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Leadership Elite

Leadership Elite

a transforming certificate program

Monday mornings 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

February 28 through April 25, 2022



Leadership is the most important aspect of organizational success.

Leaders provide vision. Leaders have the ability to lift others to tackle and complete tasks that seem impossible. Leaders influence our lives in deep and profound ways. Leaders change us and the organizations and industries in which they operate.

There is no simple leadership equation. There are, however, leadership principles and dimensions that each of us must explore, embrace and internalize if we are to become more effective leaders.

Leadership Elite is designed as an intense learning environment shared by Wichita State University’s most distinguished business educator, Dr. Gerald Graham.

Leadership Elite is an exclusive and rich learning experience that analyzes the best-selling book, First, Break All the Rules, based on research by the Gallup organization

Emphasizing the timeless qualities and behaviors of proven leaders, rather than the latest jargon and fads, you will see how your beliefs and practices match up with those of Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Lee Iacocca, Gordon Bethune, Rudolph Guiliani, Sam Walton and Mary Kay.

Using a customer response system as a tool for self-discovery, you will record your individual responses to a series of decision episodes throughout the course. At the end of the program, you’ll receive a personal profile portraying your flexibility, and how well you make decisions and apply solutions compared to a proven model for success.

Leadership Elite is designed specifically for experienced managers who are ready to further develop their leadership skills. Leaders, who want to sharpen their existing skills, discover new solutions to age-old problems, or who crave a jot of fresh enthusiasm will also benefit.  Leadership Elite will equip the most promising people in any organization to move to the next level.

Leadership Elite will help you build and maintain a culture that promotes trust, integrity and high performance by:

  • Giving you a framework and tools to strengthen your leadership
  • Heightening your awareness of blind spots and behaviors that reduce your effectiveness
  • Increasing your flexibility to influence people’s performance
  • Interacting with your professional peers to share and learn from one another
  • Providing a risk-free setting to debate, challenge and grow from interaction with a recognized expert

Read through the program evaluation summaries from participants that have come through the Leadership Elite program.  Their comments will confirm the game-changer that this program can be for you.

Leadership Elite Testimonials Fall 2018

Leadership Elite Testimonials Spring 2018

“I want to personally thank you for providing a wonderful service and a most insightful learning experience.  This was truly the best leadership course I have attended.  You have been a great help and inspiration.  I do wish I had had the opportunity to learn this information at a much earlier age.  It would have been so helpful, and the mistakes I have made would have been minimized.  As I quickly approach retirement, I plan to pass this on to my reports and have some of them attend this coarse so they can learn these important concepts.”      Ken Smothers, PE  Director, Plant Operations, Evergy


“Upon completion of the Leadership Elite Training course, I feel much more confident in my abilities to be a more effective leader. I learned specific ways to strengthen my leadership skills and discovered numerous methods of improving performance within my team that I can incorporate immediately to make a significant impact. I have a fresh perspective on what being an effective leader looks like. I would highly recommend this course to anyone in a leadership role who is interested in making a positive impact within their company and its success.”                  Ethan Zabokrtsky, Supervisor, Field Design, Evergy

Make the most of your leadership style

Four leader styles
Which leader are you more like?
How adaptable is your style?
How to determine leader readiness

How leaders empower employees

Why metrics are important
How to use the Q-12 Survey
Five suggestions for retaining high performers
Four ways to encourage empowerment

Increase trust within and between teams

Do most employees change their core behaviors?
The four keys to successful leadership
Four symptoms of lack of trust
Three principles for increasing trust

What is the role of talent in teamwork?

Two common talent myths
Why you should select for talent
Why conflict resolution is critical
Four effective teamwork practices

Deal with attitudes by focusing on outcomes

Why outcomes are more important than processes
Three instances where processes are critical
Four suggestions for improving outcomes
Three suggestions for dealing with employee attitudes

Focus on strengths to improve performance

How your personality impacts your leadership
Why strength-building works better than weakness-fixing
How to identify your strengths
Why coach stars?
How to handle marginal performers

Develop staff for change

Four career-development cautions
Three ways to create heroes in every role
Five common organizational changes
Four reasons why employees resist some changes
Three strategies for implementing change
Five suggestions for handling mandated changes

Effectively manage performance

How to evaluate four selection tools
Four suggestions for checking references
Five suggestions for improving performance appraisals
How to use PIP’s more effectively

If you have missed a session of Leadership Elite last spring, and you want to make it up in the fall of 2019, you can do so for FREE.

Follow the link below  to see the topical sequence and the dates for each topic.   

TOC Spring Elite 2021 Zoom

Once you identify the date you need to come, please give CMD a call, and let us know you are planning on attending, so we have enough seating and snacks.
316.519-1347   or   paula.seiwert@wichita.edu

If you did not receive your Leadership Elite Certificate because of a missed session, and you come back to us to make that session up, you will receive your certificate when you complete the 7th session of the eight.

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

Any cancellation or reschedule submitted with three or less business days notice is subject to a $75 charge on certificate programs.  

No refunds after the first day of the program.

This program can be done onsite, at your organization, tailored to your specific needs.

Contact  Gerald Graham  316-706-8346   gerald.graham@wichita.edu 

Paula Seiwert    316-978-5144    paula.seiwert@wichita.edu  

and find out how convenient & economical training can be.

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