The Six Leadership Conversations (2 half days)

Date & Time

Friday, 05 February 2021
09:00 to 12:30



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Postdoctoral Fellows Office

Registration Closed / Past Event


NOTE: Participants must commit to attending both half days (Friday, January 29th and Friday, February 5th)

Click here to register for this workshop.

The Six Leadership Conversations focuses on building essential competencies to help you as a leader have six necessary conversations at work. Your effectiveness as a leader is directly linked to the way you communicate. The health of your department and organization is a reflection of the type of conversations managers and employees have, in meetings and around the water cooler.


The Six Leadership Conversations is an interactive workshop featuring six essential conversations to help you build your influence and make a difference when you communicate:

  1. Listening conversations—how to listen to understand and empathize. Develop your competence using a four-step process for deep listening by parking judgment, listening to understand and responding with empathy;
  2. Learning conversations—how to facilitate learning conversations. Help colleagues and employees come to insight as you foster learning by asking insightful questions. Learn how to use an effective three-step process to help others take ownership of responsibilities;
  3. Feedback conversations—how to give, receive and request feedback. Develop your self-awareness and build your credibility by learning how to ask for feedback from colleagues and provide feedback to those who report to you;
  4. Necessary conversations—how to have proactive, necessary conversations. Develop your emotional agility and conversational intelligence as you learn how to use your authentic voice to communicate clearly, help minimize misunderstandings and have real dialogue without damaging relationships;
  5. Tough conversations—how to have tough, persuasive and disciplinary conversations. Learn how to have tough, persuasive and sometimes disciplinary conversations using an interest-based persuasive conflict resolution tool.
  6. Mentoring conversations—how to coach for results and performance. Learn how to use an extremely flexible and powerful mentoring map that provides a structure for your conversations about performance.


Dene Rossouw is Principal and Learning Coach at team Possibil. He has facilitated hundreds of programs for various organizations in Africa and Canada and is known for his ability to demystify complexity and explain processes using transferable concepts and dynamic models.

Dene brings an eclectic background to the table: he’s been a paratrooper and preacher and is currently a learning coach and wildlife photographer. Each experience has provided a rich backdrop to his approach to inviting possibility and building influence through the power of authentic dialogue, persuasive writing and compelling storytelling.

Registration Information

General registration opens on Monday, January 11th at 9:00 AM PST.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 - 3 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at

NO-SHOW PENALTY: If you register and do not attend or cancel less than 24 hours prior, it may affect your eligibility to join future events. To avoid this no-show penalty, please cancel at least two business days in advance by e-mailing


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.