At the Center for Leadership, we work with you as an extension of your organization to create unique learning paths that will accelerate your strategic priorities. We make the process easy to construct and easy to complete leveraging our outstanding client solutions team and expert business leader faculty.
Typically, our process begins with one of three starting points:
- 1. Selecting a Content Foundations topic that we'll help you tailor into a program to meet your needs.
- 2. Working with you as an extension of your team to brainstorm, then design and/or deliver a learning journey by connecting and tailoring multiple Content Foundations topics for a versatile learning program.
- 3. Choosing one of our "Ready to Go" proven programs in Leadership Foundations.
All programs can be delivered in-person, live virtual, or in a digital classroom and may be modified for participant level and length. Please contact us for more information.
OUR LEADERSHIP MODEL
All of our foundational content stems from our leadership model we've developed over decades that has taken proven business practices and turned them into real-world, practical and effective applications.
Our model has five principles:
- Engaging Others
- Strategic Vision
Great leaders are aware of their internal strengths, weaknesses, and personal motivations. Great leaders have an understanding of how they are viewed by others. Leaders who understand themselves well and seek external feedback consistently perform better.
- Build self-awareness in the everyday leadership context
- Describe the key characteristics followers want in a self-aware leader
- Explore areas where strengths can be leveraged and determine where to flex your personal leadership style to be a more effective leader
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is defined as the ability to be aware of one’s own emotions and emotions of others and the ability to regulate personal emotions to facilitate effective thinking, action and relationships. This course makes emotional intelligence concepts come alive for participants to fully leverage.
- Define four competencies of EI
- Explain the benefits of using EI at work
- Develop skills to improve EI and address any gaps
This course focuses on an individual’s response to change. Participants learn tips and tools to thrive as they realize and analyze how they process change. Everyone responds differently to change, and in today’s working landscape, managing one’s ability to work through—and eventually thrive through—change can be a major differentiator for success.This course focuses on an individual’s response to change. Participants learn tips and tools to thrive as they realize and analyze how they process change. Everyone responds differently to change, and in today’s working landscape, managing one’s ability to work through—and eventually thrive through—change can be a major differentiator for success.
- Recognize personal reactions to change
- Discuss a change management model
- Develop a plan to help manage personal reactions and responses to change
Being intentional about expanding and curating a dynamic network of business relationships is a career accelerator and differentiator. This course covers the importance of taking an analytical approach to personal and professional networking and identifying how to create a diverse array of connections to fuel better business decisions and career-enhancing experiences.
- Assess your existing network of professional relationships
- Identify new opportunities for productive, mutually beneficial relationships
- Build a strong individual network that supports effective influencing
Most executives define "Executive Presence" as the ability to command a room, project confidence, exhibit decisiveness and the ability to relate, communicate and inspire people. In this highly interactive workshop, individuals identify key areas of personal strengths to refine their executive presence. Explore desired leadership behaviors and factors that impact credibility.
- Define Executive Presence in a real-world context
- Explore the 7 Cs of Executive Presence and assess yourself + your team
- Identify game changer areas of Executive Presence to personally develop action planning
Managers are often faced with having difficult or key conversations. Many managers do not have effective strategies to conduct them and may avoid having these conversations altogether. In this course, participants learn the strategies to mentally prepare, set the right environment and select the appropriate words to use in key and difficult conversations.
- Identify the benefits of bringing up hard or delicate topics
- Identify critical skills needed to create healthy dialogue
- Utilize a framework for how to approach a difficult conversation
Effective coaching is the key driver for enhancing the pace and quality of learning and innovation in an organization. Excellent coaches also attract the best talent and develop the highest performing teams. Unpack and practice the keys to coaching others in this interactive session.
- Accelerate building trust in relationships
- Recognize opportunities to coach others for development
- Utilize a framework to ask questions and tools to effectively listen
Successful organizations understand the importance of creating a culture of feedback for continuous improvement. Knowing when and how to deliver feedback will help propel individuals, teams and the business forward.
- Understand the different types of feedback
- Discuss ways to be an effective listener
- Utilize a proven approach for giving feedback
- Develop role play feedback scenarios
In this course, participants will learn and practice the presentation skills needed to deliver messages that are crafted for an audience’s unique needs. Emphasis is placed on learning tools that create memorable messages and presentation techniques that influence decision makers and impact audiences.
- Create impact and articulate why an audience should care
- Identify communication builders and blockers
- Articulate why your audience should listen
- Strengthen stage presence for both virtual and in-person presentations
- Use a storyboarding tool to craft a compelling presentation for a specific audience
- Understand the key components in presenting to a virtual audience
Successful leaders manage the interplay of changing business demands, information overload and the need to stay connected without becoming overwhelmed. In this session, participants learn strategies to manage their personal productivity to help them effectively move through shifting priorities and learn to challenge their own thinking to develop enhanced self-regulation.
