Leadership Development for District Managers

Next Program Date: May 7 - 30, 2024

Online Certificate Program


This program recognizes the critical role District Managers (DMs) and Regional Vice Presidents play in driving the success of retail organizations. As the representatives of the company, they carry the responsibility for the profit and loss of their respective territories. DMs serve as the crucial bridge between head office and stores, effectively translating corporate strategy into actionable plans at the ground level while providing valuable feedback to influence strategy.

By participating in this program, DMs, Regional VPs, and high-potential store managers will have the opportunity to enhance their performance and prepare for expanded responsibilities. The program is specifically designed to empower them with the knowledge, skills, and leadership capabilities necessary to excel in their roles and realize their potential for future senior positions within the organization.

Through a comprehensive curriculum, participants will gain insights into advanced retail management strategies, including effective team leadership, performance management, operational excellence, and strategic decision-making. They will also develop a deep understanding of the interplay between corporate objectives and on-the-ground execution, enabling them to navigate complex challenges and drive sustainable growth within their territories.

By investing in the development of DMs, Regional VPs, and high-potential store managers, organizations can cultivate a strong leadership pipeline, ensuring the continued success and growth of their retail business while nurturing the professional growth and advancement of their talented individuals.

Program Objectives

  1. Leading - Demonstrate excellent leadership skills and lead their teams to success
  2. Strategizing - Think strategically and translate corporate strategy into action
  3. Decision-Making - Learn to use insights and make evidence-based decisions
  4. Team Building - Learn to create a high-performance team
  5. Coaching - Mentor and coach store managers to achieve the desired outcomes
  6. Executing - Inspire store operators to execute brilliantly and produce goals and financial outcomes for the business.


For questions or to register, email: davidsobeycentre@smu.ca

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