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Essentials of Leadership


Build a solid foundation for your high-level leadership role by learning what true leaders have in common and how they create an engaged team that follows them passionately. Explore historical and current approaches to leadership in order to identify your strengths and development opportunities. Develop the essential skills that every high-level leader must have!

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Define what all great leaders have in common
  • Describe the difference between management and leadership
  • Identify the critical concepts in historical and current leadership thought
  • Use a powerful mission statement and crucial values to create a winning culture in your organization
  • Avoid common mistakes by developing a fact-based approach to decision making
  • Encourage innovation in your organization
  • Learn the truth about motivation, and use it to create a high-performing organization

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Course Outline/Topics

  1. Leading and Managing
  2. History of Leadership Thought
    1. Great Man/Trait Theory
    2. Frederick Taylor and Scientific Management
    3. Henri Fayol and Administrative Theory
    4. Douglass McGregor – Theory X and Theory Y
    5. Blake and Mouton – The Managerial Grid
    6. Robert Greenleaf and Servant Leadership
    7. Situational Leadership
    8. Case Study
  3. Vision/Mission/Values/Culture
    1. Vision – Desired Future State
    2. Mission – How the Team Will Reach the Vision
    3. Culture and Values
    4. Aspects of Organizational Culture
    5. Critical Organizational Values – Trust and Accountability
  4. Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
    1. Understanding and Management of Ones' Emotions
    2. Understand and Respond to Others' Emotions
  5. Critical Thinking and Decision Making
    1. Critical Thinking/Decision-Making Process
    2. Situation Analysis
    3. Establish Objectives
    4. Develop Strategies
    5. Develop an Action Plan and Tracking Progress
  6. Innovation
    1. Types of Innovation
    2. How to Encourage Innovation
  7. The Truth About Motivation
    1. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    2. Motivators vs. Dis-satisfiers
    3. Behavioral Theory and Consequence Management
    4. Daniel Pink - Drive

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This program can be applied toward the:

Tue.-Wed., Aug. 25-26
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Dave Merges
$845: Register by Tue., Aug. 11
$895: Register on or after Wed., Aug. 12 Discount Available
Enrollment Limit: 30
Program No. 5050-8204
Registration Deadline: Tue., Aug. 25
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Tue.-Wed., Feb. 16-17, 2016
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Dave Merges
$845: Register by Tue., Feb. 2, 2016
$895: Register on or after Wed., Feb. 3, 2016 Discount Available
Enrollment Limit: 30
Program No. 5050-8678
Register Now
For more information, contact:
Jan Allen, Director, Business & Management,, 414-227-3219, 888-947-9947