Transformational Leadership

Learn how to maximize your company’s most valuable, volatile asset—human capital in a rapidly changing environment—and strengthen your skills in strategic thinking.

In 10 challenging sessions, this dynamic leadership development course for director level and experienced leaders will transform your leadership vision and approach from the inside out.

What you'll get from the program

  • Improve your personal brand of leadership skills
  • Understand and implement change
  • Lead people and enhance value
  • Implement strategies from evidence-based leadership research
  • Actionable development plan for your unique needs

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  • Dates

    9/14/2021 6:00:00 PM - 11/16/2021 9:00:00 PM

  • Format

    Tuesday nights
  • Location

  • Price


    Most companies offer tuition reimbursement for SMU programs, check with your HR department for details.

    *Cost reflects early purchase discount. Only highest discount applies. Expires August 31.

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  • Topics

    Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

    Karen Atwell

    Learning Objectives:

    • Introduce the five practices of exemplary leadership
    • Receive feedback on your leadership behaviors
    • Understand the 10 key commitments for effective leadership

    Participants will be able to take an honest look at themselves and their leadership behavior. This module will help them identify strengths in the area of strategic and visionary leadership, as well as suggest areas for improvement.

    Emotional Intelligence and Its Role in Leadership

    Jeff Strese

    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.

    Driving Results Through Authentic Influence

    Kimberly Davis


    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.

    Trust, Influence and Accountability

    Jerry Magar


    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.

    Leader as Coach

    Charlotte Barner


    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn what it means to be a coach-like leader and mentor
    • Explore the benefits of being a better coach and mentor to you, those you influence and your organization
    • Learn and practice skills and a coaching model for more impactful conversations

    Today’s competitive workplace demands that leaders evaluate performance and provide coaching and mentoring to employees. The new generations entering the workforce want coaching and expect mentoring from their leaders. Being a mentor/coach leader is one of the most effective ways to get more done for the company while building and engaged and enthusiastic workplace.

    Creating High Performing Teams

    Luigi Pecoraro

    Learning Objectives:

    • Framework – Five requirements for team effectiveness
    • Examine leadership roles that contribute to team effectiveness
    • Discover the importance of team identity and team norms
    • Explore issues related to team development

    Successful teamwork underlies nearly all work situations. Understanding how teams develop and when to intervene underlies the successful team leadership. You will learn how to help team members exercise the leadership and guidance that isn’t granted by title or status.

    Leading Organizational Change

    Patti Johnson



    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand how leading change is different than leading an ongoing project or process
    • Learn the habits & behaviors of successful change leaders and how common leadership practices can undermine you in times of change
    • Learn how to create a plan around your change and make visible progress
    • Understand the communication strategies and actions that will help build commitment

    Organizational change is dynamic and cannot be fully predicted. Leaders must adapt, be more agile and learn to be successful in ambiguity and uncertainty. We will discuss how to still be effective and move the organization forward by becoming an effective change leader. In this interactive session, we will explore real-life scenarios and help participants identify strategies and actions to use in their organizational change whether they are leading it or playing an influencer role.

    Human-Centered Design: An Approach for Innovation

    Jessica Burnham

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to use cross-disciplinary approach to solve problems
    • Learn how to take on systemic meaningful challenges with creativity and confidence

    Complex and ingrained problems require a means through which to discover the way to a solution. We will review a process which provides a way to move forward even when the solutions might not appear obvious. Design decisions fit into a larger context which includes history, politics, sustainability, ethics, relationships and aesthetics. Courses work to ground students in a world bigger than their own through an understanding of design impact.

    Strategic Thinking

    Simon Mak


    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand Traditional Strategic Thinking Frameworks
    • Learn Emerging Strategic Frameworks
    • Identify Impact of New Strategies to Existing Business Models

    This session will provide students a basic understanding of the tools used for strategic thinking in business, including SWOT, Porter's 5 Forces, Business Growth 2x2, and the Business Model Canvas. These tools will teach students to formally think about what to do, why you should do it, and when you should do it. The session will be very interactive and will conclude with the Business Model Canvas.

    Leadership Resilience in a VUCA World

    Tim Durkin


    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn and practice how to prevent the environment or circumstance from disrupting progress and continuity

    Leadership as usual is not enough in a Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. Leading in a VUCA world not only presents a challenging environment but also opens the door to an array of new skills that are required to succeed. Leaders and their organizations need to develop the mental capabilities and desire to avoid being left behind.

  • Who Should Attend?


    • Director level leaders and above
    • Experienced leaders with new responsibilities
    • Experienced Entrepreneurs and Business Operators

    CPE Hours: 30

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