Training prepares professionals not yet in management roles for leadership success.
Greensboro, NC – Many experienced managers who go through leadership training programs ask, “Why didn’t I learn these skills earlier in my career?” In recognition of the need to develop essential leadership skills early on, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) introduces its new Leadership Fundamentals program.
Designed for top-performing individual contributors, Leadership Fundamentals serves professionals who don’t have direct reports, but who work on project teams, informally lead or influence others, or have a desire to lead others in the future.
“It’s crucial for professionals at all levels to have a handle on the basics of effective leadership,” said CCL faculty member Stephanie Lischke, a lead trainer in the program. “Organizations that invest early in the leadership development of their high-performing contributors position themselves well for the future. They create a band of leaders who are prepared for the next level of their careers and also help move the organization forward in the meantime.”
Participants in the two-day program gain an understanding of how to build sustainable relationships with their peers and accomplish work faster through alliances and boundary-spanning leadership. They also learn techniques for influencing others and develop a greater sense of self-awareness, leaving the program better prepared to drive organizational performance.
“I had a big ‘aha!’ moment,” said Pim Vossen, a communications specialist for the Creative Education Foundation. “Leadership doesn’t just mean leading others. It means taking a step back, looking at yourself, and determining who you are, how people perceive you, and how you influence others. I walked away from the program with a plan on how to take my leadership aspirations to the next level.”
Said Sarah Poehnelt of Rockwell Automation: “It’s eye-opening for sure. It’s not like any other leadership development program I’ve ever been associated with. It’s not role playing, it’s not lectures. It’s definitely about self-discovery. I was looking for tools, but found myself.”
Leadership Fundamentals launches on March 29 and 30, 2011 in New York City. More information about the program, including online registration, is available: http://www.ccl.org/lfp.