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A Toolkit for  21st Century Leaders -  The Roanoke Higher Education Center - Roanoke, Virginia

Orientation and Creating an Inclusive Workplace
August 17, 2017
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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

A workshop will follow emphasizing 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.

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Adaptive Leadership
September 21, 2017
9 am - 4:00 pm

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
October 26, 2017
9 am - 4 pm

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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Emotional Intelligence (with assessment)
November 9, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

Language for Leaders
January 11, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

Ethical Leadership
February 8, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace
March 8, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This unconventional day is full of relevant ways to re-frame the way you approach challenges in your workday. This class will explore creative best practices from a variety of fields (e.g., management, sociology, theatre, etc.) and demonstrates ways to apply them to workplace situations. (P.S. It may be the most fun you’ve ever had in training!)

Capstone Lunch and Presentation
March 29, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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