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


  • Format

    Tuesday nights
  • Location

    Online and On Campus

    Credly digital certificate awarded upon course completion.

  • Price

    Online Price - $3,995

    On Campus Price - $4,495

    $200 off if you enroll 30 days before program start date.

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

    Call 214.768.3335 or email

  • 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



    Shawn Storer


    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:
    • Develop the influence you want to have
    • Set a more purposeful direction in your career
    • Present powerfully to groups of all sizes and with more ease and grace when you're in the spotlight.
    • Feel more confident, courageous, satisfied, and purposeful
    There are those who, even in the toughest of circumstances, can count on themselves to not just get through it, but to rise to the top. They understand how to influence the people around them. They feel energized and purposeful. Confident. They are the people who don’t just wish and hope to make an impact and drive powerful results, they are the ones who are actively doing it. Being a supervisor or manager or a director or vice president—those are just titles. Our organizations and communities need LEADERS. Uncover how to become a leader people WANT to follow, not HAVE to follow.

    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.

    Building Capability by Coaching and Mentoring Others

    Pam Van Dyke


    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 an engaged and enthusiastic workplace. Learn the best new skills and techniques that will prepare you to build organizational capability within yourself and others.
    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.


    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.


    Creating High Performing Teams





    Learning Objectives:

    • Team Performance Essentials Framework – 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 successful team leadership. You will learn how to help team members and exercise the leadership and guidance that isn’t granted by title or status.


    Leadership Resilience in a VUCA World



    Tim Durkin



    Learning objectives:
    • Learn and be able to apply different leadership techniques mandated by today’s VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) environment.
    • Learn and practice methods that will mitigate a VUCA environment from disrupting the attainment of KPI’s.
    • Learn and be able to apply the reverse-engineering (Janusian) model for successful program and/or project completion.
    • Learn how to facilitate more productive discussions by asking more effective questions.
    An organization cannot outperform the consciousness of its leadership. Competency alone is no longer enough for a leader to be effective. Elevating a leader’s effectiveness requires a complete solution, one that addresses competency (skills and behaviors) and consciousness (mindset and awareness). This session delves into and provides the skills necessary in today’s VUCA environment.
    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, 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.

  • Who Should Attend?


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

    CPE Hours: 30

Course Certification

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