Management Leadership Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials

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  • Course Delivery: On Demand
  • Duration: 12 
  • Language: English
  • Audience:

    Managers, Supervisors, Leaders

Vado is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) This course has been approved for (Number of hours listed in duration field, currently) credit hours for project managers looking to maintain their certification.


Managers learn how to translate their management skills to a virtual environment.


Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Become a Reliable Leader with Integrity
  • Balance Your Leadership and Employee Roles
  • Connecting Goals to Vision
  • Connecting Team Work to the Strategy
  • Align Resources to Strategic Priorities
  • Speaking Your Mind
  • Innovation Norms and Expectations
  • Are Your Actions Consistent with Your Values
  • Keep Your Top Talent
  • Increase Employee Innovation
  • Responding to Issues and Concerns
  • Analyze the Pros and Cons of Key Decisions

Topics Covered

Become a Reliable Leader with Integrity

Leadership is essential to any company's success. No matter what service you provide or product you sell, your leadership skills are required to help your company do and achieve great things. Fortunately you will find many books, courses, and consultants ready to tell you what leadership is all about. Many of them are quite good. However, if you want to become a better leader, it may be easier to start with one simple question: What type of leader do you want to be
For this course you will review the list of Stand-up Leader Actions and select the actions you want to implement to help define the type of leader you want to be.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to increase the actions and behaviors that demonstrate you are a reliable leader with integrity

Balance Your Leadership and Employee Roles

It is essential your leadership role comes first. Team members and the organization are counting on you. If you do not make the team and your employees a priority, the performance of many can suffer, and thus your ability to deliver great team results is impacted too. Taking the time to prioritize your work in the right way is worth doing. When you are clear on what work comes first, you can be more effective and efficient as both leader and individual contributor.
All leaders have individual contributor work, which is why it is so important to balance how you spend your time between work assignments and leadership responsibilities. This course will provide a process to help you identify what is required to successfully balance your leadership and individual responsibilities.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to determine your work priorities as a leader and as an individual contributor

Connecting Goals to Vision

Having work that connects to the company's vision is very meaningful. When we are clear on why our work matters and how it contributes to the company we have a greater sense of purpose and an increase in personal motivation. While sometimes it may be hard to see, everyone in the company has a purpose, we were hired to help the company achieves its goals.
For this course you will meet with your employee to discuss the person's role and how it connects to the company's vision and strategy. When you meet with your employee, you'll spend time discussing the company's strategy and vision for the future, and how the person contributes to these goals.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to connect every employee's individual goals to the organization's vision and strategy

Connecting Team Work to the Strategy

While there are a number of elements that influence team cohesion, there is one element all teams should have to ensure the right foundation is in place for great teamwork and collaboration, clear connection between the team's goals and company strategy. When all team members clearly see how the work they do directly contributes to the success of the company, greater personal meaning and purpose is created, thus leading to higher levels of performance and stronger team results.
When your team is committed to a common goal and believes in the future, it is able to handle adversity, perform at higher levels of performance, and enjoy working together. This level of cohesiveness should be the goal of every work group. For this course you will work with your team to connect all team members to the company strategy.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to discuss how the team's goals and core work is directly connected to the company's strategy

Align Resources to Strategic Priorities

Since the topic of resources can get complicated, it's helpful to have some guidelines you can follow to help make difficult decisions. Your strategic priorities are this guide. Using team, department or company priorities can help make resource allocation a little easier. Using these priorities can help you and others determine what resources must be secured and what can wait. Using strategic priorities as the foundation to your decisions can also help you explain your decisions to others. It's a great way to ensure everyone is in agreement and working together.
For this course you will identify the resources required to achieve the team's strategic priorities. As the manager, you will discuss the topic of resources, share why using the team's strategic priorities can be helpful in making sound resource decisions.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to define the strategic priorities for the department and align the required resources

