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LEAD is divided into two main parts.

The first half concentrates on the individual participant as a leader, including topics such as personal brand, leadership identity, executive presence, and effective communication with the broader audience.

The second half shifts the focus to team dynamics, exploring how the participant can lead effectively, foster an inclusive culture, and excel in negotiation.

Session 1

Assessment Review

In the introductory session, we will discuss the results of the leadership assessment inventories used in LEAD: CliftonStrengths and Hogan. Before the session, participants will have received their results for reference. During the session, participants explore how the assessments apply to their daily leadership behaviors, perceptions, and competencies.

It’s essential to note that individual results are shared only with each participant, and they have the autonomy to decide whether or not they wish to share their results with other cohort members.


Session Objectives

  • Understand how to apply the insights from CliftonStrengths and Hogan assessments.
  • Examine inherent strengths and potential areas of concern under stress, enhancing self-awareness as leaders.
  • Foster collaborative learning through small group assessment discussions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the science and process of the Leadership Assessment Inventories.
  • Interpret assessment feedback and learn how to apply the content to daily behaviors practically.
  • Engage in dialogue with fellow participants on the meaning and results of your assessments.

Session 2

Personal Brand

The power of personal brands can lead to increased sales, higher employee retention rates, and aid in attracting top talent. In this session, participants discover effective strategies to strengthen and harness their brand to impact their organization significantly.

Through interactive discussions and activities, participants learn how to leverage their unique qualities and create a powerful personal brand that sets them apart and drives positive outcomes for them and their company.


Session Objectives

  • Discover the importance of personal branding in a business environment and its many applications.
  • Identify your unique personal brand position and develop creative ways to express it offline.
  • Explore the importance of your digital footprint and understand how to reinforce your brand online.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of personal branding.
  • Acquire practical strategies to identify and leverage unique qualities.
  • Describe the benefits to the participant and their company of aligning personal brand with organization’s objectives.

Session 3

Leadership Identity

This session empowers high-potential talent with the essential skills and insights to develop and project a strong leadership identity.

It combines theoretical knowledge, practical exercises, and self-reflection to help participants uncover their unique leadership qualities, enhance self-awareness, and foster authentic leadership approaches.

Session Objectives

  • Foster a deeper understanding of leadership qualities and values, leading to greater self-awareness and the ability to project a strong and authentic leadership identity.
  • Understand the distinction between universal, local, and individual elements that shape one’s leadership identity.
  • Gain tools and insights to navigate leadership complexities effectively.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and articulate core values and beliefs influencing leadership decision-making and actions.
  • Create strategies for building resilience and adaptability to lead teams through adversity and change effectively.
  • Acquire practical tools and insights from engaging activities, thought-provoking discussions, and real-world examples to navigate leadership complexities.

Session 4

Executive Communication and Presence

Executive presence encompasses authenticity, composure, confidence, and emotional intelligence, extending beyond verbal communication to non-verbal cues. Achieving the right balance between substance and style and knowing when to speak and listen is vital.

Developing executive presence requires deep self-understanding. This session explores leadership presence in diverse contexts, providing valuable tips, discussions, and exercises to empower leaders to make a lasting impact.

Session Objectives

  • Define executive presence components: authenticity, composure, confidence, EI, and non-verbal cues.
  • Explore substance-style balance, effective communication, speaking-listening balance.
  • Enhance leadership identity and presence using tips, techniques, and introspection for diverse leadership contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to identify executive presence traits.
  • Design and construct innovative approaches to enhance balance in substance, style, and effective communication.
  • Apply leadership effectiveness across diverse contexts, yielding positive outcomes.

Session 5

Courageous Conversations

This session explores how effective leaders foster high performance and success by cultivating a culture that embraces brave voices and courageous communication.

The growth and resilience of a team or organization hinges on employees’ active engagement in vital discussions and their willingness to share innovative ideas and concerns openly. Unfortunately, research and experience reveal that many individuals face legitimate incentives to remain silent, leading to “organizational silence,” which undermines trust and morale and stifles growth and innovation.

