Building Better Leadership Skills is a workshop designed to provide critical information to both new and existing leaders in any size organization. This course will cover a surprising definition of leadership, and provide tools and techniques used by the most respected leaders on how to motivate others, set goals, hold people accountable for outcomes, and get the most out of others. This course was developed for... and used by... many successful organizations both nationally and internationally. In this workshop we talk about both the technical side of leadership and the people side. How the most accomplished leaders do their jobs and get results.
This is one of my favorite courses to teach. I created it for a few clients of mine who wanted me to just "give 'em the facts" about leadership. "Leave out the theory". While difficult to do, of course, I developed this workshop as a "how to" to leadership. What do you need to do as a leader to get people to follow you. Both from a technical and an interpersonal perspective. How do you set goals, hold people accountable, provide feedback, empower decision making, motivate and coach others to achieve success. That's what's in this Building Better Leadership Skills workshop.
This module give the student an overview of the things great leaders do to get things done, get people to follow you as a leader, and to take care of your own personal needs along the way. We also talk about how leaders empower others to make decisions, and motivate people to be more engaged. The modules that follow, go into much more detail on each of the dimensions of leadership in a very practical, how-to way.
Leadership requires planning to be successful. This module helps students go through the process of planning and being deliberate in actions to get things done.
Great leaders get people to follow them by setting a pathway to success. This pathway deals with setting the long-term vision, the shorter-term missions, and the behavioral expectations required of all employees. This module walks students through the process of setting the vision, mission, and values for your specific work unit.
Building a strong team is a critical component of great leaders. This module walks the student through the exact steps required to create high performing teams. How to set the goals, define the roles, overcome barriers, make decisions, deal with different personalities, and build trust.
Great leaders create a culture for success. This module explains the four main cultures that leaders create and how to combine them to move the organization forward towards the accomplishment of successful outcomes.
Rewarding and recognizing employees is one of the most critical part of a leaders job. It's just one of the parts of motivation... especially with the newer Millennial generation. This module discusses the different ways available to great leaders to reward their followers. Now-a-days, money is not really available for rewards; so this module explains many of the non-monetary reward systems to tap into.
Great leaders do not work themselves into an early grave. The look for ways to balance out the stresses of their job with the more relaxing parts of life. They plan and take the time to enjoy a multitude of ways to reduce their stress levels. The stress you carry on your shoulders at work is often picked up by those who follow you. Great leaders do not intentionally becomes stressors to others. This module explores the ways great leaders create a work/life balance.
No leader is an island onto themselves. While you may think that the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, you need to get over yourself. Great leaders become great with the help and input of others. This module explores the sources, both inside and outside your organization, that great leaders tap into to help them get great outcomes.
Being able to delegate decisions to others is a critical skill of great leaders. But, how do you go about it? How do you keep people from stealing your time by coming to you for every single decision? How do you get other to take on the challenge of making decisions on their own? This module walks the student through a process called the Empowerment Grid. It's a tool that allows a negotiation to take place between the boss and subordinate in terms of decision making boundaries; under what circumstances can they make decisions on their own and when must they really check with your first.
In this module, students will learn how to set goals, discuss expectations, identify what success looks like, set progress check points, and provide specific feedback depending on whether or not a person is on target or not.
This module deals with different areas of performance that a leader is head responsible for.... Individual performance, team performance, and organizational performance. Each of these three areas are explored in depth providing the kinds of questions leaders ask to determine performance levels.
This is a brief module that provides the four basic steps needed for effective feedback.
Great leaders adapt their coaching techniques to the unique needs of the various generations in the workplace. The needs of the four main generations currently in the workplace are explored and suggestions provided to effectively coach each generation a bit differently. I will also add some of the latest research on what the Millennial generation is looking for in their leaders.
This module provides some insights into recent research on leadership from the arena of brain anatomy. It presents some new ways of looking at work assignments in order to improve overall organizational performance.
In this module, we will describe for students a model for motivation that deals with Fred Hertzberg's description of "Motivating/Hygiene" factors.... those things that must be present to meet people's expectations (if not there they will demotivate others) and what are the things that go beyond expectations that actually motivate others to act... from a psychological standpoint.
Dr. Robbins has been a business psychologist for over 35 years specializing in creating high performing teams, leadership development, change management, and interpersonal influence. He is the author of seven books, including Why Teams Don't Work (winner of the Global Business Book Award), his clients include the CIA, the FBI, the Secret Service, and global companies such as 3M, American Express, Toro, the Mayo Clinic, and many others.
Following his work for the government, he held executive positions at Burlington Northern and Honeywell and is currently on the faculty of The Institute for Management Studies, Argosy University, and as a Senior Fellow of Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Robbins other book titles are: Turf Wars, How to Speak and Listen Effectively, The New Why Teams Don't Work, Transcompetitiion, The Accidental Leader, and Tack.