Leadership Essentials


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Leadership Essentials: Motivating Employees

Overview/Description
Imagine what your organization would be like if you and your colleagues were not motivated. Motivation is what drives people to accomplish things, whether it be small tasks or large undertakings. Without motivation, things simply would not get done. The ability to create an environment that encourages motivation takes both practice and skill as it’s not a quality inherent in most people. As a leader, your capacity for motivating plays a key element in the success of your organization. This course provides you with an understanding of why motivating strategies are important as a leader. It also provides you with practical techniques for encouraging motivation among employees in your organization. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals who want to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives
Leadership Essentials: Motivating Employees

  • recognize the definition of motivation
  • recognize tactics that encourage intrinsic motivation by addressing higher-order needs in the workplace
  • recognize how to involve, validate, and develop employees
  • recognize actions that encourage motivation by enlisting the support of workplace systems
  • take steps to encourage motivation in an individual employee, in a given scenario

Leadership Essentials: Communicating Vision

Overview/Description

Today’s leaders must be able to communicate vision in such a way that the audience is engaged and everyone understands and internalizes the message. Effective leadership communication gives purpose and meaning to the work that people do. Leaders should strive to communicate vision with a sense of integrity, building trust as an individual and as a leader. This course provides a general introduction to vision communication, including its nature and its purpose. You will be guided through numerous techniques and methods for a leader to successfully communicate vision, such as personalizing and multiplying a clear message, communicating enthusiasm in an authentic way, and making the organization’s vision the employees’ own vision. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Communicating Vision

  • identify approaches to communication that are likely to be important to employees
  • match techniques for communicating vision to examples of how to execute them
  • communicate vision to employees, as a leader in a given scenario

Leadership Essentials: Building Your Influence as a Leader

Overview/Description

Why is it so hard to get people to agree to a good idea? Why are some leaders constantly faced with challenges and objections? Reaching agreement as a leader does not mean you should manipulate or force people to accept your ideas and accomplish your objectives; there are ethical ways for leaders to successfully build influence. Leaders attempting to influence and persuade others are faced with the challenges of navigating through organizational politics. An effective leader recognizes that organizational politics can provide positive ways to influence others in order to accomplish goals. In this course, you will be guided through numerous methods and strategies for effectively influencing a team to accept your ideas. You’ll be introduced to the importance of political awareness and the essential skills involved in using positive politics and avoiding negative politics when persuading others. You’ll also have an opportunity to practice methods for influencing effectively and ethically. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Building Your Influence as a Leader

  • recognize and classify examples of techniques for influencing people
  • recognize actions that use politics to influence others in a positive way
  • use influence techniques to persuade others while avoiding the negative use of politics, in a given scenario

Leadership Essentials: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Overview/Description

Poised, outgoing, cheerful, having empathy for others, being able to express feelings directly but appropriately, and having the capacity for developing relationships. All of these abilities distinguish individuals with high emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a more reliable predictor of success than intellect! Leaders with a strong mixture of emotional awareness, self-management, and social skills navigate relationships more effectively and are more likely to be successful in their personal and professional lives. This course provides you with an understanding of why emotional intelligence abilities are important as a leader. It also provides you with practical, positive techniques for promoting and improving emotional intelligence as a leader within your business environment. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Individuals, supervisors, managers, and directors. The course would also be suitable for those executives wishing to refresh their leadership skills.

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • recognize why emotional intelligence is important in the workplace
  • match emotional intelligence competencies to their associated domains
  • recognize which perception competencies need improvement and recommend techniques for cultivating them, in a given scenario
  • choose actions that demonstrate emotional intelligence in controlling emotions
  • recognize actions that demonstrate emotional intelligence in facilitating

 

 

Leadership Essentials: Leading Business Execution

Overview/Description

How many times have you and your team decided on new plans to make day-to-day processes more efficient, only to watch months slip by with those plans unexecuted? Why don’t certain tasks get executed? Why do things stay the same, even when the change is critical to your team? This course provides you with techniques and strategies for executing business strategy, and more importantly, ideas on how to cultivate a culture that supports the active business execution needed to keep pace with today’s fast-changing world. Specifically, the course will explore techniques for fostering a culture of business execution, one that leverages planning, people, and practice in an integrated approach to business execution. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Leading Business Execution

  • recognize the meaning of business execution
  • recognize how to leverage your business planning to support business execution
  • classify examples of strategies for leveraging the “people” component of business execution
  • support business execution through people and practice, in a given scenario

Leadership Essentials: Leading Innovation

Overview/Description

Creativity and innovation are critical components of just about every organization. But innovation doesn’t pertain only to new inventions, products, or reworked designs. It also involves incremental improvements to the way things are done. Knowing how to build and support an innovative culture is an important skill for any leader to master. The impetus for innovation can come from the top of the organization, and it can come from the people engaged in day-to-day production. Building an innovative culture is a responsibility for leaders and employees across organizational hierarchies. This course provides you with an understanding of what an innovative culture is and what qualities a leader needs to best foster innovation. It also provides you with practical techniques for cultivating and leading innovation. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Leading Innovation

  • classify examples of questions that can be used to assess characteristics of a business innovation culture
  • associate the characteristics of an innovation leader with the actions that reflect them
  • assess an organization’s innovation culture and plan leadership actions to strengthen it in a given scenario
  • recognize actions that are likely to attract and nurture innovators

