Achieving Your Leadership Potential

According to surveys of CEOs and HR managers, effective leadership is a competitive advantage for their organizations. Unfortunately, these same surveys show that people at all organizational levels lack confidence in their leaders and in the ability of their organizations to develop good leaders.

A three-step process—Assess, Acquire, and Apply—helps learners stretch their capabilities and accelerate their leadership development.

Do you face any of these issues?

  • Do your leaders treat development of their leadership skills as something to do "if time permits?"
  • Are they able to stretch their leadership capabilities by searching out new job experiences and issues facing the business units?
  • Can they link their personal development to the organization's growth and success?

Course Objectives:

Helps leaders:

  • Define the scope of leadership development and potential.
  • Link their development to personal satisfaction and the organization's goals, values, and strategic direction.
  • Assess the value of various development opportunities and choose those with the highest payoff.
  • Create targeted, challenging, yet achievable development goals.
  • Execute and measure progress toward goals, making appropriate adjustments along the way.

Primary Competencies Developed

  • Continuous Learning
  • Work Standards

Secondary Competency Developed

  • Initiating Action

Course Content:

  • Prework: Prior to the workshop, participants complete the Achieving Your Leadership Potential prework. They identify their key job responsibilities and complete the Strengths and Growth Areas Worksheet.
  • The Learning Leader: A video depicts three leaders with different approaches to developing into a better leader—falling behind, keeping up, or staying ahead. Learners discuss a three-phase Leadership Development Process—Assess, Acquire, and Apply—and the importance of enlisting their manager's support in the development process.
  • Assessing High-Payoff Development Areas: Participants review the strengths and growth areas introduced in their prework and the importance of selecting high payoff development areas. Learners use the Development Action Form and begin to create a more formal development plan.
  • Acquire and Apply: Targeting Development: Working in teams, participants identify barriers to development and ideas for overcoming each. Learners explore ways to acquire needed skills and how to apply their new learning. Participants record tentative acquisition opportunities and identify methods for measuring success.
  • Meeting with Your Manager: After watching a video model, learners practice preparing for and conducting a discussion with their managers to gain support for their development plans. They receive feedback from one another and amend their plans as needed.
  • Execution—Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap: After a discussion emphasizing four key Execution Factors, learners work in pairs to determine which factors will help them execute their plan back at the workplace. Learners identify one thing they will do immediately to take the first step toward achieving their leadership potential.

Who Should Attend:

  • Informal and formal leaders at all levels.