Leading People

Leading People (1 to 2 days)

 

Regardless of whether participants are new to a leadership role or look back on many years in top management, everyone benefits from taking a fresh look at their approach to leading others.  This seminar presents popular leadership theories, reviews them critically and contrasts these approaches to the participants’ own workplace experience and needs.  By way of guided self-reflection, group exercises, case studies, and feedback loops, personal leadership strengths and weaknesses are made evident, personal values are identified and the participant’s unique leadership style is strengthened.

 

Theory:

  • Overview of leadership theories (e.g. Behavioral versus Situational, Servant Leadership, Authentic Leadership, etc.). 

  • Heaven and Hell – case studies of successful and misguided leadership approaches.  The role of values.

 

Tools and Techniques:

  • Improving receptivity: Identifying the behavior of others and understanding its signaling effect.

  • Deciphering motivation and needs: Understanding how psychological needs drive behavior and how these can be addressed.

  • Refining communication skills: Adapting one’s communication style in order to awaken self-motivation in others.  "Buy-in" is practiced by generating targeted questions, active listening, and structured feedback

 

 

Leadership Through People Skills ® (2 to 3 days)

 

This highly interactive seminar introduces participants to US-based, Psychological Associates’ Dimensional® Model.  The seminar trains participants to lead through the effective use of communication skills and techniques and develops a better understanding of what motivates those people whose behavior they wish to influence.  Participants learn and practice to assess human behaviors and the underlying needs that drive them, organize interactions to deal with different kinds of observed behavior, and customize communication to fit a particular situation and person. The seminar includes many hands-on exercises, role-plays in small groups, video analysis and personal coaching (trainer and peer-to-peer).  Participants prepare and work on real-life cases from their daily work routine.

 

Leadership Boot Camp (4 to 5 days)

 

When people hear the term “leadership seminar” they often think one of two things: 1. you are born a leader and cannot train to be one, or, 2. leadership seminars offer quick tips and tricks on how to better lead and influence people.  It is true that some people are better communicators by nature.  It is also true that if one minds some simple do’s and don’ts of human interaction, one can become a better communicator.  Nevertheless, becoming a leader is a transformative process that requires time and commitment.  It requires self-awareness, a receptiveness to honest feedback, lots of practice and, perhaps most importantly, a lot of patience with oneself and others. 

 

This three-part series provides the opportunity for participants to commit to this transformative process.  Rather than being a disjointed collection of exercises and models, the modules in this seminar series build knowledge and skills incrementally using as their basis the individual’s personal profile of strengths and weaknesses.  What results is a very personalized training experience.   By way of guided self-reflection, group exercises, case studies, and feedback loops, personal leadership strengths and weaknesses are made evident, personal values are identified and the participant’s unique leadership style is developed.

 

Module 1: Assessment Center (1 to 2 days)

Participants take part in a day of group exercises including role-playing activities, mock negotiation rounds, improv speeches and short presentations, and problem-solving exercises.  Skills observed include decision-making, problem-solving, presenting, active listening, giving and receiving feedback, handling difficult conversations and influencing and motivating. The day ends with 360-degree feedback round and a final one-on-one review of a personal leadership diagnostic with the trainer.  Depending on the client’s wish a second day for further diagnostic tools such as Myers-Briggs, NBI, etc. may be added.  The participants are given a leadership journal with their diagnostics to keep track of their progress.

 

Module 2: Leadership Models (1 day)

This module presents popular leadership theories, reviews them critically and contrasts these approaches to the participants’ own workplace experience and needs.  Exercises, case studies, self-study surveys, and role-plays will make the models and theories more concrete and operational.  Specifically, the day will cover:

  • Theories presented and discussed include Traits models, Behavioral and Situational models, the Servant Leadership framework and Authentic Leadership.

  • Insights from the studies on Emotional Intelligence, neuroscience and psychology.

  • Heaven and Hell – case studies of successful and misguided leadership approaches.  The role of values.

 

Module 3: Tools and Techniques (2 days)

The final module is focused on operationalizing the lessons learned in the previous module.  Key skills are reviewed and practiced in role-plays, small group exercises and video analysis.

  • Improving receptivity: Identifying the behavior of others and understanding it signaling effect.

  • Deciphering motivation and needs: Understanding how psychological needs drive behavior and how these can be addressed.

  • Refining communication skills: Adapting one’s communication style in order to awaken self-motivation in others.  "Buy-in" is practiced by generating targeted questions, active listening and structured feedback

 

Final Debrief:

In one-on-one sessions, the trainer reviews the participant’s journals and defines next steps.

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