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Essential Skills for Effective Leaders

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Essential Skills for Effective Leaders

When leadership understands their roles, and work to support the mission, the outcome is powerful.

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This class meets two consecutive days: July 14 & 15, 2022

This course offers proven and effective leadership techniques that are practical and useful. Dr. Graham will emphasize the role of leadership, decision-making and communication in coordinating a team that enthusiastically supports your vision and mission. His lively use of exercises, examples and humor gives you management techniques that equip you with the skills necessary to begin your transition from manager to an effective leader.

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This class has a book and reading assignments – register early!

  • Gain insight into your individual leadership style and enhance your capabilities
  • Sharpen your communication skills and effectiveness on the job
  • Discover the importance of cultivating work teams
  • Identify motivation “turn-ons” that result in a productive climate

Leadership and vision

  • What is leadership?
  • Why vision is important
  • Why mission is important
  • How leaders handle objectives
  • How leaders differ from managers


What is my leadership style?

  • Do I have leadership traits?
  • Am I task-oriented?
  • Am I people-oriented?
  • Is my style effective?


How effective leaders make decisions

  • Four ways leaders make decisions
  • How leaders empower subordinates


How great leaders communicate

  • What should be communicated?
  • What is my listening style?
  • What is my sending pattern?


How successful leaders improve teamwork

  • Five kinds of teams
  • Five dimensions of teamwork
  • Three common mistakes of teamwork
  • Five symptoms of team deterioration


How to negotiate conflicts

  • Three mistakes in negotiation
  • Five steps in preparing for negotiations
  • Five strategies for resolving conflicts


How successful leaders motivate others

  • Why hiring is important
  • The work itself
  • Financial and non-financial rewards
  • Why discipline is important

“This class gave me exceptional material to practically apply to my new role as supervisor. I am sure I’ll reference it often! I really enjoyed the case studies and discussion. That helped solidify the concepts for me. I liked Dr. Graham’s practical & flexible approach.  No one size fits all, but with the right mental models, you can navigate the complexities with confidence.  The book was fantastic.  I will definitely use it for reference.  I’ve seen considerable value through the 2 classes I’ve attended.”
Megan McDonald,  Project Manager, Koch Business Solutions, Wichita, Kansas

“Dr. Graham has a great interactive style. The information is eye opening and applicable to everyday on the job. This course delves into some issues that will arise, with possible solutions to issues presented during the course. The workbook & book are very translatable to the workplace.”
Brian Knopick, Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions

“Well organized, great structure, and the class provided valuable and applicable information. I was very impressed and hope to take as many classes from Dr. Graham as I can.”
Tony Parker, UMB Bank, Manhattan, Kansas

This seminar is designed for individuals currently in a leadership position or those who aspire to develop a leadership role in any type of organization. It is also valuable for anyone who has worked successfully in a leadership role but would like to update and reinforce their skills, plus review the most effective leadership theories and practices.

This seminar works out of Dr. Graham’s latest book “LEAD: How Effective Leaders Get Things Done”.  You will have reading assignments and review questions to complete prior to coming to class.  

Register early so that there is enough time to send you the book, as well as enough time for you to read and work the assignment. If you cancel your registration, and have already received the book, there will be a $50 fee for the book.

Substitutions are free and must be done prior to the start of the class or certificate program.

Cancellations or rescheduling must be received in writing and full refunds will be given up to four business days prior to the start of class.

Any cancellation or reschedule submitted with three or less business days notice is subject to a $35 charge on 1 or 2 day classes and a $75 charge on certificate programs.  

No refunds after the first day of the class or certificate program.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Paula.Seiwert@wichita.edu

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