Penfield
 
 

Executive Leadership

Customized programs tailored to private, public, government, and nonprofit organizations, who’ve identified high potential leadership candidates in need of a compact, focused, and results driven program of fostering leadership skills for now and tomorrow.

Format:

Our standard format provides three one-week modules over a three-month period delivered at your organization or one of Mercer’s multiple locations around Georgia. We can customize this program to fit your schedule and demands.

Faculty:

This program is taught by several highly qualified faculty members from our university who deliver this curriculum to achieve the outcomes noted above. All faculty qualifications and experience are documented and available for your review.

Our current Leadership partners include the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Module One:  Leadership Development

Purpose

Identifies leadership traits required to create and maintain high performance levels examined from an individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational point of view. Participants will better understand their own leadership style, and develop a personal leadership development plan.

Module Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to read, write about, discuss, and understand issues of organizational leadership.        
  • The definition of leadership; and the differences between managing and leading.
  • The principal contingency models of leadership; and the situational factors, which establish a leader’s effectiveness.
  • The personal characteristics associated with effective leaders.
  • The overall effectiveness of transactional and transformational leaders and their impact upon their followers and the organization.
  • The development of effective leaders and a self-leadership culture within an organization.
  • The ethical responsibility of leadership.

Required Materials:

Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2007). The leadership challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0-7879-8491-5

Topics:

  • The nature, history, and tasks of leadership.
  • Situational leadership and case studies.
  • Components of a personal leadership development plan.
  • Identifying and understanding the personality traits of a leader and its influences on leadership.
  • Transactional and transformational leadership.
  • Ethics and leadership.
  • Overview of the five exemplary practices of leadership.
  • Exemplary practices of leadership: Modeling the Way

Module Two: Communication for Effective Leadership

Purpose

To emphasize the interpersonal and leadership relationships, including effective communications within the organization. Participants will examine these from an individual, interpersonal, group and organizational point of view. Participants will also better understand their own communication style, and develop an action plan to enhance organizational communication.

Module Objectives

  • The participants will demonstrate the ability to read, write about, discuss, and understand issues of effective leadership communication and conflict resolution in an organization.
  • Demonstrate listening techniques and habits.
  • Understand the various types of nonverbal communication.
  • Understand barriers to effective communication.
  • Understand the theories of conflict management and resolution.
  • Understand productive and non-productive conflict management styles.
  • Understand the difference between passive-aggressive-and assertive styles.
  • Apply the skills taught for conflict management and resolution.
  • Recognize barriers to relationships in conflict.

Required Materials:

Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2007). The leadership challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0-7879-8491-5

Topics:

  • Communication dynamics
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Verbal communication
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • Exemplary practices of leadership: Challenging the Process and Inspiring a Shared Vision

Module Three: Leadership and Human Behavior in Organizations

Purpose

The purpose is to understand individual and group behavior in organizations through interpersonal and leadership relationships. In addition, participants will examine the dynamics of motivation and its impact on performance within a culture. 

Module Objectives

  • To demonstrate the ability to read, write about, discuss, and understand issues of leadership and human behavior in organizations.
  • Understanding how organizational behavior affects leaders and organizational performance.
  • Identifying models of organizational behavior and the effect on personal and organizational performance.
  • Understanding the nature, operations, and impact of social systems (culture) within organizations.
  • Examining the various motivational theories and models to appropriately influence human behavior and organizational effectiveness.
  • The nature of attitudes and their impact on job satisfaction.
  • The importance of informal and formal groups within organizations.
  • The life cycle of a team, ingredients of effective teams and potential challenges to team effectiveness.
  • Determining how various leadership actions may reduce stress within organizations that lead to more effective performance levels.

Required Materials:

Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2007). The leadership challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0-7879-8491-5

Topics:

  • Leadership in the global workplace
  • The process of culture in organizations
  • Theories of motivation and leadership
  • Factors that influence human motivation and performance
  • Application and synthesis of culture, motivation and leadership to increase employee performance within an organization
  • Exemplary practices of leadership: Enabling Others to Act and Encouraging the Heart

For more information about registering your organization with Mercer to solidify your succession plans, please contact:

Coordinator
Dr. Lynn Clemons 

(678) 547-6486