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This self-directed Leadership Development Series is available for the individual leader who is interested in a comprehensive, steady-progress-over-time approach to becoming a more effective, intentional leader. It may also be a good fit for a group of leaders within an organization who want to create more consistency and alignment around effective leadership. 

The Series consists of skill-building course content delivered via interactive eLearning and is paired with coaching sessions. Coaching sessions with a leadership coach will be conducted via Zoom in a one-to-one or small group approach.

Leaders who complete the Series of self-directed eLearning courses will be more confident and competent in the choices they make as a leader.


Course Benefits

Leaders Will Learn

key Features

  • 12 self-paced eLearning courses
  • Includes DISC Leadership Style Assessment and Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • An electronic workbook is included, allowing leaders to further expand upon course content and apply it to individual ”real life” leadership challenges and responsibilities
  • Lifetime access to the Living As A Leader Mobile App
  • The opportunity to work one on one with a leadership coach

A study published by the International Personnel Management Association shows that where training plus coaching was compared to training alone, the combined approach increased productivity by 88% versus 22.4%.

Skill-Building Workshops

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  The Seven Most Common Mistakes Leaders Make

Purpose: The Seven Most Common Mistakes Leaders Make conveys to leaders that their role in leading people is critical to success both in terms of employee engagement and business results.


We define leadership as engaging other people to deliver desired results, and this workshop provides a forum to help leaders learn more about how to do that.


Through the introduction of three foundational models, we challenge leaders to step back and think about not only the kind of leader they want to be but also the kind of person they want to be. With this foundation set, this session explores the reasons for and consequences of the seven most common mistakes leaders make and how to overcome them.


Process: This workshop is interactive and uses a variety of discussion methods and group activities to maximize participant involvement and engagement. Throughout the workshop, leaders will assess the degree to which each mistake is present (or not) in their day-to-day leadership of people.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand why effective leadership is important.
  • Learn key models, skills and tendencies related to interacting with and leading employees.
  • Have new insights about the leadership mistakes they’re making.
  • Have a collection of strategies to overcome the seven most common mistakes leaders make.
  Be a Great Coach

Purpose: Be a Great Coach enhances a leader’s understanding of what coaching is and helps leaders overcome common misconceptions and limitations about their role as a coach.


This workshop introduces a six-step process that serves as a framework for coaching. A key area of focus in this workshop is how to Coach for Growth.


Two key messages in the workshop are:

1. Coaching is a style of communication

2. Coaching starts with questions


Process: This workshop combines individual reflection, application and small group practice to maximize the practice opportunities and skill development of leaders as coaches.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore coaching as a highly effective style of communication.
  • Understand how and why coaching works.
  • Examine two different types of coaching.
  • Practice a six-step process and key skills to coach others effectively.
  Communicate By Design

Purpose: Communicate By Design teaches leaders how to coach others who are falling short of expectations in terms of behavior or performance. We call this Coaching for Improvement.


Leaders will gain the competence and confidence to conduct difficult conversations about unmet expectations with calmness and respect.


Effectively delivering these coaching conversations is important because they help others achieve higher levels of performance and success on the job.


Process: Participants practice our six-step coaching process with specific emphasis on how to apply it when Coaching for Improvement.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to confidently and competently Coach for Improvement.
  • Explore two key factors that make Coaching for Improvement difficult.
  • Overcome common pitfalls when you Coach for Improvement.
  • Practice and apply the six-step coaching process to Coach for Improvement.
  Understand Your Leadership Style

Purpose: Understand Your Leadership Style helps participants see the impact behavioral style has on the ability to communicate effectively with others.


Style awareness helps leaders understand that they have a responsibility to become versatile in how they interact with the world around them, particularly with their own employees.


Process: This workshop incorporates the use of the DISC Interpersonal Style Report, analysis of the report and application to workplace situations involving individuals with different styles.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the impact of different behavioral styles.
  • Have an awareness of their natural style tendencies.
  • Know how to identify the styles of others accurately.
  • Increase awareness and tolerance of different behavioral styles.
  • Apply specific strategies to work more productively with others.
  Create a Culture of Employee Engagement

Purpose: In 2017, it was reported that disengaged employees cost organizations $450 - $550 billion annually (


Create a Culture of Employee Engagement helps leaders understand the impact they have on employee engagement and introduces them to six strategies for creating a culture of engagement.


