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About the course

Enroll in the Foundations of Leadership course and you’ll learn proven techniques that will give you the skills to make better decisions, resolve conflicts, improve employee performance and lead change throughout your organization. Through guided investigations, self-assessments and challenging problem-solving studies you’ll develop your own unique leadership style for success.

What You’ll Learn

Leadership Foundations

  • Task/Relationship Paradigm
  • Guild Hall Model
  • The Skills Continuum

Cognitive Problem Solving

  • Making Better Decisions at Work

Making Better Decisions at Work

  • Ideal vs. Actual Decision Making
  • Groupthink
  • Team Decision Making

Leadership Styles

  • The Developmental Levels
  • Leadership Styles
  • Servant Leadership

The Science of Transformation and Change

  • Science to Inform Judgment
  • Communication
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Changing Behavior

Creativity and Innovation

  • Process and Environment of Innovation
  • Assessing and Developing Innovation
  • Your Role in Innovation

The Exceptional Presenter

  • The Exceptional Presenter
  • The Importance of Presentation
  • Organizing Your Message
  • Engaging the Audience

Empowerment Dynamics

  • The Dreaded Drama Triangle
  • The Empowerment Dynamic
  • The Choice Point

Curriculum 8 Week Course

Lesson 1 - Leadership Foundations

  • Course Introduction
  • Leadership Effectiveness – Introduction
  • The Farm Gate
  • The Johari Window
  • Why Do People Do Things?
  • The Task/Relationship Paradigm
  • Guild Hall Model
  • The Skills Continuum

Lesson 2 - Cognitive Problem Solving

  • Cognitive Problem Solving – Introduction
  • Cognitive Problem Solving Archetypes
  • KAI – Introduction
  • KAI – Interpretation
  • Cognitive Climates
  • Mental Models – Part 1
  • Mental Models – Part 2
  • Mental Models – Part 3

Lesson 3 - Making Better Decisions at Work

  • Making Better Decisions at Work
  • Case Study - Carter Racing
  • Ideal vs. Actual Decision Making
  • Groupthink
  • Bias in Decision Making - Part 1
  • Bias in Decision Making - Part 2
  • Team Decision Making
  • Summary

Lesson 4 - Leadership Styles

  • The Developmental Levels
  • Leadership Styles
  • LEAD
  • Frank Sullivan Case
  • Servant Leadership

Lesson 5 - The Science of Transformation and Change

  • Science to Inform Judgment
  • Communication
  • Changing Behavior
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Customer Focus
  • Fact-Based Decisions
  • Leadership Behaviors

Lesson 6 - Creativity and Innovation

  • Overview - New Business Innovation as a Disciplined Process
  • The Process of Innovation
  • The Environment of Innovation
  • Assessing Innovations
  • Developing Innovations
  • Execution of Innovation
  • Critical Factors of Innovation
  • Your Role in Innovation

Lesson 7 - The Exceptional Presenter

  • The Exceptional Presenter
  • The Importance of Presentation
  • Organizing Your Message
  • Posture
  • Gestures
  • Eye Contact
  • Props and Visual Aids
  • Voice
  • Engaging the Audience
  • Be Natural, Understand and Practice

Lesson 8 - Empowerment Dynamics

  • The Empowerment Dynamic - Introduction
  • The Dreaded Drama Triangle
  • The Dreaded Drama Triangle - Worksheet Responses
  • Primary Orientations
  • The Empowerment Dynamic
  • Dynamic Tensions - The Process of Creating Outcomes
  • The Choice Point
  • The Empowerment Dynamic - Conclusion
  • Course Summary

Who should attend

The Foundations of Leadership course is designed for exceptional individual contributors who have been called upon to take the lead on a team or project and who have direct responsibility for guiding the work of others.

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