The Real World Leadership Institute is offering the Leadership Challenge Workshop, the foundation of the Leadership Institute, as a stand alone workshop as well. Limited to just 35 participants in each session, the Leadership Challenge is integral in developing leadership skills and spaces are provided to full Institute members first.
If you need leadership development for yourself or your managers, this two day workshop will give you the foundational tools and skills that you need to take your company to a new level.
WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE?
Backed by more than twenty-five years of original research and data from over three million leaders around the world, The Leadership Challenge is proven to cultivate and liberate the leadership potential in every person, at every level, in any organization. Created by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, whose internationally best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge (now in its fourth edition), first identified the powerful Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, this unique collection of leadership assessment and development tools approaches leadership as a measurable, learn-able, and teachable set of behaviors that can become part of the everyday practice of getting extraordinary things done in organizations today.
WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE DESIGNED TO ACHIEVE?
Immensely practical and hands-on, The Leadership Challenge is designed to inspire,engage, and help participants develop the leadership skills needed to meet whatever leadership challenges lie ahead. The core curriculum is structured around seven components, including five modules that focus specifically on each of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Each module describes the practice, reviews the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) items related to that practice, and ends with techniques that ask participants to reflect on how to apply what they have learned to a current leadership challenge of their own. With a plan of action in hand for taking the key learnings from the workshop back to the workplace, participants are prepared to implement these new leadership practices back on the job, beginning on Day One.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE WORKSHOP?
The Leadership Challenge Workshop is designed to help aspiring and accomplished leaders alike achieve their Personal Bests and improve their effectiveness in their leadership roles.
Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify their leadership strengths and weaknesses.
2. Clarify and communicate their fundamental values and beliefs.
3. Set the example for others by aligning their actions with shared values.
4. Express their images of the future.
5. Inspire others to share a common vision.
6. Search for opportunities to change and improve.
7. Experiment with innovative ideas and learn from accompanying mistakes.
8. Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
9. Strengthen the ability of others to excel.
10. Recognize the accomplishments of others.
11. Apply the lessons learned in the workshop to a current organizational challenge.
WHAT IS UNIQUE OR DIFFERENT ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WORKSHOP APPROACH?
There is a fundamental truth about leadership that lies at the very heart of The Leadership Challenge Workshop and sets this program apart from all others. That truth is: leadership is everyones business. It is not a place or position. It is not a rank or title. And most importantly, it is not available only to an elite few. From the front lines to executive suites, leadership is a set of skills and abilities that can be learned by anyone with the desire and dedication to fully develop him- or herself, to achieve his or her personal leadership best, or to facilitate the development of others as leaders. This programs focus is solely on leaderswhether seasoned or new to the roleand their relationships with others.
In fact, leadership development is self-development is the first of several principles that shape the design and delivery of The Leadership Challenge Workshop. It informs the assessment tools, learning resources, and activities that are part of the program, which are all designed to help the individual leader discover what she or he can do to improve.
Essential concepts that form the core principles of the program include:
- Leadership is everyone’s business.
- Leadership is a relationship.
- The best leaders are the best learners.
- It takes practice deliberate practice to become a better leader.
- Leadership is an aspiration and a choice.
- Leaders make a difference
WHO IS THE WORKSHOP DESIGNED FOR?
No matter where individuals might be on their leadership development journey, anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader and learning to apply The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to real-life challenges and opportunities will benefit from participating in The Leadership Challenge Workshop: seasoned leaders as well as those new to the role individual supervisors, managers, directors, and executives and young people looking to enhance their leadership roles in school or in the community. From academia to government, health care to technology, faith-based to community advocacy organizations, The Leadership Challenge Workshop has been designed to be accessible to as many leaders and pragmatically applicable to as many experiences as possible.
WHAT INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS DOES THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WORKSHOP INCLUDE?
The Leadership Challenge Workshop has seven modules:
Practice 1. Model the Way
Practice 2. Inspire a Shared Vision
Practice 3. Challenge the Process
Practice 4. Enable Others to Act
Practice 5. Encourage the Heart
The opening module introduces the program and its key components, including The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) tools. A module for each of The Five Practices begins with a description of the practice and a review of the LPI items related to that practice, and ends with asking participants to reflect on how to apply what they have learned to a current leadership challenge of their own. The closing module helps participants identify specific actions for improving in one of The Five Practices and for communicating with their team andor manager regarding their LPI feedback, their values, and their visions of the future.
Self-discovery and self-awareness are essential to developing our capacity to lead. A core component in that process is personal reflection and analysis of our own behaviors as leaders. Equally as valuable is insight and feedback from those around us who know us well, who have experience of us in our roles as leaders, and who are committed in their support of our personal development to provide honest input into the behaviors we exhibit to others. Combined, these essential perspectives provide invaluable insight into how we view ourselves as leaders, how others view us, and what actions we can take to improve our effectiveness. Specifically, the LPI-Self assessment that is completed by workshop participants offers individuals a way of independently measuring their own leadership behaviors the LPIObserver assessment gathers important insight from bosses, co-workers, direct reports, and others who have direct experience of the individual leader in a leadership role. Participants in the Full Leadership Institue the participate in both an initial assessment and then a comprehensive assessment at the end of the Institute. Both are excellent tools for personal growth and development.