*Course can be taken individually, or as a part of the Management and Leadership Certificate of Business Excellence.
This workshop will focus on maximizing the effectiveness of leaders at work. Topics include self-awareness, leadership theories, and transformational and inspirational leadership. The workshop includes self-assessment exercises.
Dr. Alan Witt | Bio
Being a leader does not require a formal title or position. We see leadership everywhere — at work, at home, in our social groups, in formal and informal settings, and even among our children. Leadership is not who you are, but what you do. It is about skills that are learned and demonstrated.
As a professor of leadership development and leadership coach, my role is to bring out the leader in everyone. I sincerely believe that leadership is everywhere, and everyone is a leader. Yet, in our country alone companies spend billions of dollars on leadership development every year. Why the disconnect?
Because leadership is not a skill that can be trained like learning to drive a stick shift or ride a bike. Once and you know how to do it, you are all set. Rather, leadership requires continuous improvement and adjustment for every situation. Consider me as your leadership development facilitator. I can’t train anyone to be a leader. But I can provide material, exercises, and opportunities that will help you in your leadership development journey.
I will rely on the book I published in 2015 for much of the material for this course. The book, co-authored with a former oil executive, Al Bolea, is entitled Applied Leadership Development which captures exactly what this course will be about. APPLYING what you learn to become a better leader. The components of your leadership tool kit that will be addressed in this course will content like the following:
Self-Awareness: You have heard the term before you can lead others you must first lead yourself. What this means is you must have a good sense of self-awareness. There is a great paper published in Science entitled “how we see ourselves and how we see others” which is illuminating in terms of ways we do not know ourselves and ways we think we know others better than we actually do. While we all think we know ourselves, I promise that during this course, you will be enlightened. You will learn things about yourself that you did not realize.
Leadership also requires understanding how you perceive and react to others….often even unconsciously. Our expectations of others, formed by our experiences influence how we treat others and influence how they react to us in return. A component of this course is about learning how we see ourselves and how we see others and the missteps we make in those processes that result in misunderstanding.
Emotional Intelligence: Leadership is also about emotional or social intelligence. We all know about IQ or our “smarts” type of intelligence, but emotional intelligence is even more important than IQ when it comes to leadership. Emotional intelligence is in essence your ability to accurately read people and situations and the ability to use self-control to react appropriately. Unlike IQ which is relatively fixed throughout our lives, emotional intelligence can be learned, practiced and improved.
Integrity ... honesty is the most admired characteristic of leaders around the world. And while honesty is important, integrity takes honesty a step further. Integrity requires that we understand our values and act in accordance with them even when it is uncomfortable or when we stand to lose something in the process. You will explore your values, what you are unwilling to compromise and be asked to identify what is at stake when those values are compromised. Integrity also requires understanding how to set boundaries or limits for followers to clearly know what is right and wrong. And then putting reward systems in place to enforce those boundaries.
Communication: Leaders spend most of their time communicating in one way or another with others in the workplace. This course will help you understand why certain media get us into trouble and how to avoid those problems. You will also learn how to address conflicts constructively and in no more than 60 seconds via the 60 second confrontation model. Believe me it has proven effective over and over again.
Providing effective feedback is another critical component of communication that will be addressed, as well as the skills required to seek and receive feedback from others.
Inspiration: Believe it or not being inspiring or charismatic is not a skill you are born with. This too can be learned and practiced. Clearly not every person will be super charismatic, but there are techniques that you can learn and practice that will change how you are perceived by others and improve the influence you can have on them.
Consideration: Employees don’t leave organizations: They leave supervisors. And largely they leave those supervisors because they do not feel valued or appreciated. It is easy to lose sight of the importance of treating every employee in a way that brings out their best, but it is critical to maintain and growing a cohesive and productive workforce. Just what does consideration look like? And what isn’t it? We will explore this in depth.
While the “people” components of leadership are highly important, they are not all there is to being a leader. Your followers need to know where you are going, why it is important to them to go there with you, and specifically what they need to do to accomplish set goals. All of the components of goal setting as well as how to develop an engaged workforce will be discussed.
While some individuals may have a greater propensity to lead, each and every one of us can become leaders or better leaders. Join me for this adventure into your leadership journey.