Who should attend
Learning to Lead is tailored to recently-promoted managers who have been in their roles for less than two years, as well as those who are soon to be promoted to management roles.
About the course
Learning to Lead is designed to help new managers make the transition from individual contributor to effective leader. Employees are often promoted into a management position because of their expertise and superior performance as individual contributors, yet this knowledge is an insufficient basis to lead teams.
This interactive 2-day program focuses on the most critical foundations of effective leadership and management, enabling new managers to overcome the challenges they will encounter during this transition. In this program, you will:
- Learn the benefits of, and techniques for, leading with meaning.
- Broaden your repertoire of communication and motivational tools to inspire your team and enable them to reach their potential. Simulations and exercises will be used to promote active learning.
- Learn tools and techniques for effectively managing talent including: effective ways of hiring, managing performance, and helping your employees stay aligned with the larger organizational strategy and culture.
You will leave the program with the knowledge and skills necessary to both inspire others and manage the daily fundamentals in your team.
This program will help new leaders learn the ropes of leading and managing employees:
- Develop a deep understanding of the challenges that emerging leaders encounter
- Broaden your repertoire of communication skills and learn to motivate and inspire employees
- Help employees find meaning in their daily work
- Find meaning in your role as emerging leader
- Learn how to use motivation tools for the recruitment, selection, development, and retention of employees
- Become an effective manager of employee performance by leveraging human capital management
- Create long-term commitment between your followers and yourself
- Learn how to continue to develop yourself as a leader over time
Organizations will benefit from new leaders who inspire followers and who are more effective in their day-to-day role as managers. They will:
- Experience less friction during transition periods in which team leadership changes
- Develop leaders of tomorrow in their first steps towards becoming a leader in your organization
- Create strategic alignment between the goals of employees, leaders, and the entire organization
- Enhance creativity and innovation in the organization
- Reduce turnover amongst emerging leaders and in their respective teams
- Become an employer of choice by ensuring a successful transition of employees into emerging leaders
The program leverages the educational power of multiple teaching tools, including class discussions, role play simulation, and exchange of ideas and perspectives with faculty and fellow participants.
DAY 1: LEADING WITH MEANING
Day 1 of the program will focus on the leadership of teams. Participants will learn how to create meaning for themselves and their followers:
- Understand the psychological needs of your followers
- Motivate followers by promoting psychological experiences of autonomy, relatedness, and competence
- Promote creativity and innovation through intrinsically motivated followers
- Cultivate positive emotions in yourself and your followers
- Inspire followers with a growth mindset
- Understand how organizational structures create meaning for followers
- Change the conversation from ‘what’ to ‘why’
- Develop a broader understanding of how your team contributes to the organization and society at large
- Develop yourself as an emotionally intelligent leader
DAY 2: MANAGING YOUR TALENT
Day 2 of the program builds upon the leadership fundamentals by showing you how to put them in action through the management of your human capital.
- Understand how to choose new talent to prioritize alignment with your organizational goals and needs
- Develop the skills for effectively recruiting and hiring new employees
- Learn to identify and manage conflict as well as employees who are behaving in dysfunctional ways
- Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage employees’ performance with ongoing coaching, performance assessments, and performance improvement discussions
- Identify and manage your team’s performance through goal-setting and alignment with the larger organization
Associate Professor & Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behaviour Dr. Raver is an Associate Professor and E. Marie Shantz Faculty Fellow in Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business, and is also cross-appointed to the Department of Psychology. She is an authority on int...
Associate Professor and Toller Family Fellow of Organizational Behaviour Matthias Spitzmuller is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business. His research focuses on team motivation/team leadership, and on helping behaviors/cooperative work behaviors and has ...
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