Essential Leadership Skills for the New Manager
What you'll learn
- Build trust and communicate effectively in a way that establishes authority as a leader while inspiring individual and team achievement
- Boost your communication power by adding key verbal and non-verbal communications skills
- Establish a clear vision and concrete goals, develop simple executable plans, and delegate effectively to get them done
- There are no pre-requisites for this course beyond a computer with internet connection
Did you just take over a new leadership position, or are you about to? Is your time limited, but you need to know the essential leadership skills to make your new team successful? If so, then this course is for you.
As a Colonel with 26 years active duty in the U.S. Army Infantry, I have a lot of great tips, tools, and techniques to share with you about how to take charge, establish authority, lead teams, and get things done.
In this course I’ll show you the key leadership skills you need to have to lead effectively, from your first meeting with your boss, to setting your vision, and organizing your team for action. By the end of the course you will have the leadership skills you need to lead your new team, and will be confident in your ability to take them where they need to go.
This course will expose you to cornerstone concepts and skills that you can apply to your work situation immediately. Most videos are short (6-8 minutes), get straight to the point, and include a down-loadable leadership guide that summarizes key action items, and shows you how to apply them wherever you work.
Several assignments help you apply the course material immediately, and in a way that you can use in your own personal situation.
The course is divided into five modules, each with a specific focus. The modules are arranged in a logical sequence that supports you as you take on a leadership role, from the first meeting with the boss and team, to building trust, setting team goals, and establishing a positive, productive team culture.
Module 1: Get Ready
Prepare for your first meeting with your boss and lay the groundwork for a successful working relationship
Boost your trust levels with your team on day one; use the six components of trust to elevate trust across your team
Master simple non-verbal techniques that communicate your confidence to others
Use motion to attract and hold attention, and to add power to your spoken words
Downloads: New Boss Interview Guide; Building Your Trust Account Guide
Module 2: Establish Authority
Identify competencies where you fall short and develop a plan to get smart while developing the trust of your experts
Engage with your team on that first day in a way that calms their anxieties, garners respect, earns trust, and sets a positive tone for the future
Connect with teammates in a way that grows trust, reduces fear, and helps you learn where you can have the greatest impact
Gain the confidence of the team with an early victory, while avoiding four common pitfalls
Break out of the peer group you now have to lead by using nine proven techniques; engage the support of your friends to establish yourself in the leadership role
Downloads: Building Competence Worksheet, Initial Team Meeting Guide, Teammate Interview Guide, Quick Win Planning Guide,
3. Communicate Effectively
Get connected with the right network of people to strengthen your leadership position
Employ passive and active approaches to open up communication within your team, lift the mood of meetings and encourage positive action in others
Improve your working relationship with your boss using nine effective approaches that will quickly mark you as one of the more mature leaders on the team
Downloads: Networking Checklist, Working With the Boss
Accurately assess anyone’s motivational state based on five criteria, then use 18 action ideas to help them accomplish more and strengthen loyalty to the team
Understand the pitfalls of a coercive leadership style and how you can magnify your results with a positive approach
Add eight reward tools to your leadership kit that can have a greater impact than money
Recognize the four stages of team development and match your leadership style for the best effect; lead in a way that accelerates your team through the stages
Downloads: Hierarchy of Needs Guide, Rewarding Without Cash Guide, Team Development Guide
4. Set Direction
Understand the five qualities of a good vision statement, use two simple techniques to craft your own, and put it to work for your team
Put the power of strong goal setting skills to work for you using five criteria that will help you and your team achieve results
Build an effective plan to achieve your goals using a simple technique that produces specific, actionable tasks that your teammates can execute
Delegate with clarity and efficiency so that you keep your leadership focus clear, the work gets done, and your team gets stronger
Downloads: Establishing the Vision Guide, Goals Guide, Delegation Tracker
5. Build the Team
Who this course is for:
- • Anyone relatively new to a leadership, management, or supervisory position • Professionals who desire to improve their team-building, motivation, communication and leadership skills
Ken Downer is a 26 year veteran of the United States Army, recently retiring as a Colonel of Infantry. He has led Soldiers and civilians in groups ranging from three to three hundred at every level and in a wide variety of environments. Whether it’s leading paratroopers in the jungle, college students in the class room, a multi-national team on a desert outpost, or a staff of experts in a cubicle farm, he’s got the T-shirt.
Ken’s mission now is to take what he has learned and share it with others who can benefit from those experiences and make the learning curve a little less steep.
He believes that the potential for strong, positive leadership lies within us all.