Process: Participants will measure their own engagement at work, as well as the engagement level of their team.

Through an introduction to a list of six strategies to create a culture of engagement, participants will have an opportunity to share knowledge and best practices.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Recognize the compelling link between employee engagement and business results.
  • Have a clear definition of what employee engagement is and why it is important.
  • Understand one’s own individual level of engagement and the engagement level of their team.
  • Be equipped to implement six strategies to create a culture of engagement.
  • Have tips and strategies to use immediately as an individual leader to increase employee engagement and overall results.
  Maximize Performance 365 Days a Year

Purpose: Maximize Performance 365 Days a Year builds participants’ skills in order to maximize employee performance, day in and day out, all year long.


Participants explore the three key components of the Performance Management Cycle:

1. Setting expectations and goals

2. Monitoring efforts and results

3. Coaching and reviewing performance


Process: Through a combination of individual and group activities, participants explore each component of the Performance Management Cycle and develop an action plan to increase team clarity, motivation and effectiveness.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Know the ongoing, interdependent activities needed to maximize employee performance 365 days a year.
  • Develop a plan to communicate broad expectations to all employees.
  • Understand the key types of goals that need to be established for employees and how these goals relate to expectations.
  • Recognize the importance of using consistent monitoring and communication strategies every day to ensure their employees achieve expectations and goals.
  • Examine strategies for coaching and reviewing performance.
  Support Yourself and Others Through Change

Purpose: Support Yourself and Others Through Change explores the dynamics of change, resistance to change and how leaders can better help themselves and others navigate through change as effectively and efficiently as possible.


A key focus of this workshop is teaching participants how to coach others who are struggling with change situations in the workplace.


Participants are introduced to the rational and emotional aspects of change and why change is necessary for a business to thrive. This workshop covers the predictable reactions of employees who may be struggling to move forward and how leaders can provide support and advance acceptance.


Process: Participants apply two change models to a unique change-related challenge within their organizations. They will explore barriers that prevent acceptance to those changes and create and discuss potential solutions with the other participants.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the need for continuous change, along with the predictable dynamics of change.
  • Be familiar with typical reactions to change, especially of employees who are struggling.
  • Identify current change-related challenges in the workplace.
  • Have an action plan to address a current change issue within their organization.
  • Learn how to coach others through change.
  Resolve Conflict

Purpose: Resolve Conflict equips leaders with an understanding of conflict so they are more comfortable managing it proactively and productively.


This workshop teaches conflict types, behaviors and reasons, and the five methods of dealing with conflict. A key outcome of the workshop is the development of conflict resolution strategies for current workplace challenges.


Process: Participants will complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument as part of this workshop. This workshop also includes a variety of interactive discussions and small group activities.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand conflict and why it occurs in organizations.
  • Compare and contrast the five modes of conflict.
  • Develop strategies and an action plan to overcome an existing conflict.
  Create Productive Meetings

Purpose: Create Productive Meetings helps leaders become more intentional about how they create, manage and influence the effectiveness of meetings they facilitate and attend. Special emphasis is placed on leaders as change-agents who can positively improve the overall meeting culture within their organizations.


Process: Participants explore and examine a variety of simple, proven elements for structuring effective meetings, and they practice applying those elements to meetings they encounter in the workplace. Participants also work on strategies to enhance meeting participation, interaction and communication so that meetings become more engaging and impactful.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand key elements of a productive meeting.
  • Know how to structure meetings in ways that heighten meeting effectiveness.
  • Be prepared to employ meeting processes for better participation and communication.
  • Make meetings they facilitate and attend highly productive and action-focused.
  Solve Problems, Make Sound Decisions

Purpose: Working in an organization involves two crucial skills – solving problems and making decisions. Yet, leaders often struggle with how to help others become better at these crucial skills.


Solve Problems, Make Sound Decisions explores leadership strategies, problem-solving methods and a complete problem-solving process that leaders can use to teach and guide others through problem solving and decision making.


