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Cox School of Business

Transformational Leadership

SMU Cox Executive Education Certificate in Leadership and Management
Sep 10—Nov 12, 2019
10 daysModules info
Dallas, Texas, United States
USD 4495
USD 449 per day

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Today’s successful leaders are broad thinkers with a global perspective that extends far beyond their own self-interest.

In 10 challenging sessions, this dynamic leadership development course for mid-level and experienced leaders will transform your leadership vision and approach from the inside out. You’ll master the nuances and challenges of assembling and managing external teams. You’ll move out of your comfort zone and develop your own personal style of authentic leadership that enables you to coach others, nurture talent and lead change across organizations and multi-generational teams. You’ll learn how to maximize your company’s most valuable, volatile asset—human capital—and strengthen your skills in strategic thinking that looks beyond the crisis of the hour.

Benefits to you

  • Improve business decision-making skills, enhance capacity to understand and implement change, gain a positive approach to leading people and enhancing value
  • Evaluate the multiple techniques for using conflict and creative tension to revitalize organizational capabilities
  • Learn how to make better decisions by avoiding some common cognitive biases and traps
  • Learn to implement current research on today's most valued leadership topics
  • Create and execute an actionable development plan that addresses your unique needs

Benefits to Your Organization

The knowledge and skills you gain in this executive leadership development program will help your organization increase effectiveness of organizational change initiatives, enhance total organizational effectiveness, improve retention of future business leadership talent, and reduce the cost and trauma of organizational transitions.


Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce the five practices of exemplary leadership
  • Receive feedback on your leadership behaviors
  • Understand the 10 key commitments for effective leadership

Participants will be able to take an honest look at themselves and their leadership behavior. This module will help them identify strengths in the area of strategic and visionary leadership, as well as suggest areas for improvement.

Emotional Intelligence and Its Role in Leadership

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to build greater emotional intelligence attributes
  • Learn how increased emotional intelligence fosters a culture of trust and accountability

This session helps managers become more effective with the growing demand to achieve outcomes at a strategic level through effective communication and heightened emotional intelligence.

Driving Results Through Authentic Influence

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to powerfully shape your leadership message to maximize understanding and spark a fire in the hearts of others
  • Explore how communication has the power to de-motivate and how to strategically avoid leadership communication pitfalls

As work becomes more complex and collaborative, the ability to build trusting relationships distinguishes those who flourish from those who falter. We are often required to achieve results with groups and individuals well beyond where our formal authority lies. Learn to leverage influence to create more productive and even more enjoyable relationships with your boss, peers and employees.

Trust, Influence and Accountability

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to use trust as a specific business strategy to increase speed of execution and decrease cost
  • Learn to expand your influence with your direct reports, peers and bosses and leverage influence across organizational boundaries
  • Learn to use a diagnostic process and apply specific behaviors and strategies to restore and enhance trust

The module challenges the age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged driver that makes organizations more successful, people more promotable and relationships more energizing.

Leader as Coach

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what it means to be a coach-like leader and mentor
  • Explore the benefits of being a better coach and mentor to you, those you influence and your organization
  • Learn and practice skills and a coaching model for more impactful conversations

Today’s competitive workplace demands that leaders evaluate performance and provide coaching and mentoring to employees. The new generations entering the workforce want coaching and expect mentoring from their leaders. Being a mentor/coach leader is one of the most effective ways to get more done for the company while building and engaged and enthusiastic workplace.

Creating High Performing Teams

Learning Objectives:

  • Framework – Five requirements for team effectiveness
  • Examine leadership roles that contribute to team effectiveness
  • Discover the importance of team identity and team norms
  • Explore issues related to team development

Successful teamwork underlies nearly all work situations. Understanding how teams develop and when to intervene underlies the successful team leadership. You will learn how to help team members exercise the leadership and guidance that isn’t granted by title or status.

Leading Organizational Change

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how leading change is different than leading an ongoing project or process
  • Learn the habits & behaviors of successful change leaders and how common leadership practices can undermine you in times of change
  • Learn how to create a plan around your change and make visible progress
  • Understand the communication strategies and actions that will help build commitment

Organizational change is dynamic and cannot be fully predicted. Leaders must adapt, be more agile and learn to be successful in ambiguity and uncertainty. We will discuss how to still be effective and move the organization forward by becoming an effective change leader. In this interactive session, we will explore real-life scenarios and help participants identify strategies and actions to use in their organizational change whether they are leading it or playing an influencer role.

Human-Centered Design: An Approach for Innovation

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use cross-disciplinary approach to solve problems
  • Learn how to take on systemic meaningful challenges with creativity and confidence

Complex and ingrained problems require a means through which to discover the way to a solution. We will review a process which provides a way to move forward even when the solutions might not appear obvious. Design decisions fit into a larger context which includes history, politics, sustainability, ethics, relationships and aesthetics. Courses work to ground students in a world bigger than their own through an understanding of design impact.

Strategic Thinking

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand Traditional Strategic Thinking Frameworks
  • Learn Emerging Strategic Frameworks
  • Identify Impact of New Strategies to Existing Business Models

This session will provide students a basic understanding of the tools used for strategic thinking in business, including SWOT, Porter's 5 Forces, Business Growth 2x2, and the Business Model Canvas. These tools will teach students to formally think about what to do, why you should do it, and when you should do it. The session will be very interactive and will conclude with the Business Model Canvas.

Leadership Resilience in a VUCA World

Learning Objectives:

Learn and practice how to prevent the environment or circumstance from disrupting progress and continuity

Leadership as usual is not enough in a Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. Leading in a VUCA world not only presents a challenging environment but also opens the door to an array of new skills that are required to succeed. Leaders and their organizations need to develop the mental capabilities and desire to avoid being left behind.

Who should attend

  • Mid-level managers
  • Experienced leaders with new responsibilities
  • Entrepreneurs and business operators


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Sep 10—Nov 12, 2019
10 daysModules info
Dallas, Texas, United States
USD 4495
USD 449 per day

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