Leadership Webinar Series

This series of webinars aims to introduce you to the general concept of leadership, and guide you to identify the relevance of leadership in your career path, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and have the opportunity to begin to conceptualize concrete plans for achieving growth. You also learn to identify your leadership style, set the direction for a group, and promote teamwork using techniques for conflict resolution and effective management of change. Furthermore, over the course of the seven workshops, you receive a variety of tools and strategies that will aid you in putting your leadership skills into practice. Those who attend all workshops in the series (7 sessions) will receive a letter of attestation from the University that verifies completion of the Leadership Workshop Series.

Winter 2021 Program

Event descriptions available below

Date & Time 

Webinars will run from 12:00-2:00pm

Registration

Foundations of Leadership
October 18 Register
Navigating Emotional Intelligence
October 25 Register
Leading Teams for Success
November 1 Register
Motivating and Inspiring as a Leader
November 8 Register
Managing People's Performance
November 15 Register
Solving Problems and Seeing the Big Picture
November 22 Register
Professional Negotiation Skills
November 29 Register

Descriptions

Foundations of Leadership

In this workshop, students will establish the foundations upon which they can start their leadership development journey. They will gain an appreciation for the interplay between leadership, followership, and context. They will also clarify the relevance of leadership development for their own career endeavors. Finally, they will assess their own leadership potential and determine a leadership development plan for themselves.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Define leadership and its different styles
  • Explain how leadership is relevant to your career path
  • Begin the process of self-initiated leadership development.

 

Navigating Emotional Intelligence

In this workshop, participants will learn about the basics of emotional intelligence and the fundamental emotional skills. In particular, they will learn about such emotional skills as emotion expression, communication, and emotional support. Participants will also learn about self-awareness and the ways to improve their self-awareness.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Understand the importance of emotional intelligence

  • Describe and evaluate your ability to exercise emotional skills ​

  • Begin to practice empathy and emotional support

Leading Teams for Success

Given increasing globalization, technological change, and task complexity, the use of teams has become a token part of the work environment. This workshop is designed to aid graduate students learn core strategies to successfully lead teams using an evidence-based approach.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Describe the role of team leaders in influencing team performance​
  • Identify ways to manage group norms and their pitfalls​
  • Determine effective strategies to manage team conflict

 

Motivating and Inspiring as a Leader

Motivating and inspiring others towards professional achievement is a crucial leadership skill. This workshop is designed based on empirical research to help participants improve their leadership skills in this area. In particular, the participants will learn about motivation and how to motivate and inspire others by communicating a vision, setting goals, and providing feedback effectively.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Define two sources of motivation for work​
  • Describe a leader’s role in communicating a vision​
  • Practice effective goal-setting techniques

Managing People’s Performance

In this workshop, participants will learn basic principles to manage individual employees. Managing people involves identifying potential in employees, assigning tasks accordingly, supporting employees to develop to their full potential, and manage lack of performance. Through brief lectures and hands-on exercises, participants will be introduced to each of these concepts.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Identify factors that aid in task assignment in different contexts​
  • Use strategies that aid in providing clear and impactful feedback​
  • Identify ways to effectively encourage better performance

Solving Problems and Seeing the Big Picture

In this workshop, participants will be able to identify problems and use problem-solving techniques to find efficient solutions. Participants will look at ways in which problems arise, where they arise, and how problems can be identified. We will discuss an easily applicable problem-solving technique and finally touch upon some cultural nuances in order to avoid intercultural misunderstandings. Through these concepts, participants will learn to see the bigger picture to solve problems successfully.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Identify the source of problems​
  • Understand the importance of adapting problem-solving techniques to different contexts​
  • Follow five steps to arrive at adequate solutions​

Professional Negotiation Skills

 

Great leaders negotiate based on principles. Rather than understanding negotiations as an opportunity to defeat an adversary, they work as a team together with their counterparts, to increase the value of the outcome for every stakeholder. They persuade, but within a framework of truthfulness, respect, and social responsibility, because their goal is not a short-term personal victory, but a long-term fruitful relationship that benefits everyone. In this workshop, we will emphasize the importance of continuously improving our negotiation skills, regardless of our area of expertise. In addition, we will increase our ability to identify opportunities for negotiation, and become more persuasive negotiators. Finally, the workshop will offer an opportunity to apply these concepts in practical simulations.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:​

  • Identify negotiation opportunities​ 
  • Describe the negotiation process​
  • Apply negotiation tools in practical simulations

 

 
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