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What is Pathways?


What is Pathways?

Based on Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s leadership principle: “Leadership development is self-development,” Pathways is a 10-month program designed for high-performing individuals to enhance their interpersonal effectiveness. The Pathways program guides participants through a self-discovery process to enable them to enhance their leadership propensity. Through this self-discovery process, participants will gain an understanding of “what they value, what inspires them, what challenges them, what gives them power and competence, and what encourages them. When they discover those things about themselves, they’ll know what it takes to lead those qualities out of others.” Through the program year, participants will complete a series of courses, identify and lead a project for their unit or department, and participate on a team project with other Pathways participants. These program components align with Kouzes' and Posner's, “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership” as discussed in their book, The Leadership Challenge. Based on 25 years of research and data from over three million leaders, Kouzes and Posner identified that extraordinary leaders, whether in formal or informal positions, demonstrate the following five practices:

  1. Modeling the Way
  2. Inspiring a Shared Vision
  3. Challenging the Process
  4. Enabling Others to Act
  5. Encouraging the Heart

Participants will study and apply these leadership practices by completing the following requirements:

  • Participate in a 360-degree feedback assessment to identify key leadership behaviors and determine leadership development goals.
  • Complete fourteen leadership development courses aligned with the five leadership practices.
  • Partner with other participants on a Team Project and Team Presentation.
  • Identify and lead a project for the individual's department/unit.
  • Capture the Pathways experience through an Achievement Report and Presentation to demonstrate leadership accomplishments.
  • Partner with a Pathways advisor who serves as a coach and mentor through the program.
  • Network with peers and colleagues throughout the NC State Community and Partners.


What are the required Pathways courses?

  • The Leadership Challenge Workship
  • Introduction to Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Project Management
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Business Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Team Fundamentals
  • Team Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • Generations in the Workplace
  • Business Ethics
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Two Electives


What is the cost?

  $375 per N.C. State Faculty and Staff


What are past attendees saying about Pathways?

Read what our past attendees are saying about Pathways


What is the time commitment?

Approximately 90 hours of required courses and 21 hours of meeting time or approximately 3 weeks commitment spread out over the program year.


Who should participate in the program?

The program is open to full-time employees of NC State University and Campus Partners who demonstrate leadership potential as outlined in the “Successful Pathways Participant Behaviors" below.


What are the Successful Pathways Participant Behaviors?

To determine the profile of a successful candidate, consider the following questions: Does the potential Pathways Leadership Development Program participant:

  • seek out challenging opportunities?
  • talk about future trends that will influence how work gets done?
  • develop cooperative relationships among the people s/he works with?
  • set a personal example of what s/he expects from others?
  • recognize people for a job well done?
  • challenge people to try new and innovative approaches to their work?
  • describe a compelling image of what the future of your department could be like and inspire others?
  • actively listen to diverse points of view and treat others with dignity and respect?
  • follow through on the promises and commitments that s/he makes?


How do participants enroll?

Training & Organizational Development (T&OD) is postponing registration for the Pathways and Performance Leadership Programs while we update our leadership curriculum.  Please contact T&OD for other professional development opportunities.

For further information on the Pathways Leadership Development Program contact Stephanie Kelber, Program Manager or Carina Lockley, Program Coordinator.


Last Edited: August 29th, 2013