- Recognize the factors that contribute to feeling overloaded and time- challenged
- Apply strategies to manage personal productivity
- Challenge thinking to relieve stress and keep moving forward in all circumstances
The pace and complexity of the business environment is accelerating. Professionals face competing priorities, quicker deadlines and multiple inputs that make it difficult to identify, track and consistently address key organizational issues. Master these challenges with a keen ability to prioritize and focus through tools used in this course.
- Identify best-practice tactics in managing complex priorities
- Learn strategies and tools that the most effective leaders use
- Understand how to set priorities and focus attention efficiently and effectively
Negotiations are more than just a method to help people settle differences. The art of negotiation is a strategic process and discussion that leads to compromise and/or mutual agreement, while avoiding counterproductive arguments. A negotiation is successful when each side feels like it “won something important."
- Identify the framework for understanding negotiations
- Recognize personal strengths and areas of opportunity in negotiation skills
- Analyze and select negotiation strategies aligned to specific situations
Creating successful teams and a culture of trust can be challenging when teams are geographically dispersed and isolated in home offices. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of virtual and hybrid team management by reframing team communication and workload dynamics.
- Create a personal plan to achieve optimal hybrid team performance
- Analyze the role of psychological safety in team trust and belonging
- Determine how to develop trust for your team in a hybrid environment
- Develop recommendations for communication practices for hybrid teams
A curious mindset involves a desire to understand how and why things exist the way they do. By asking in-depth questions, rethinking assumptions, devising alternatives and experimenting to learn and adapt quickly, leaders inspire others to think more creatively and broadly—with better results.
- Ability to seek questions, rather than immediate solutions
- Examine different alternatives with intention
- Observe the environment methodically
- Identify and challenge assumptions
Managing projects by defining needs and delivery outcomes is critical to the success of any organization. Learn to view and master project management by organizing projects into tasks and accountabilities. Participants learn and practice from a process perspective and use concepts and tools to achieve project success.
- Explain the key components of structured project management environments
- Coordinate and apply best practice techniques throughout project life cycles
- Use efficient communication to manage expectations (even in remote, global projects)
Stories help create an emotional connection between an audience and the information a speaker is sharing. It’s that emotional connection that enhances knowledge retention. Effective stories are powerful because they drive action and help deliver business messages in more compelling ways. This session provides an environment that encourages participants to learn, reflect, practice, and share experiences related to impactful storytelling.
- Learn why and when stories are important to use in presentations
- Understand how stories should be constructed
- Utilize storyboarding for effective preparation
- Examine how stories can be incorporated into virtual presentations
Trust is the foundation to successful working relationships and a key factor of high-performing teams. It’s imperative that employees have trust and credibility to forge strong professional partnerships. In this session, participants will learn how to enhance credibility and develop insights to effectively collaborate with team members to move ideas into action.
- Define the role trust and credibility play in a leader’s ability to be influential
- Prepare for successful influencing conversations with leaders at all levels
- Tailor messages to invite collaboration and create momentum
Leading inclusion requires a new set of skills that have evolved far beyond traditional focus on our differences. Inclusive leadership models focus on characteristics that we all share.
- Assess and analyze our personal filters (biases) derived from life experiences and how those filters change how we process information and respond
- Make connections between our personal filters and employee engagement in order to improve productivity
- Utilize tools for identifying, controlling and adjusting bias to improve self and others
Strategic vision is imperative to the success of any company. While many employees are engaged and willing to help their organization, they often lack familiarity with its strategic vision. In this course, participants will learn the basic concepts of business strategy, engage with strategic tools used by leaders, and identify how their work fits into their organization's overall strategy.
- Define what strategy is and discuss common misconceptions
- Identify how participant’s role impacts the strategy of the organization
- Practice using key tools to strategically analyze initiative
Leaders require a working understanding of financial statement reporting and the levers that affect an organization’s bottom line. Learn how reporting works and how success measures like key performance indicators (KPIs) and return on investment (ROI) can drive decision-making.
- Describe the intention of each financial statement and how they interconnect
- Approach line item expenses in the Profit & Loss (P&L) with a contextual framework based on behaviors, causals and proactive improvement actions
- Review key KPIs that the company tracks and understand the "state" and the "urgency" where applicable
Understanding how to use data to tell a story and inform decision-making is a critical skill. This program will give participants exposure to different approaches to understanding ways to access and leverage data to make better business decisions.
- Identify and apply a disciplined approach of the fundamentals and key components necessary for data-driven decisions
- Learn a systematic reasoning approach
- Recognize how to transform data into impactful, actionable decisions
- Develop skills to determine and address biases, such as rational vs. emotional, analytical vs. gut