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Management & Executive Development

The Online Program starts with a self-assessment questionnaire. A series of development modules are then delivered automatically at agreed intervals (typically every 7 - 10 days).

The course offers real insight into factors affecting motivation & performance at work. The program can be fully tailored to meet client requirements.

The two-day (optional) introductory workshop is held at the client’s choice of venue.

An online personal development course, with individually tailored content, an optional two-day introductory workshop + other options

How Does it Work?

Participants start by completing a self-assessment questionnaire that explores important aspects of work behaviour and motivation. Following the initial introduction, additional development modules are delivered at agreed intervals, typically every seven days. The modules include a review of current patterns of work behaviour and provide insight relevant to the development activities covered in each module. Organizations have the option to tailor the content to a specific role and context, so the course can enhance preparation (or provide support) to other leadership programmes.

Leadership Skills & Personal Development: Course Overview

Feedback from delegates ~ relating to the two-day workshop:

“Excellent workshop, well delivered, with the content at the right level of detail”                                                 

“A very good course, insightful and practical”


“Great workshop… will help me and my team achieve business goals”

“Purposeful Conversations and Influencing Skills was most useful”

The average rating has been around 4.6 on a 5 point scale.

Module 1

Reviews principles of Feedback and Self Development and describes the process

Module 2

Learning Agility is viewed in the context of Analysis and Problem Solving

Module  3

Skills that turn ideas into action are referenced against the Personal Profile

Module 4

Setting Direction is vital, but requires Self Awareness and Authentic Action

Module 5

Authentic Leadership and steps that build effective influence are explored

Module  6

Decision Making is reviewed with a focus on positioning and delivery

Module  7

Personal Values are profiled in the context of role objectivity and high performance

Module 8

Strengths & Personal Development Plans are reviewed with a focus on follow-up Action

Did you know that the theory of motivation behind many leadership courses is seriously out of date? What really matters are the essential steps that encourage ‘discretionary effort’ and create a sense of shared purpose. This course builds on the latest motivation theory, taking leadership to a new level.

For over 20 years we have profiled leadership potential using advanced psychometrics, Situational Judgment Tests, and Assessment Centres. The Leadership Development Course draws on this experience and provides insight into important Success Factors.

The course highlights your current leadership style and preferences on factors affecting overall performance.* This feedback adds focus to Action Plans and helps increase Self Awareness, improve personal effectiveness, and fast-track your leadership career.

* The questionnaire has been validated against Development Centre ratings

In Summary: Unlock The Essential Steps to Leadership Effectiveness

The Modules increase Self Awareness and can be linked to Practical Leadership Skills Training. The course is suitable for aspiring leaders and front-line and middle managers who want to harness Personal Strengths in themselves and others.  The process is outward-looking, with a strong focus on Problem Solving, Relationship Management and Delivery.

Leadership Effectiveness: What Goes Wrong?

Extensive research into management performance and potential for more senior roles shows that many managers have the intelligence and technical expertise, but later fail to do well. Analysis of leadership competencies often reveals weaknesses in the key areas of Analysis and Problem Solving, Interpersonal Effectiveness, or the Drive and Focus to Deliver Results.

Many managers lack awareness of the steps contributing to high performance. They simply do not grasp the Rules of the Game. Without adequate Self Awareness, organizational leadership effectiveness is weakened - and management derailment becomes a real risk! The Leadership Development Course offers a solution.  The course is based on Blended Learning and backed by the latest research on Authentic Leadership and Commitment. It is both innovative and cost-effective.

Positioning the High Performance Leadership Course

Organizations can support the introduction of the Leadership Development Course by effective planning, preparation and positioning of the process.  We suggest that the senior HR team review their key objectives and consider the inclusion of tailored content, then identify participants - and also discuss follow-up arrangements with the participants’ immediate managers. The final step might involve preparation of specific briefing notes and appropriate support materials.

Participants complete the initial self-assessment

(30 - 35 minutes)

The Course Overview is sent shortly after the self-assessment is completed

Modules 1 - 4 are sent at agreed intervals. These are tailored to the individual by taking account of the self-assessment preferences.

Two Day Introductory Workshop (optional… and can be tailored)

The workshop is available to Organizations and can be tailored to meet specific requirements. A Pre-Course questionnaire also highlights issues relevant to delegates. The Workshop includes review of Module 1 and an introduction to the themes covered in subsequent modules.

Modules 5 - 8 are sent at agreed intervals. These are tailored to the individual.

Face-to-Face or Skype Coaching  (optional)

This support is available to corporate clients at additional cost

Complete the Pario 360° Feedback questionnaire

This is an option for managers who have completed all elements of the leadership course. A full report supports further development.

Follow-up (for Corporate Clients) may include a review meeting with the individual and his/her immediate manager. This might follow-on from the 360 degree feedback meeting.

The Leadership Development Course covers essential ‘building blocks’ that underpin the Self Awareness required for Organizational Leadership at all levels. Practical Leadership Skills can then be developed through recommended follow-up activity. The course can be supported by the Introductory Workshop, additional training, or be linked to coaching sessions. The program is suitable for (i) professional / specialist staff seeking to widen their overall capability, (ii) front line / middle managers and (iii) people aspiring to achieve senior leadership roles. Remember that each module includes tailored content, which highlights the individual’s current work preferences (assessed at the beginning of the course).

This tailored approach helps highlight Strengths and also issues related to the delegate’s current style of working.

Organizations should email to discuss options for tailored solutions that can compliment existing leadership development  or support a different type of intervention.

Course Author: The Leadership Development Course has been developed by David Sharpley, a UK based Chartered Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with large organizations to assess and develop Leadership Talent.  David presented cutting-edge research on organizational leadership and 360 degree feedback at the UK Occupational Psychology Conference in 2006 and 2011 and was a keynote speaker at the 2010 Excellence in Talent Management Conference in Barcelona. He has run MasterClass workshops on Competency Profiling in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok (2011 and 2012). He has published numerous articles relating to leadership effectiveness and high performance at work. His experience of assessing high potential managers, coupled with an in-depth understanding of the latest research relating to learning agility and authentic leadership, gives him unrivalled insight into the Success Factors that contribute to leadership effectiveness  This ‘inside-information’ is now available to you.

The course explores key aspects of work behaviour and motivation, raising awareness of the leadership behaviour that contributes to employee engagement and high performance.  This clear focus helps managers / leaders gain insight into the steps required for leadership in organizations and provides the basis for Personal Development Plans. The course is appropriate for senior professionals & specialists, as well as existing managers, helping raise self awareness and clarify practical leadership skills. The content can also address specific issues relevant to the Client Organization.   

The Leadership Course addresses the problem, highlighted by research, that two-thirds of managers demonstrate significant short-comings and a full 75% are viewed by direct reports as “the most stressful aspect of their job.” Handbook of Industrial & Organizational Psychology, 2010 Vol 3 (Published by the American Psychological Association)

Note: Module 8 summarizes the self-assessment analysis and key points relating to personal development. This ‘report’ provides an overview of the issues explored in previous modules, and also a means of reviewing topics covered earlier in the course.

Developing Leadership Competencies

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