Speaking Your Mind

In a team environment there are different dynamics between people as they work together to accomplish both individual and team goals. Sometimes working together is easy, and sometimes it's not. One factor that significantly impacts a team's ability to work well together is communication. Being able to articulate information clearly, understand each other's needs, and know what must be accomplished, are critical elements of good team communication.
The purpose of this course is to discuss the ability of the team to freely share their personal thoughts and opinions, as well as to brainstorm ideas to improve and strengthen the communication within the team.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Know if people are truly able to speak freely within the team

Innovation Norms and Expectations

Innovation happens when individuals look at problems in new ways, are willing to take risks, and are creative in how they approach their work. Innovation makes a difference. No matter how big your team may be, or what your team is tasked to deliver, an increase in innovative behaviors will make a big difference in the team's success and overall results.
The purpose of this course is to discuss what innovation looks like and to establish some team norms and expectations for innovative behaviors.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to create team innovation norms and expectations

Are Your Actions Consistent with Your Values

It's important our actions and behaviors are consistent with the values we talk about with our team. When we discuss the importance of particular behaviors, yet do something different, we are really telling the team these values are not important. Yet when our actions match our words, we find our team clearly understands what is expected, has greater respect for us, and tend to integrate these values into how they do their work and interact with others.
The course presents 12 core values on the Value Ranking Sheet. You will review these values, determine their level of importance to you, and select one or two you will take to strengthen the consistency of your actions as they relate your individual values.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to determine if your actions are consistent with your values

Keep Your Top Talent

It just makes sense to spend time focusing on the actions that will cause your top talent to stay. Unfortunately, some leaders can become complacent because everything is so going well and their top talent is so great. This is easy to do; yet there's a danger to complacency. While your top talent is certainly great, it is possible for them to get discouraged, worn out, or even bored with their jobs. Taking preventative measures to ensure your most valuable asset stays is essential for you and the organization. This is certainly the right thing for all leaders to do.
For this course you will determine what is required to keep your most valuable employees.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to perform a top talent review to determine what you need to do to keep your top talent

Increase Employee Innovation

Innovation, while critical for the overall organization, must start at the individual level. It is the innovation of individual people that lead the way for improvements. Time and time again we see the innovative ideas of individuals leading the way to create better products, improve customer service, and deliver great results. Therefore, it is essential to excite, inspire, and reward the innovation of each person to ensure the team, department, and organization stays competitive, delivers quality service, and can do great things.
For this course provides a process to reinforce and increase employee innovation with your team. The more you talk about and reinforce the importance of innovation, the more innovative ideas and actions you'll see from your team.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to increase the level of innovative actions of your employees

Responding to Issues and Concerns

Responding to employee concerns and issues in the right way helps create the type of employee relationships you want in which employees feel comfortable sharing problems and important issues. When you respond poorly to situations, relationships can become strained, often causing employees to withhold information. This of course can create problems, especially when the situation is critical and you need important information right away.
For this course you will find out how well you respond to your employee's concerns and issues will help you identify the actions you can take to strengthen your ability to respond to situations in the right way, thus strengthening the relationships you have with each of your employees.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to evaluate how you respond to concerns or issues presented by your employees

Analyze the Pros and Cons of Key Decisions

Decision making is a part of life, both in and out of work. No matter who you are or what you do, you'll be making decisions each and every day. As a leader in an organization, your decision making responsibility only increases. All leaders, no matter where you work, are presented with numerous opportunities to make decisions some big, others small. Your ability to make good decisions in a timely manner will certainly impact your ability to lead and manage. The better your decisions, the stronger the leader you will be.
This course is best used for larger decisions or one you are having trouble making. Yet whatever the situation may be, it should be a decision you have time to think about; one that does not need to be made on the spot.
This course will help you build your decision making capabilities. The more you use the process, the stronger your skills will be, and soon you'll be able to perform this type of process instinctually.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to analyze essential information and the pros and cons of key decisions

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