This course will arm you with concrete skills, tools and techniques to help you build trust, communicate effectively, establish authority, and lead your team to get results.
If you just took over a new leadership position or are about to, this course is for you. If you have limited time and plenty of things on your plate already, this course is for you. If you need a quick way to master the fundamentals of solid leadership so you can lead successfully now, this course is for you.
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 cue sheet that summarizes key action items, and shows you how to apply them wherever you work.
Intended Design Result: This approach allows you to watch a few lessons each day, print off the guides and cue sheets, take them to work, and put your new skills into practice.
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
Module 2: Establish Authority
3. Communicate Effectively
4. Set Direction
5. Build the Team
Your first meeting with the boss is critical, since it sets the tone for your future relationship. This video helps you understand how to approach this meeting to get the most out of it, and start your time as a leader off on the right foot.
Establishing trust is critical for effective communication and the ability for teams to function. This lesson provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of trust and concrete ways the new leader can quickly increase the level of trust with the team.
How you appear to others has an enormous impact on their perceptions of who you are and what your role is. In this video we explore several ways of standing and sitting that communicate to others that you are a confident leader. And standing and sitting in this manner has a surprisingly powerful effect that actually helps us become better leaders.
Not only does how we stand and sit impact how others perceive us, the way we move does too. Learn about the power of gestures and how leaders use them to attract and hold attention, and increase the potency of their words.
When any new leader arrives on the scene, the other members of the group want to know if this is someone they are willing to follow. This module explores several methods and techniques a new leader can use to establish an open connection with his team, improve competence, and take key actions that will confirm him as the leader in the eyes of the group.
The group is much more willing to follow the lead of someone who clearly knows what he is doing. This video explores the importance of competence, adjusts the leader's mindset to adapt to leading a team where he doesn't know every thing he needs to.
The moment a new leader encounters his team for the first time is critical, and can set a positive or negative tone for the future. Learn how to approach this critical event, what your goals are going into the meeting, and how to get what you need at the end.
After meeting the team, you need to get to know the people on it on an individual basis to understand their strengths, weaknesses, skills, and frustrations.Learn how to approach interviews with your teammates in a way that sets them at ease, forms a personal connection, and quickly builds your knowledge of the team.
Nothing succeeds like success, and a new leader who can score an important early success will earn the trust and confidence of his teammates. This lesson explains the importance of getting a "Quick Win" how to find the right project to tackle for the best chance of success.
Often the new leader comes from among a group of peers. Without any training or preparation, he is now expected to not only lead others, but others who call him friend. In this lesson you will find several ways to overcome this difficult challenge in order to lead effectively.
Leadership is influence, and to influence, one must be able to communicate. This module explores methods and techniques for establishing a communications network for the leader, and opening and improving connections with teammates and with the boss.
Leaders don't have to have all the answers, but they definitely need to know how to get them. For that reason and several more, have a leadership network is essential for your success as a new leader
Good leaders know their people and understands what makes them tick. This video gives several useful ways to build an atmosphere in which teammates can form genuine connections that enhance trust and productivity.
Your relationship with the boss is critical, since you represent them to your team and you represent your team to the boss. This lesson takes a playful look at nine ways new leaders often invite the displeasure of their boss with out knowing it, and for each, it offers a better way to communicate and lead.
Once you have a grasp of the key elements of communication and trust building, it is time to start moving forward. This module gives you tools to help you set the direction of your team, including developing a vision, establishing concrete goals, building plans to accomplish those goals, and delegating effectively to get them done.
A good vision statement serves as a guide to the future. This video looks at what makes a vision statement good and gives you some tools to help you build your own.
Many people have desires, but unless it is a well-crafted, concrete goal, they may never achieve what they want. Learn the qualities of a good goal and understand why one that is well built can be so powerful.
With a clear target in mind, the next step is to develop a path to get you from here to there. When you start with the end in mind and work backwards from there, you have a much better chance of getting in the end what you hoped for in the beginning.
Once you have a plan, somebody has to do the work - it's time to delegate. Experts agree that the art of delegation is a systemic weakness across the business world. Learn why you should delegate, what tasks to delegate, and how to do it effectively.
With a plan in place, it's time to get to work. Now is a good time to look at the working environment. In this module we'll look at what motivates people, how to use that knowledge to increase productivity both on an individual basis and as a way to help teams advance through the stages of their life cycle.
Humans have many needs, but some of them are more important than others. Learn what they are, how they rank in priority, and you can use that knowledge to help your teammates become more productive.
Often, new leaders manifest their insecurities by playing the tyrant. But coercive leadership styles can be very counter-productive, especially when compared with a positive leadership approach. Explore the difference and see the distinct advantages of the latter.
When we think of the idea of reward, often we picture money. But there are other options out there that are even more powerful (and yet cost less). Learn why they can be so powerful and how you can incorporate them into your positive leadership approach.
Groups of people go through cycles as they come together to accomplish tasks. Understanding this is important for the leader because the most effective leadership style is different for each stage of the cycle. Learn the four stages and how to lead effectively no matter which stage your team is in.
We've covered a lot of ground, yet it is only the tip of the iceberg. Find access to additional resources here, as well as three final takeaways to help you maintain the right focus to be a successful leader.
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 polyglot task force 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.