Leadership Academy - Virginia Tech - Roanoke Higher Education Center - A professional development certrificate program
Leadership Academy - Virginia Tech - Roanoke Higher Education Center - A professional development certrificate program



About the Classes

In order to receive a certificate of participation, participants must attend all seven classes and four coaching sessions.

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Orientation and Creating an Inclusive Workplace

The day will begin with introductions and a program overview to clearly explain the program elements and expectations.

A workshop that will follow emphasizes how diverse backgrounds and skill levels improve problem solving and encourage growth and change. Creating an inclusive environment relieves workplace stress and increases productivity from people at all levels. Discover ways to build a welcoming environment.

"This course opened my eyes to new perspectives."
-2019 Course Graduate

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Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive leadership is a unique combination of skills, perspective and guided effort that enable true excellence. The adaptive leadership skills can take a leader at any level to places others cannot go. This class offers strategies and tools to enable you to build agility, resiliency and comfort with change. Pre-work assigned.

Making Smart Decisions in the Digital Age

Great leaders understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers and their organizations. Making good decisions in difficult situations is no small feat because these types of decisions involve change, uncertainty, stress and sometimes the unfavorable reactions of others. This course introduces approaches to decision-making and provides opportunities to apply them effectively. Learn how to better evaluate decision alternatives and communicate your decisions more effectively. Pre-work assigned.

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Language for Leaders

Clear communication is the key to a business leader’s success. This class equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to return to their teams committed to implementing change. Emphasis is placed on social capital, listening, networking, and clear communication.

Emotional Intelligence (with assessment)

Emotional intelligence is a set of skills that capture an awareness of our own emotions and the emotions of others. In this class you will learn how to use this awareness to manage ourselves effectively and form quality relationships. High degrees of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) result in higher effectiveness, productivity and job satisfaction. Included in the class is a professional EQ assessment (EQ-i 2.0®) for individualized feedback on your EQ. Pre-work assigned.

Ethical Leadership

This workshop offers an opportunity to identify and think through the challenges of ethical living and leading. Exercises focus on examining the “invisible” challenges present in all workplaces and will assist you in making smart decisions that align with the core values of the organization. Pre-work assigned.

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Design Thinking

Creativity is reflected in everything we see that is manmade. Both in design and function, manmade items exist only because of creativity. Creativity allows individuals to solve problems, to create new products, to improve on old products and to increase efficiency. Contrary to popular belief, creativity is not only about aesthetics – it is the heart that drives the economy! Creativity is truly the lubricant that keeps the wheels of economic and commercial progress rolling. However, creativity is not just about problem solving, product development and improving efficiency; it is also an essential ingredient of strong leadership. Without creative thinking skills, leaders lack the ability to provide vision, to inspire teams and to act in dynamic and unique ways to carry organizations to even higher levels. The belief that creativity plays a vital role in both human life and in business life and that creativity has a distinct DNA that leaders can embrace and reinforce in the workplace in order to unleash the power of creativity as a driving force of an organization’s culture serves as the foundation upon which this academy will rest.

One-on-One Professional Coaching Sessions

As part of your Leadership Academy registration, you will receive four one-on-one coaching sessions with a certified professional coach.

The coaches will work in partnership with you to provide structure, guidance and support, customizing your professional development to attain your specific goals. This invaluable component of Leadership Academy is key to leveraging your leadership learning. Your coach will evaluate your progress and support your success.

"This course provides tools that can be used through practical application to enhance existing leadership or develop up-and-coming leaders in an organization."
-2019 Course Graduate

Capstone Lunch and Presentation

This wrap-up event is designed for participants to reflect on their experiences throughout the program and share their lessons learned. There will also be time for socializing and networking.

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