1. Introduction to Professional Foundations
October 15, 2019
In this opening session, participants will learn various work and leadership styles, how these styles may influence the way we lead others, and the value of understanding and embracing a variety of styles.
2. Leading Individuals & Teams
October 22, 2019
Learn best practices for partnering with individuals and groups, delegating work, communicating expectations, and managing performance.
3. Building Trust & Delegating Responsibility
October 29, 2019
The focus in this session will be on trust as a foundation for our professional endeavors, and how we can build on that trust to appropriately manage our own and others’ work. Different levels of delegation, and how to decide when and what to delegate, will be discussed.
4. Navigating Influence & Power
November 5, 2019
In whatever role we choose to play in our professional life, we need to influence others’ thinking and behavior. This session will explore sources of power, how power structures impact our work lives, and influencing strategies to support success.
5. Leading Through Conflict
November 12, 2019
In this session we will discuss conflict as an inevitable part of our professional lives, and one of the most commonly cited challenges for leaders. We will focus on identifying different types of conflict, encouraging conflict that creates innovation and problem-solving, and minimizing unproductive conflict.
6. Guiding Organizational Change
November 19, 2019
The most important part of any organization is its people. This course will address key topics such as recruitment, retention, development and evaluation of staff, volunteers; the importance of diversity in the nonprofit workforce; and specific strategies to create a motivating and rewarding work environment.
7. Leading Across Cultures
November 26, 2019
This session will focus on the experience of collaborating with others with differing backgrounds, assumptions, and behaviors. Through various exercises and discussion, students will have the opportunity to explore biases, understand cultural differences, and adopt a global mindset.
8. Coaching Others for Growth
December 3, 2019
Research shows that relationship-based learning experiences, such as coaching and mentoring, have the greatest impact on employee development and performance. This session will highlight best practices in coaching and mentoring, with a focus on tools and strategies.