Many organizations actively seek employees who are competent at taking charge, guiding others, articulating a vision, inspiring critical thinking, and stimulating the collective energies of the group. Hence, in today’s competitive job market, it is increasingly important that applicants demonstrate their qualifications through both hard skills, such as their specialized training, and critical soft skills, including leadership.
This series of two-hour workshops aims to introduce you to the general concept of leadership, and to provide an overview of the different skills that are crucial to leading successfully in management roles. The workshops guide you to identify the relevance of leadership in your career path, assess your strengths and weaknesses, reflect, 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.
- Foundations of Leadership
- Navigating Emotional Intelligence
- Leading Teams for Success
- Motivating and Inspiring as a Leader
- Managing People's Performance
- Solving Problems and Seeing the Big Picture
- Professional Negotiation Skills
Foundations of Leadership
In this workshop, you will establish the foundations upon which you can start your leadership development journey. You will identify the importance of leadership development for your career and assess your own leadership potential. Importantly, this workshop will help you begin the process of developing a leadership plan for yourself.
- Explain how leadership is relevant to your career path.
- Assess your leadership strengths and weaknesses.
- Begin the process of self-initiated leadership development.
Navigating Emotional Intelligence
In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of emotional intelligence in your career and leadership roles. In addition, you will learn about key emotional skills and assess your level of competence. You will then learn techniques to improve your emotional intelligence skills.
Discuss the importance of emotional intelligence in your career and leadership endeavors.
Describe four emotional skills and evaluate your abilities with them.
Identify and use techniques to improve your emotional skills.
Leading Teams for Success
Given increasing globalization, technological change, and task complexity, the use of teams has become an integral part of the work environment. This workshop is designed to aid you to in learning core strategies to successfully lead teams using an evidence-based approach.
- Describe the functions of teams and team leaders.
- Comment on team performance determinants and leadership practices for team effectiveness.
- Identify ways to manage group norms.
- 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 you improve your leadership skills in this area. In particular, you will learn how to motivate and inspire others by communicating a vision, setting goals, and providing feedback effectively.
- 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, you will learn basic principles of managing individual employees. Managing people involves identifying potential in employees, assigning tasks accordingly, supporting employees to reach their full potential, and managing lack of performance. Through brief lectures and hands-on exercises, you will be introduced to each of these concepts.
Identify factors that aid in task assignment in different contexts.
Use strategies that aid in providing clear and impactful feedback.
Identify ways to effectively handle performance issues.
Solving Problems and Seeing the Big Picture
In this workshop, you will be taught to identify problems and use problem solving techniques to find efficient solutions. You will look at ways in which problems arise, where they arise and how problems can be identified. Next, you will be introduced to an easily applicable 7 step problem-solving technique. Through these concepts, you will learn to take into account the bigger picture and solve problems successfully.
- Identify the source of problems and predict where they may arise.
Follow seven 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, to increase the value of the outcome for every stakeholder. They persuade others 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, emphasis is placed on improving negotiation skills, regardless of area of expertise. You will be introduced to the principled negotiations model, increase your ability to identify opportunities for negotiation, and become a more persuasive negotiator. This workshop will offer an opportunity to apply these concepts in practical simulations.
- Describe the negotiation process and identify negotiation opportunities.
Apply negotiation models in practical simulations.