Cox Leadership Academy

  • Overview

    In order to lead, you must start with yourself. You need to intimately know your strengths and limitations, and how to build on them, and how to avoid leader self-deception. You need to know how to stay strong physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and have meaning and purpose. You need to know how to avoid burnout and fatigue, how to motivate yourself with challenging goals and build an active support network.

  • Transformative Leadership Creating a Compelling Vision

    Exploring Your Authentic Leadership            

    Learning Objectives:

    • Deeply explore and articulate your personal values.
    • Use your values to define and distinguish your personal leadership approach.
    • Leverage your personal values in your role of leader to help manage yourself and others through difficult times.
    • Learn a method to more consistency apply your values to daily interactions and decisions.
    • Learn to intentionally use individual and organizational values to drive desired behaviors of employees.

    In this session we'll use storytelling as a tool to get at our own values and those of others we lead.  We'll bring greater awareness to our own stories, allowing us to spotlight our driving values and strengths.  We'll explore how our stories impact our current circumstances - and where we find we are giving up power or opportunity we'll learn techniques to get unstuck and move forward with greater clarity and possibility in the face of complexity. 

    Putting Your Strengths to Work                

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify your strengths through critical incidents
    • Identify ways that you can utilize your strengths to a greater degree
    • Leveraging the strengths of others makes your stronger
    • Identify activities you can delegate to focus more on your strength areas

    The fact is, many leaders do not really know their strengths. Not only does this lack of self-awareness bring about unintended consequences to one’s behavior, but also it can lead to disengaged employees and undue stress in the workplace and beyond. Donald Clifton remarked:
    What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.

    Creating a Compelling Vision

    Learning Objectives:

    • Develop a compelling personal and organization vision statement
    • Knowing, being and doing the 4 components of a Transformative Leader
    • Understand why Transformative Leaders have greater impact
    • Setting the bar for self-expectations and execution potential

    Transformative Leader is a process in which leaders and followers help each other to advance to a higher level of morale and motivation. Understand the difference between a transactional (give and take) and transformative leader (makes change through example, articulating an energizing vision, and setting challenging goals. TL redefines perception and values, and changes the expectations and aspirations of employees.  


    Luigi Pecoraro  |  Shane Goodwin

  • The Influence Factor Trust, Influence and Accountability

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn to use trust as a specific business strategy to increase speed of execution and decrease cost 
    • Learn to expand your influence with your direct reports, peers and bosses and leverage influence across organizational boundaries
    • Learn to use a diagnostic process and apply specific behaviors and strategies to restore and enhance trust

    The module challenges the age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged driver that makes organizations more successful, people more promotable and relationships more energizing.

    Jerry Magar

  • The ESI Advantage Emotional and Social Intelligence and Its Role in Leadership

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to build greater emotional intelligence attributes
    • Learn how increased emotional intelligence fosters a culture of trust and accountability

    This session helps managers become more effective with the growing demand to achieve outcomes at a strategic level through effective communication and heightened emotional intelligence.

    Pam Van Dyke

  • Authentic Presentation Authenticity and Intentional Communication with Executive Presence

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn to powerfully shape your leadership message to maximize understanding and spark a fire in the hearts of others
    • Explore how communication has the power to de-motivate and how to strategically avoid leadership communication pitfalls

    As work becomes more complex and collaborative, the ability to build trusting relationships distinguishes those who flourish from those who falter. We are often required to achieve results with groups and individuals well beyond where our formal authority lies. Learn to leverage influence to create more productive and even more enjoyable relationships with your boss, peers and employees.

  • Leadership Resilience Optimizes Brain Performance

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn to prioritize to stay focused, accomplish tasks, and get the most from your mental energy.
    • Understand how big picture thinking can help you make decisions and stay on course.
    • Expand your thinking to improve processes and inspire those around you.

    Transform complex neuroscience principles into practical insights to optimize brain health and performance. Explore what drives and what drains brain health and performance. Discuss actionable strategies to optimize deep strategic thinking and creativity, increase mental energy, and recalibrate for resilience.

    See more on this course's instructor, Dee O'Neill.

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