Leadership Training
Advanced Leadership Skills and Principles

Taught Virtually or In Person

Leadership training for managers

Our leadership training courses build on the simple principle that leadership is always people-centric. Leadership is the art of rallying people around a shared purpose, then motivating them and mobilizing them to achieve it.

And because people are such complex creatures, leaders never reach a point where they have finished learning their craft.

Based on that reality, this course on Advanced Leadership Skills and Principles lays the foundation for life-long learning and improvement as a leader.

It examines the role of a leader as a:

  • team-builder
  • motivator
  • strategic thinker
  • cultural change agent
  • and communicator

The course assumes that participants already possess a general grasp of basic leadership principles, similar to what we cover in our training course on The Essentials of Being a Leader.

Content and materials for Advanced Leadership Skills is adapted from our proprietary LeaderTrack® Professional Development Series for Managers and Leaders.


We gladly tailor leadership training to the unique challenges and specific needs of your organization. Customization is included in the standard fee.


At present, all LeaderPerfect leadership and management trainings are conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, SLDI's founder and managing principal.

Training Location:

We deliver this course worldwide as an in-house, off-site, or conference program. The content can also be adapted for virtual delivery. Please note: We do not currently offer this course for public enrollment. We teach it solely by contract with specific businesses, nonprofits, or government entities.

Language of Instruction:

We only offer presentations in English, but are glad to utilize translators in non-English settings. For decades, Dr. Mike Armour (the instructor) has used translators to conduct trainings on four continents.


Based on your needs and scheduling requirements, we offer this course in a variety of time frames.

  • We can present it in a condensed version as a one-day program.
  • Or we can provide a more thorough presentation over two or three days.
  • Alternatively, we can break the course into multiple half-day segments delivered periodically over an extended period.

In North America (and for virtual presentations anywhere in the world), multi-day trainings can be conducted on non-consecutive days. You can even schedule sessions weeks apart. This permits you to provide monthly or quarterly training programs and use Advanced Leadership Skills and Principles as the curriculum.


Extensive workbooks and handouts, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, case studies, video clips, small-group breakouts, self-evaluation exercises, and application exercises

Standard Fee:

The price of this courses is an all-inclusive, flat fee. The fee is determined by the number of training days, not the number of participants. This allows you to contract and budget for specific training dates without knowing the number who will take part.

Several factors figure into your fee. For a full explanation, see our standard training fee schedule

Themes and Topics

When taught in a multi-day format, Advanced Leadership Skills and Principles normally includes the topics outlined below. Shorter-duration trainings build around a sub-set of these subjects. The final outline is always developed in collaboration with the client. And at the client's request, the course may include topics not listed here.

A broad review of leadership fundamentals

  • The mandate which all leaders must fulfill
  • The definition of leadership
  • Three essential roles for every leader
  • Distinctions between leading and managing
  • The people-centric nature of leadership

Leaders as team-builders

  • Structuring teams for peak performance
  • Aligning teams around values, beliefs, and principles
  • Seven keys to embedding values in a team
  • Maintaining team unity

Leaders as motivators

  • Energizing teams by drawing on four innate human drives
  • The two basic types of motivation
  • The two basic patterns of motivation
  • The deeper dynamics of motivation
  • What neuro-science is teaching us about motivation

Leaders as strategic thinkers

  • Developing a strategic mindset
  • Finding sustainable solutions
  • Recognizing the trade-offs inherent in any solution
  • Proven techniques for finding imaginative and innovative solutions
    • Toyota's "five whys" methodology
    • Catalytic questions
    • Disney's creative pattern
    • de Bono's "thinking hats"
  • Practicing "problem-after-next" thinking

Leaders as cultural change agents

  • Leading change initiatives
  • Eight levels of personal and organizational change
  • Why people resist change
  • How to minimize resistance to change
  • How to create a "learning organization"

Leaders as communicators

  • Articulating an orchestrating ideology
    • Orchestrating values
    • Orchestrating beliefs
    • Orchestrating principles
  • Leading with questions rather than answers
  • Artful use of stories as leadership tools

Related Services and Leadership Training

Our clients commonly combine leadership training with one-on-one leadership coaching for some or all of the participants.

We also provide keynotes on leadership for organizational events. A variety of keynote topics are available.

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