Through our leadership workshop series, we hope to empower leaders at all levels, help them to develop their leadership potential, and expand their management capabilities. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace, encouraging growth, collaboration and innovation within their respective organizations.

This non-credit program is designed to meet the needs of professionals from the corporate, small business, non-profit, government and education sectors. Anyone who is looking to:

  • take on greater leadership responsibility;
  • raise performance standards;
  • recruit or develop talent; and/or
  • create alignment within a team,

will benefit from participation in this course.

Upon completion of the Next Level Leadership Program, participants will be awarded 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Workshop Descriptions

Leaders who have mastered the art of communication have greater success in managing workplace relationships, with peers, subordinates, and bosses alike. Through both practical techniques and interactive exercises, you will quickly become a more powerful communicator, and will be prepared to address common workplace situations, deal with problematic issues, and solicit advice from peers.

Topics covered in this section will include:

  • Giving constructive feedback.
  • Preparing for positive relationships.
  • Working with peers.
  • Influencing superiors.

To achieve success, you first need to connect. Whether you are working in sales, marketing, or simply looking to get your foot in the door, the ability to establish connections and network effectively is critical.

Every conversation holds 3 key “connection” moments, and to make yourself known, you need to capitalize on these hidden opportunities. Through this workshop, you will learn how advance preparation and consistent follow-up can help you reap greater rewards from the time and money spent on professional organizations, and add value to routine meetings and conferences.

Techniques covered in this session include:

  • Learning new names, and ensuring that others will remember yours.
  • “What do you do?” Using strategic responses to attract opportunities.
  • Using conversation to uncover partnership and development opportunities.
  • Gaining valuable information: how to solicit advice to further your success.

The ability to make confident, practical decisions is one of the defining characteristics of an effective leader. In understanding the principles behind decision-making, you can develop the self-assurance to approach the process efficiently and pragmatically.

This session will provide you with a practical decision-making model, which is adaptable to a broad range of situations and environments, as well appropriate decision-making methods for both individual and consensus decisions.

Topics and techniques covered in this session include:

  • Framing decision issues clearly.
  • Selecting the correct process for a particular decision.
  • Generating a robust set of alternatives.
  • Creating consensus within a diverse group.
  • Identifying factors that can adversely impact decisions.

The ability to make confident, practical decisions is one of the defining characteristics of an effective leader. Our decisions as managers are often collaborative: an awareness and understanding of group dynamics is key.

Whether working with a small team, or considering the needs of an entire organization, knowledge of the problems typically encountered in group decision-making processes will help guide managers toward optimum performance.

In this session, you will learn how to approach decision-making scenarios, and how constructive conflict and careful consensus building lead to effective collaboration. We will also consider the influence of organizational structure, systems, and culture on decision-making behaviors.

The topics covered will include:

  • Generating consensus amongst a cognitively diverse group.
  • Constructive conflict as a means for stimulating creativity.
  • Facilitation tools: how to efficiently distill collective knowledge.
  • Leading teams to sound and successful decisions.
  • Recognizing and acting on ineffective group mentalities.

Regardless of whether you own and run your own business, are considering an entrepreneurial project, or lead a team within the workplace, the most important foundation for success is a confident and authentic leadership approach.

This is a hands-on workshop. Students can expect to gain a clearer idea of their personal brand and professional direction, and to acquire tools that will help to further develop their leadership potential.

Topics and techniques covered in this session include:

  • The importance of a personal brand when defining yourself professionally
  • Using assessments as a guide in developing your personal brand
  • The relationship between leadership development and recognizing one's strengths
  • Personal and professional goal setting and evaluation
  • Using an action plan to chart your professional course