Leadership Skills Course: Strategies for Developing a Leadership Identity
Leadership. Inspiring and enabling organisations to create and realise optimal value.
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This leadership skills training course is for business leaders who have a team or organisation to lead and inspire. You’ll gain leader identity development and visual, vocal, verbal and think-on-your-feet skills to inspire your people to take action. Develop your understanding and skill in carrying yourself like a leader, in sounding like a leader, and in crafting and delivering simple messages. We’ll also discuss ‘environment versatility’ - how to listen, speak and present in very informal to very formal environments.
Upon completion of this leadership skills training course, you will have:
- Developed your identity as a person who is a leader.
- Improved how you listen and are perceived as a listener.
- Learned to speak, use your body movement and gesture – like a leader.
- Developed more leadership competency and inspiration.
- Reflected on the leaders you’ve ‘loved’, on those you’ve detested and have written your leadership identity ‘manifesto’.
This leadership skills training course includes the following topics:
- Every interaction forms and impression and a potential for loss or gain.
- If you don’t believe in the messenger, you won’t believe the message.
- How to handle tough, leadership situations.
- ‘Owning and occupying’ physical space.
- What is a good leader?
- Why is there a gap between the rhetoric of good leadership and the reality of leadership at the coal face? – and what to do about.
This leadership skills training course is one of a trilogy of courses that Michael Kelly conducts for CCE. It repeats the core principles and reinforces the content of the courses: Presentation Skills Course: Plan and Deliver Memorable Presentations and Listen and Speak Under Pressure Course. However, the focus of this course is helping participants be perceived as a leader in any type of communication interaction, from one on one through to group interactions and presentations.
One process of the course involves ‘repeated practice attempts’ of a technique, followed by feedback. These practice attempts can seem artificial to some people. Michael’s field work with his top performing clients indicates these practice attempts with feedback are critical to improving his clients behaviour in real interactions. In effect, these top performers focus and care more about improving, than about any artificialness involved in the practice attempts.
Getting the most from your course attendance
You’re making an investment in time, and money (if you’re sponsoring yourself), by enrolling in this course. Here are three suggestions to help you reap more benefit from your attendance:
- Consider what work colleague/friend you could teach an idea/technique to. This means, arrange a five minute catch-up appointment with a work colleague/friend the next work day after your course to teach that person, the most memorable idea/techniques you learned in the course. This ‘teaching’ will help you retain the idea/technique. Until you can teach an idea/technique to other people you don’t really know it yourself.
- Plan to participate/volunteer. In all of Michael Kelly’s courses he offers various opportunities, throughout the day, for participants to have additional attempts at practising techniques/interaction types. The people that volunteer for these opportunities get more worth from the course. So come prepared to participate and volunteer.
- Before the course day write down in one sentence or phrase a specific thing/behaviour/attitude etc. that you’ll like to exit the day with. You’ll get the opportunity to share this thing/behaviour/attitude at the start of the day.
Watch a Fairfax Media clip with Michael Kelly’s analysis of Tony Abbott, entitled Battling the 'umms'.
- Expert trainers
- Central locations
- Small class sizes
- Free, expert advice
- Student materials – yours to keep
- Certificate of completion
What others say.
This was the most challenging and enjoyable course – all at the same time!
The tutor is brilliant and a real asset. I walked out of the course with a better understanding of how to become a stronger leader. The facilitation style used by was participatory, practical and the content was thought-provoking and relevant for a range of people.
The series of communications courses I have attended have been some of the most engaging and useful professional development activities I have encountered.
The tutor walks the walk and knows how to teach it. I felt encouraged, inspired, and really learnt alot of simple and practical tips. Thank you for a great course.
A very nice and knowledgable instructor. They fostered a positive environment amongst the attendees which allowed for open and constructive conversations. This maximised the benefit to the participants in being able to share personal, professional stories and receive feedback to better deal with leadership situations in the workplace.
The tutor provided real insights into the key aspects in developing a leadership style along with many practical class role plays that enabled ideas to be tested and refined that could be taken away and applied in each of our personal circumstances. A top combination of professional guidance coupled with loads of class interaction and feedback.
I found the course extremely useful and thought-provoking. I aim to use the skills I learnt everyday in my workplace to improve my leadership identity and to enhance my communication skills.