Leadership Training

Managers · Executives · Entrepreneurs · Leadership Teams

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Leadership training builds your management team's bench strength. It paves the way for top performance, smooth leadership succession, and bottom-line effectiveness.

How could your organization do an even better job of training its leaders? Why not draw on our specialized leadership education programs?

We customize leadership training to your specific needs through appropriate blendings of workshops, seminars, keynotes, coaching, mentoring, consulting, and facilitated team-building.

Please Note: We do not currently host leadership trainings for the general public. All of our trainings are custom designed for the leadership needs of specific businesses or non-profits and are delivered as in-house trainings.

Leadership Training Courses for Managers and Executives

The following training courses anchor our class offerings for leadership and executive education. (Click on any item for an expanded description.)

►  The Essentials of Being a Leader

What is required to make the transition from being a good manager — even a superior manager — to being a genuine leader? How does leadership differ from management? What contexts call for leadership? Which ones call for management? What unique contributions does leadership make to an organization? And what are the best practices in making those contributions?

Questions like these form the core of our leadership training on the essentials of being a great leader. This course lays out a solid foundation of universal insights and principles which serve the leadership requirements at any management or executive level.

►  Advanced Leadership Skills and Principles

What sets exceptional leaders apart from others? Among other things, it's unwavering devotion to improving their leadership skills. For those who are ready to go beyond the basics of leadership preparation, this course centers on such topics as strategic thinking, change management, surfacing innovative solutions, creating a learning culture, using stories to motivate and inspire, leading with questions, and aligning an organization for peak performance. The course presumes that articipants already have a mastery of the topics covered in the course above on Leadership Essentials.

►  When to Lead, When to Manage

Leadership and management are like two pedals on a bicycle: they must work in tandem, with an alternating pattern of first one, then the other being at the forefront. This course is designed to clarify the distinctive roles and contributions of both leadership and management. It then spells to spell out the kinds of scenarios which call for leadership to be at the fore, which ones call for management to be in that position.

►  Mastering Trust-Centered Leadership

The speed at which your company can transform itself, respond to new competition, or adapt to sudden changes in your industry is directly correlated to the extent that trust permeates your organization. In this leadership training you learn the keys to building a change-ready, high-trust culture within your team or organization. Participants learn the five conditions that must exist within the corporate atmosphere for trust to prevail. And they explore seven personal characteristics that leaders must embody if they are to be fully trusted.

►  Leadership FIRST — The Leaders Most Critical Priorities

When leaders achieve their most striking results, five critical qualities always prevail.

  • Focus
  • Inspiration
  • Resilience
  • Sustained Drive
  • Team Trust

Let us design a retreat, workshop, or other training to help your leadership team gain greater skill in practicing each of these essential 'FIRST' qualities.

►  Team-Building: Integrating Teams using Personal Core Values

Among other things, team-building is about integrating diverse personalities and work styles into a cohesive, focused unit. Many team-building programs overlook the importance of recognizing the range of personal core values within a team. The result is a failure to harness these values to engage members more fully and promote performance.

This half-day program takes participants through a team-building experience which gives them practical, working tools for developing and maintaining stronger team unity and gaining each member's optimal contribution to the team.

►  Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives

Today companies increasingly expect their leaders to function as coaches and mentors. Many managers and executives feel unprepared to meet this expectation. In the course of their leadership education, most received little or no training in coaching and mentoring. Strategic Leadership Development International fills this gap with training that draws from the same curriculum that Dr. Mike Armour uses to teach MBA courses on coaching and mentoring. This course on Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives is a condensed version of his MBA class.

►  Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Program

To strengthen succession planning and accelerate the development of key personnel, innovative companies are creating their own in-house mentoring programs. We have helped several organizations establish an internal mentoring program or mature one which was already in place.

To this end, we provide comprehensive training, consulting, and facilitation services to help your organization implement a mentoring program. This class provides your leadership team a thorough roadmap of how to proceed in putting their internal mentoring program together.

Advanced Leadership Education

Here is a partial listing of additional themes around which we can develop a leadership education program for your organization. (Click on any item for an expanded description.)

►  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Skills

As a credentialed master trainer in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Dr. Mike Armour, SLDI's founder, can provide basic level or advanced training in any of the dozens of powerful NLP techniques. Possible areas of training include:

  • assuring the success of your personal goals
  • creating resourceful inner states that allow you to perform at your best
  • overcoming disabling beliefs
  • breaking patterns of undesirable behavior
  • building deep and lasting rapport with anyone you meet
  • reading and calibrating non-verbal feedback accurately
  • aligning verbal and non-verbal communication to give greater impact to your message
  • developing powerful platform skills as a speaker
  • using presuppositional language and creative reframes to change your hearer's perspective
  • using the "Meta Model" and the "Milton Model" to clarify communication and minimize misunderstanding

This is by no means an exhaustive list of topics, as Mike can customize a training on any of the dozens of NLP techniques. He will also conduct a complete NLP pratitioner or master practitioner training for groups of six or more. Each certification requires approximately 130 hours of training, spread out over several weeks.

Elsewhere on this web site we have answered many frequently asked questions about NLP.

►  Imaginative Leadership Using Graves Systems

In the 1960s Dr. Clare Graves developed one of the world's most comprehensive models for understanding human and organizational behavior. The model builds on the interplay of eight different systems of thought and value. Over time mankind has created these systems as coping mechanisms to deal with the complexity of our existence. (You can find more about Graves systems elsewhere on this web site.)

Dr. Mike Armour, the managing principal of SLDI, is a nationally recognized authority and pioneering author on the Graves model and designs workshops appropriate for businesses, churches, non-profit organizations, or educational institutions.

Topics include:

  • The worldview behind each of the Graves systems
  • The values and priorities of each system
  • The treasures to be found and traps to be avoided in each system
  • How these systems clash within organizations
  • The most effective management and leadership styles for each system
  • Motivating workers or volunteers, based on their system preference
  • Assigning duties and building effective work teams based on personal system preferences

Leadership Training for Entrepreneurs

America is the land of the entrepreneur. We are a nation of small businesses built by men and women with a dream of controlling their own economic destiny. As these dreams become realities, Strategic Leadership Development International is ready to provide leadership training at every stage of the journey. We offer customized training at each of the following life-stages in the founding and development of your company. (Click on any topic for an expanded description.)

►  Starting Your Own Company

Each year thousands of men and women leave corporate life to start their own business. As they build a team, as they raise capital, as they map a vision for the future, leadership challenges face these entrepreneurs at every turn. Having helped numerous entrepreneurs with start-up ventures, we are adept at training the leadership team that is launching a new business. Our leadership training shows them how to get off on the right foot so that they build the company on a solid foundation from the very beginning.

►  Growing Your Own Company

The leadership skills and style essential for launching a company are not the same as those required to grow it to its full potential. Many entrepreneurs and their management team fail to recognize this difference. Once they are beyond the startup phase, how do they need to change their leadership approach to assure sustained growth? What size thresholds change the priorities on which leadership should focus? We can custom-make trainings to help your team answer these questions, and be prepared to make appropriate changes to keep growth strong and vibrant.

►  Preparing to Sell Your Own Company

Strategic Leadership Development International has helped several companies successfully position themselves for acquisition. When acquisition is the goal, a number of unique demands are thrust upon leadership. Leaders must back off and look at the company through the eyes of a potential buyer. They must get the company ready for a "beauty contest." Based on our experience with companies and entrepreneurs going through this process, we can design leadership training that will position your leadership team to optimize your company's value in the eyes of others.


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