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Leadership Elite

Leadership Elite

a transforming certificate program

Tuesday mornings 9:00 to 12:00 Noon

September 12 through November 7, 2023


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, Rudolph Guiliani, Sam Walton and Kendra Scott.

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 for experienced managers and leaders who want to sharpen their existing skills, discover new solutions to age-old problems, or who want a jolt of fresh enthusiasm at this point in their careers.

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 completed 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 really enjoyed the class and the format of the class.  I would love to attend more classes like this.  I definitely will use what I learned in the class to mentor my managers and team.”   Thao Nguyen,  Spirit Aerosystems

“Seeing the differences in great leadership and poor leadership gives me an opportunity to reflect on my style. This course provided a tremendous amount of insights and examples and allowed us the opportunity to gage ourselves in the beginning and then look at how we might have changed at the end in the way would would answer specific questions.  The course was outstanding. I really enjoyed the interaction with Dr. Graham and the rest of the Evergy team members. It is always nice to engage with other members of our team that were it not for this course I might have never even met them let alone make lasting connections with.  I think the energy was great and the openness with which it was presented helped the students feel comfortable right out of the gate and helped everyone communicate openly.”  Lance Link, Director of Nuclear Security, Evergy/Wolf Creek

“I feel like this was the piece of the puzzle I was missing. I was a ‘different’ leader but was still missing/lacking in some areas. This was what I needed to be more effective with my team. I have been told by my direct reports that I am different from any other bosses they’ve had. I do believe one of my talents is leadership and CMD has taught me so much to improve that skill. Dr. Graham has been a mentor by providing so many of his experiences and I value everything I have learned. All of the instructors at CMD are leaders in their field. I would never have obtained the professional growth without these courses.”  Mina Miller, 1st Level Manager, Spirit Aerosystems

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

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Sixth Edition, copyright 2018. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI.

Talent Triangle values:

  • PMP/PgMP: 0 Technical  12 Leadership  12 Strategic

    24 PDU/Contact Hours

  • PMI-ACP: 0 Technical  12 Leadership  12 Strategic
  • PMI-SP: 0 Technical  12 Leadership  12 Strategic
  • PMI-RMP: 0 Technical 12 Leadership  12 Strategic
  • PfMP: 0 Technical  12 Leadership  12 Strategic
  • PMI-PBA: 0 Technical  12 Leadership  12 Strategic

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.

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 Paula.Seiwert@wichita.edu 316.519.1347

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