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MJ D'Elia

Creative Curriculum Designer & Facilitator

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Web: mjdelia.com

Company: thirdwaythink.com

Twitter: @mjdelia

Organizations rise and fall on the quality of their leadership. It’s that simple - and that’s why I love working with the LLEAD program.

 

I became a rather reluctant manager when the head of our department left the organization unexpectedly. I agreed to lead our team temporarily until a suitable replacement could be found. Apparently, I enjoyed the opportunity more than I expected because I’ve been managing people and leading teams ever since.

 

I am a librarian by profession, but a teacher at heart. During my career, I’ve been fortunate to teach courses in the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Commerce program, and in the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. I have found that the best way to learn something is to try to teach it to someone else. For me, the classroom environment, whether onsite or online, offers a perfect laboratory to experiment with different techniques and approaches. Instructing thousands of students over the years taught me the importance of staying curious, asking good questions, and taking calculated risks.

 

In 2020, I transitioned to a new role at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, and that is when I first connected with LLEAD. I joined as a guide, and I was immediately impressed by the depth of the curriculum, the passion of the guides, and the calibre of the cohort.

 

LLEAD is a perfect blend of my passions: teaching, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. Designing the curriculum, defining signature learning experiences, and coaching emerging leaders are three of my most favourite things. If the most important job of a leader is to identify and grow the next generation of leaders, then count me in.  

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Who's Involved?

Testimonials

Hailey McCullough

Head of Adult Services

Grande Prairie Public Library

LLEAD Grad 2022

LLEAD is directly responsible for helping me achieve a place at the Leadership table that I had until then found every excuse to avoid! Throughout the year there wasn’t a topic, presenter or speaker that didn’t elevate my understanding of key concepts and principles needed to be effective in my role as a manager. The net result was that I not only benefited from an engaged and resourceful network of colleagues and mentors, but it paved the way for me to move into a managerial position that I had never felt confident enough to pursue, previously.

 

LLEAD 2016 Grad

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