Process: Participants use their real-time business problems to practice and explore specific aspects of problem solving and decision making. They also examine a variety of strategies for building these skills in others. Participants come away with a repeatable, teachable five-step process that involves clarifying the problem, identifying ideas, deciding on actions, executing the plan and reviewing outcomes.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop,

participants will:

  • Be able to explain the fundamental nature of problem solving and decision making, and the relationship between them.
  • Know various leadership strategies for building others into better problem solvers and decision makers.
  • Be equipped with a five-step process for problem solving and decision making that they can use on their own, with individuals and with groups.
  • Learn new methods for brainstorming, creative thinking and decision making.
  Focus Your Team

Purpose: The day-to-day whirlwind of activity in organizations makes it very difficult for leaders to ensure that their teams are working on what’s most important.


Focus Your Team teaches leaders how to heighten productivity by focusing on what matters most to drive the team and business forward.


Process: Through a combination of group and individual exercises, participants explore methods and strategies for enhancing team effectiveness and productivity.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of “focus” for maximizing team productivity.
  • Know who their customers are and understand how that knowledge defines the team’s “mission of service.”
  • Be armed with strategies for helping team members think differently about how and where they apply their efforts to priorities and projects.
  • Have an action plan and tools to use with team members for focus and productivity.
  Lead By Design

Purpose: Lead By Design allows participants to synthesize their leadership development experiences over the past year and measure their growth as a leader.


Process: Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their participation in the Leadership Development Series. The session is highly interactive, with a variety of activities designed to maximize review of content, reinforcement of skills and application of material to real-life challenges.


Payoff: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Have a summary of the key content from the leadership development workshops they have attended.
  • Have a comprehensive plan for addressing a complex, current leadership challenge through the application of key knowledge and skills gained from the prior workshops.
  • Understand their current strengths and opportunities for continuous improvement as a leader
  • Use their 360-degree feedback to complete a leadership plan.

Living As A Leader was an excellent opportunity to learn new methods of coaching for growth and improvement, as well as refreshing some already gained knowledge as a manager. Coaching sessions that covered each lesson were extremely beneficial to relating all content covered to how it can be applied successfully to our organization.

—Sullivan Brown, Operations Manager

Coaching Sessions

Many leaders tell us this is a favorite part of their development. Each eLearning course, accompanied by an electronic participant workbook, provides a list of assignments and skill practice suggestions. Then, the coaching sessions provide a forum for leaders to practice the tools learned and share experiences and results with their leadership coach.

This one-on-one support provides leaders with valuable opportunities to personalize their development, apply critical skills and address specific leadership challenges.

Coaching Benefits

  • Individual accountability and expert support for application of skills learned
  • Practice solutions to address specific situations in the workplace

What Our Clients Say About Us

"I just had my first coaching session with my coach for Living As A Leader and it was the most valuable hour I have had in the past several months. I’m grateful for the push to take this on and for the challenge to find the time to add this to my wheelhouse. I am very excited to continue this journey and have no doubt that I will become a much more effective leader (and a better parent and human) once I complete this course."

– Craig Aikman, Director of Programming

"Completing the Living As A Leader course has made me a more self-aware and thoughtful leader. The workshops provided content that aided in the improvement of my leadership and coaching skills. However, the most beneficial aspect of this program for me was the one-on-one coaching provided by my coach. She guided me through, and helped me to apply, the coursework to real-life work situations. I found her insights and experience to be thoughtful and very helpful as I strive to further my development as a leader. While this development will remain an ongoing process, I feel that this series has set me on the path to continue to grow as a leader in a way that is positive, supportive and intentional."

– Cathy Larson, Regional Senior Manager

"Taking the Living As A Leader course has very positively impacted my organization. My coach has been WONDERFUL! I’ve taken multiple leadership classes and read numerous books on the topic, and this class stood out among all of them. The modules are easy to navigate and give you a lot of actionable advice. Meeting with my coach once a month has been so helpful to talk through actual problems my business was going through. I would recommend this class to anyone!"

– Karah Jones, CEO

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