WORKING BETTER TOGETHER: LEADERSHIP SERIES
When Matt Cunningham* was hired to lead a new department at a major Canadian organization, it quickly became clear the job wasn't going to be easy. His staff of seven were mostly castoffs. One was considered a flake, another was difficult to work with, a third was over the hill and so on. Or so people thought. A year later, everyone was abuzz. Matt's department had exceeded all expectations. The staff were now stars and other departments were trying to woo them back. It's a remarkable story of leadership. How did it happen? What did Matt do? And why did it work?
Matt's approach is one of several we examine in Thinking Leadership as we encourage participants to make their own choices about what they believe will work best for them, the people around them and their organizations. This course reviews current leadership concepts, explores the pros and cons of each and invites participants to examine them critically for relevance and practical application.
Course topics include understanding cultural bias, leadership styles, organizational styles, the life cycle of an organization, the language of leadership, effective communication and the roles of trust and emotional intelligence. Thinking Leadership helps develop the skills and tools necessary to be an effective leader. It's an intense session with role plays, case studies and opportunities for analysis and practice.
*not his real name
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