Session Objectives

  • Identify scenarios and variables which may inhibit people from speaking about important topics in organizational settings.
  • Explore leadership as a driver of culture.
  • Understand strategies for leaders to build a culture of courageous conversations and also to initiate and navigate their brave conversations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the value of courageous communication and the harms of organizational silence.
  • Analyze leadership skills that establish conditions that encourage courageous behavior and enhance motivation.
  • Formulate advance strategies to facilitate productive and creative conversations that contribute to growth, innovation, resilience, and engagement.

Session 6 – Mid Year Review

Insights and Knowledge Sharing

This session allows participants to revisit program content, explore and share insights, and consider specific applications aligned with their leadership development objectives.

It also creates the space for more personal discussions designed to strengthen cohort relationships and inspire to carry this valuable network forward.

Session Objectives

  • Delve deeper into LEAD program topics to identify concepts and applications that align with personal leadership objectives.
  • Leverage the collective knowledge and experience of the cohort to multiply the value of content while deepening peer relationships.
  • Create the space for critical thinking and intentional action planning to advance growth and performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Expand perspectives, challenge mindset, and broader understanding of key concepts, stimulating personal growth and development.
  • Demonstrate collaboration and peer learning through the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
  • Develop customized, actionable development plans with concrete steps ensuring practical application of the session’s insights.

Session 7

Building and Leading High-Performance Teams

In this session, leaders will explore the intricacies of team leadership, uncovering the key factors differentiating high-performing teams from average ones. Drawing from extensive research and real-world experiences, facilitators will reveal seven essential practices successful team leaders use.

Participants will gain fresh insights, tips, and tools to empower their teams, ultimately driving their collaborative efforts toward achieving strategic business results. This session will teach leaders time-tested strategies and innovative methodologies to elevate their team’s performance and contribute to remarkable organizational success.

Session Objectives

  • Illustrate the differences between high-performing and average teams.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify evidence-based practices for creating high-performing teams.
  • Analyze the needs, requirements, and value of a high-performing team.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the factors that set high-performing teams apart and discover seven essential practices employed by successful team leaders.
  • Acquire time-tested strategies and innovative methods to elevate team performance.
  • Apply newfound knowledge and skills to lead teams effectively.

Session 8

Leading Negotiations

Participants gain indispensable insights into negotiation in this session, applicable to scenarios like mergers, salary discussions, or severance terms. Regardless of their position, they’ll learn fundamental negotiation techniques, levers, and anchors to enhance their outcomes.

Through active engagement and practical exercises, participants unravel the intricacies of negotiation in a safe environment, emerging equipped to secure sustainable win-win results and build positive long-term relationships. Whether seasoned negotiators refining skills or newcomers to the table, attendees leave with an enriched toolkit and confidence to navigate diverse negotiation scenarios proficiently.

Session Objectives

  • Enhanced negotiation competence and understanding of the art and science of negotiation.
  • Practical application and skill development through active engagement in discussions, practical exercises, and hands-on practice.
  • Advance negotiation proficiency and toolkit enrichment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Formulate advanced negotiation strategies exploring various negotiation techniques and their utility in negotiation scenarios.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply negotiation techniques to achieve results.
  • Assess the outcome of individual negotiation scenarios, and how sustainable win-win results can be achieved.

Session 9

Creating a Culture of Inclusion

In this session, participants explore the complex world of diverse perspectives and experiences in the workplace that are unique to each race, culture, group, and individual.

Interpretations of these differences often lead to biases and blind spots that affect interactions with colleagues and influence critical decisions like talent development and hiring. Discover how to address these biases, foster a culture of inclusion that values everyone’s contribution, and promote a truly diverse and equitable workplace.

Session Objectives

  • Identify practices and methods that create inequities and exclusion in the workplace.
  • Recognize personal biases that impact their decision-making ability.
  • Engage in individual work and evolve company practices to transform and create a more inclusive internal culture.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine workplace inequities, biases, and blind spots.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop business case for implementing DEI practices, recognizing the positive impact on talent development, hiring, and overall success.
  • Analyze practical strategies and tools to actively foster a culture of inclusion that values the contributions of all team members.