunities; 4) action plans based on individual needs; and 5) the opportunity to develop supportive and cooperative relationships across campus which facilitate effective leadership and problem solving.

Spring 2019 Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations, the hallmark program of the Leadership Academy, is a comprehensive leadership development program focusing on fundamentals of leadership best practice, leadership style, conflict management, change management, workplace inclusivity, feedback skills and service excellence principles. The program is open to both current and aspiring administrators and supervisors, as well as those wishing to become more effective leaders in their staff level roles.

Program Structure

This program will be offered during the 2019 Spring Semester to a cohort of approximately 20-24 participants representing a diverse cross-section of College departments. The program is delivered as a complete series of 3-4 hour courses over a period of 12 weeks. Those selected as participants are expected to be available to attend all sessions.

The application period for the 2019 Spring Leadership Foundations Program is closed.


Improve the effectiveness of College employees by:

  1. Enhancing their knowledge, skills and competencies in leadership and supervisory methods, principles, and practices.
  2. Enhancing their awareness of behavioral styles and the ability to adapt different styles of behavior as needed to enhance one's effectiveness as a leader.
  3. Raising their awareness of conflict styles and effective approaches to conflict resolution.  
  4. Developing their ability to effectively lead and manage change.
  5. Developing their ability to effectively manage an increasingly diverse work force and help foster an inclusive workplace environment characterized by fairness, understanding, and mutual respect/civility.
  6. Developing their ability to engage in crucial conversations and give and receive feedback effectively.

2019 Spring Schedule

Session Dates Time Session Location Facilitator(s)
Opening/Team Building Session Wednesday, February 6 8:30am - 5:00pm

Bieberbach-Reed Room

Brian Jackson
The Leader's Edge Wednesday, February 13 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Rick Bommelje
The Situational Leader Wednesday, February 27 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Rick Bommelje
Leadership & Emotional Intelligence Wednesday, March 6 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Susan Bach
Leadership Styles - DiSC Wednesday, March 13 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Mark Freeman
TetraMap Thursday, March 21 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room

Daniel Entwistle

Adapting to and Leading Change Wednesday, April 3 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Susan Bach
Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader Wednesday, April 10 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Mark Freeman
The Art of Feedback Wednesday, April 17 8:00am - 1:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Brian Jackson
Your Leadership I.D Wednesday, April 24 9:00am - 12:00pm   Bieberbach-Reed Room Suzan Hochstetler
Conversation with President Grant Cornwell & Graduation Friday, April 26 10:45am - 1:00pm Bieberbach-Reed Room & Barker House Grant Cornwell
Debrief Session Tuesday, April 30 9:00am - 11:00am   Bieberbach-Reed Room Mark Freeman & David Zajchowski

Advanced Leadership Program (ALP)

The Rollins Advanced Leadership Program (ALP), an extension of Leadership Foundations, is intended to advance leadership learning, problem solving and community building across the Rollins enterprise by strengthening the capacity of each employee to support the College mission through effective and responsible leadership. The program will build upon the fundamental elements of the Leadership Foundations program and provide participants with the opportunity to explore emerging leadership topics and reexamine their own leadership proficiency and ongoing developmental needs within a community of fellow academy graduates and expert feedback coaches.

The ALP is premised on the philosophy that leadership development is an ongoing and never ending process of self examination, reflection, feedback, learning and coaching. Participants will receive highly individualized leadership coaching to help in further understanding and appreciating their behavioral style preferences, leadership strengths, developmental opportunities, and the impact of their behavior on others; and in developing action plans based on their unique needs. This will be achieved through ongoing, individualized consultation with an ALP coach (using results of multiple behavioral style and leadership assessment instruments) and participation in the ALP peer group coaching roundtable – leaders coaching leaders.

The ALP will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of contemporary leadership issues within the transforming leadership climate
  • Reassess leadership within a peer group of Academy graduates and instructors
  • Enhance awareness of their evolving leadership style
  • Stimulate continued learning and self actualization
  • Reinforce strengths and identify developmental opportunities
  • Create an individualized Leadership Development Action Plan
  • Expand relationships that enhance leadership effectiveness

This will be achieved through an integrated program of:

  • One-on-one leadership coaching and peer group coaching roundtables
  • Administration and interpretation of advanced leadership assessment instruments (DiSC Work of Leaders®, 360-Degree Leadership Profile)
  • Participation in a series of expert-lead roundtable discussions on emerging and contemporary leadership topics
  • Assigned Readings Intended to Advance Leadership Learning and Competency Development
  • Collaborative Developmental Action Planning and Follow-up Assessment with a Feedback Coach

The Advanced Leadership Program will be open to all Leadership Academy Foundations program graduates and be offered during the spring semester. The anticipated class size is 15-16 participants. For more information, please review the ALP Session Descriptions.

To be considered for admission, applicants must complete a brief online application; have the full support of their department head; and must to be able to immerse themselves fully in all aspects the ALP. This program is not for the passive participant.

PLEASE NOTE: ALP participants will be utilizing Blackboard to access session materials, collaborate with participants and leadership coach.