 

 

Leadership Essentials: Leading Change

Overview/Description

Change is not an event; it is a process. Change can happen quickly and, in some situations, can be urgent! However, it can take time for individuals to make the transition from one way of working to another. The change process isn’t simply about introducing new systems – it’s about leading people from an old way of working to a new way of working, and it’s vital that you lead the change through to completion! It’s important to recognize that your role is to support individuals through the transition and remove obstacles that can hinder a smooth transition from one process to another. This course provides you with strategies for leading changes within an organization, including effective approaches to introducing and communicating change. It also provides practical strategies for dealing with sources of employee resistance to change, and for removing organizational obstacles to ensure the transition is followed through. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Leading Change

  • recognize various types of change obstacles in an organization
  • match roots of inertia with actions that help combat and replace them with imperatives
  • recognize appropriate ways to communicate change
  • use appropriate techniques as a leader to introduce and follow through with change, in a given scenario

Leadership Essentials: Creating Your Own Leadership Development Plan

Overview/Description

Creating your own leadership development plan is a significant part of any successful and valuable leadership-development strategy. Leadership development plans help to ensure that you remain focused on what is required to continually grow and develop as a leader. This includes assessing your own style, values, and requirements, as well as identifying development goals, objectives, and actions. This course explores ways to assess yourself as a leader, establish a vision for the future, and identify obstacles to that vision. It also teaches practical approaches for setting development goals, objectives, and actions designed to move you toward your vision. Lastly, it provides useful criteria for evaluating a personal leadership development plan. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Supervisors, managers, directors, and individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

Leadership Essentials: Creating Your Own Leadership Development Plan

  • identify the key results of a leader’s self-assessment process
  • recognize strategies for formulating your leadership vision and approaching potential obstacles to that vision
  • choose appropriate objectives and actions for a leadership development plan, in a given scenario
  • recognize strategies designed to help sustain leadership development
  • determine whether a leadership development plan exhibits key characteristics

 

 

Leading Teams through Change

Overview/Description

Effective leadership is key to change management. Leading Teams through Change discusses the challenges of change management and how to motivate your team during a period of change.

Target Audience
Individuals responsible for leading teams either occasionally, for example as project managers, or more permanently as team leaders or line managers.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.1

Lesson Objectives

Leading Teams through Change

Leading Outside the Organization

Overview/Description

A leader’s public image is just as important as his or her management ability. This Business Impact examines the expanding role of today’s business leaders outside of their organizations.

Target Audience
Individuals responsible for leading teams either occasionally, for example as project managers, or more permanently as team leaders or line managers.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.1

Lesson Objectives

Leading Outside the Organization

Knowing When to Take Leadership Risks

Overview/Description

This Business Impact illustrates why professionals must take care not to allow fear of failure to turn innovative behavior into risk-averse behavior.

Target Audience
Individuals responsible for leading teams either occasionally, for example as project managers, or more permanently as team leaders or line managers.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.1

Lesson Objectives

Knowing When to Take Leadership Risks

Wanted – Innovation Leaders

Overview/Description

Innovation is important to growth. This impact explores how to nurture innovation leaders.

Target Audience
Individuals responsible for leading teams either occasionally, for example as project managers, or more permanently as team leaders or line managers.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.1

Lesson Objectives

Wanted – Innovation Leaders

Developing a Business Execution Culture

Overview/Description

A corporate initiative requires more than just a managerial mandate. Employee buy-in is absolutely essential to ensure success. This challenge focuses on methods for developing a business execution culture.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Lesson Objectives

Developing a Business Execution Culture

Leading Change

Overview/Description

Although often a force of progress, change can be disruptive to employees. This challenge focuses on methods for successfully managing change.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Lesson Objectives

Leading Change

Leader as Motivator

Overview/Description

Motivating employees isn’t easy. This Challenge examines what leaders can do to create workplace environments where people feel motivated.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Lesson Objectives

Leader as Motivator

Leading Innovation

Overview/Description

Ideas don’t come from thin air. This challenge focuses on the on-going process for brainstorming and developing innovative advances.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Lesson Objectives

Leading Innovation

 

 

Crafting an Organizational Vision

Overview/Description

Leading an organization toward the development of a compelling new vision requires both courage and creativity. This Challenge Series product examines the vision crafting process.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Lesson Objectives

Crafting an Organizational Vision

Motivating Human Behavior

Overview/Description

Different needs and values motivate different individuals. This challenge examines how to identify and build upon your employees’ varying motivators.

Target Audience
Individuals in a management role at any level, including supervisors, team leaders, professionals, departmental heads, directors, top management, and executives

Expected Duration (hours)
0.5

Lesson Objectives

Motivating Human Behavior

Communicating a Shared Vision

Overview/Description

Communicating a Shared Vision shows how providing a project team with a vision, can help improve team motivation and ensure project success.

Target Audience
Individuals responsible for leading teams either occasionally, for example as project managers, or more permanently as team leaders or line managers.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.1

Lesson Objectives

Communicating a Shared Vision

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Overview/Description

Effective emotional competence requires focused self-development. This challenge examines the skills and attitudes necessary for mastering emotions in the workplace.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors.

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Lesson Objectives

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader




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