Leadership Seminar: In these times, one of the most important aspects of management is leadership, especially communicative leadership. In communicative leadership, companies emphasize and even prioritize communication (exchange of information) with employees and among employees as one of the most important tools to drive the corresponding business forward. A leader does not need to know everything but he/she should make sure that he/she makes the best use of the knowledge of employees and engages in active communication with them. Therefore, managers should listen actively to their employees and engage in a mutual and constant dialogue with them to ensure that communication channels are open between them. An open atmosphere for communication allows leaders to make the best of their employees’ knowledge and at the same time establish a motivating atmosphere.



In the following we will provide you with some of the contents of our leadership seminar:


Objectives:

  • To bring the company forward,
  • To understand the group dynamics and to lead teams more efficiently,
  • To promote employees and to achieve the best results,
  • To have motivated employees


Target groups:

  • Executives, middle managers and team leaders


Contents:

  • Understanding the patterns, beliefs and rules that underpin corporate systems,
  • Improving communication skills and fostering a sense of community and partnership,
  • Understanding leadership and human behavior,
  • Formulating effective and realistic goals,
  • Setting individual and group goals,
  • Using one's employees’ strengths and knowledge,
  • Empowering and motivating employees,
  • Conducting interim performance audits,
  • Steering perfomance appraisal towards clear goals,
  • Handling stress,
  • Identifying different types of conflicts and managing conflicts,
  • Mentoring and counseling employees


Methodology:

  • Lecture, discussions, work in groups, role plays

 

Duration:



2 days for the start-up session

2 days for an interim session after six months

1 day of coaching

 



Number of participants: 6-8 participants

 



Price: Upon request

 



In the following section some of the leadership tools we work on during the seminar are presented briefly:

1) Active listening: Active listening is one of the most powerful tools in modern communicative leadership as, in general, leaders who exercise the most influence over their employees are powerful listeners. Employees want to be understood and listening is a prerequisite for understanding. At the same time active listening has a strong motivating factor.   More 

2) Self perception and perception by others: As a leader one should be aware that his/her own self perception might well differ from perception by others: in this case the employees and peers in one’s organization. A leader might consider himself/herself a good active listener but in reality he/she might not even listen carefully to one's employees. The same holds true for employees. More

3) Human Ego States: In communicating with one's employees, leaders should be aware of that fact that they need to address their employees as an adult to an adult. As each human has three major ego states of parent -adult - child that can be used interchangeably in communication setting, leaders should be aware that playing caring parent towards one's employees would steal any sense of responsibilty away from them. More

4) Motivation: Leaders should be aware of motivation theory and how employees are motivated. Too often leaders make two common mistakes. One of them is assuming that factors that are motivating for them will also be motivating for their employees. For example, working very long hours may not be a problem for a leader and indeed motivating, but it would be very demotivating for an employee who values his/her private life. Another common mistake is to assume that all employees are motivated in the same way. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some factors that are motivating for some employees might be very demotivating for others. Leaders should distinguish between intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. More

5) Goal-Setting Process: Setting goals is one of the most important leadership tools in any type of organization. The top management establishes goals at a strategic level based on the corporate vision and strategies. These goals are given to lower levels, among them middle managers, who then break down these goals into more specific and everyday goals and assigning their employees to achieve them. Leaders may use the SMART formula to set relevant goals for their employees. More

6) Team Development: As shown in the motivation section, leaders can motivate their employees by encouraging cooperation among them. This can be done via team building, for the purpose of accomplishing clearly defined goals in projects. Based on Tuckman and Jenson, all teams go through five stages and leaders should ensure that they take certain measures to support teamwork among the employees involved in the project. More

7) Conflict Management: Conflicts are part of the corporate life and constructive dealing with conflicts could even enhance the performance of individual aprties involved and then help to increase the efficiency of a company. The important fact is that it is a big mistake to try to avoid conflicts at all costs.  More

8) Performance audit:Performance reviews function as one of the most important tools in modern communicative leadership. After all, no one wants to do her or his job for an extended period of time without receiving appropriate feedback. Feedback has a motivating effect on employees similar to a pat on the shoulder in human psychology. Additionally, it assists employees in monitoring their own activities and improving their own performance in the future. More

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