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Preparing for Leadership: What It Takes to Lead

Unleash Your Leadership Potential and Take Charge of Your Career with Expert Training in Effective Leadership at the American Management Association.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 21 and older
  • Price $2,695

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  • Thu, Apr 25 at 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Fri, Apr 26 at 9:00am - 4:30pm
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What you'll learn in this leadership training:

Preparing for Leadership: What It Takes to Take the Lead

Do you need leadership training to prepare you to take that next step? Learn how to get noticed and selected for a leadership position and develop effective leadership skills required of confident leaders.

This leadership training course is uniquely designed to help leaders-to-be get ready for their new challenges and responsibilities. You'll discover the heart, soul and mind of true leadership. Through role-playing, self-assessment tests and other leadership training scenarios, you'll explore leadership roles as strategist, change agent, coach, manager, communicator, mentor and team member. And you'll learn how to develop your unique leadership style for maximum impact.

Who Should Attend

Any manager who needs leadership training to step into a leadership role or who is about to take on a new leadership assignment

How you will benefit:

  • Understand what a leader is…and is not
  • Project a more dynamic image
  • Discover your own unique leadership style
  • Determine which leadership attributes you already possess
  • Apply lessons learned through leadership training to take on your first leadership position with greater confidence
  • Get noticed by learning how to look and talk like a leader
  • Find out what people expect and respect in a leader
  • Apply lessons learned through leadership training to refine your skills in gaining and using power and influence positively
  • Learn how to motivate a team, including “difficult people”
  • Protect yourself against the pitfalls of intra-organizational politics

What You will cover:

  • Is There a Leader in You?

  • What Do Leaders Talk About?
  • What Is Your Leadership Image?
  • How Can You Build Your Influence and Power?
  • How Can You Develop Key Relationships?
  • How Should You Handle Organizational Politics?
  • How Can You Motivate People?
  • Methods to Approach the First Day, Week, Month and Year of Leadership

What you will cover

Is There a Leader in You?

  • Discuss which qualities senior management looks for in candidates for leadership positions
  • Understand the challenges you will face as a leader

What Do Leaders Talk About?

  • Discover your leadership style
  • Learn to adapt your style to the needs of others

What Is Your Leadership Image?

  • Describe how to project the positive professional image of a leader

How Can You Build Your Influence and Power?

  • Illustrate ways that leaders can build their power and influence

How Can You Develop Key Relationships?

  • Identify the strategic alliances you need to build

How Should You Handle Organizational Politics?

  • Explain strategies for getting others to support your agenda

How Can You Motivate People?

  • Assess the things that really motivate

Methods to Approach the First Day, Week, Month and Year of Leadership

  • Design your strategies for being noticed and selected to be a leader


Learning Objectives

  • Identify Respected Leadership Qualities and Begin to Build Your Authentic Leadership Voice.
  • Gain Insights Into How to Develop and Pursue Your Own Leadership Style.
  • Project a Positive Trusted Professional Image.
  • Identify and Use Your Sources of Power and Influence.
  • Expand Your Networks by Developing Key Relationships.
  • Effectively Participate in Organizational Politics.
  • Motivate Others and Avoid Demoralizing Behaviors with All Types of Team Members.

Who Is the Leader in You?

  • Identify the Qualities and Skills of Effective Leaders.
  • Assess Your Own Proficiency with the Qualities and Skills of Effective Leaders

Leadership Styles and Communication

  • Identify Different Leadership Styles.
  • Assess Your Own Leadership Style. 
  • Identify and Use Effective Communication Patterns.
  • Identify the Types of Subjects Leaders Discuss.
  • Explain the Benefits of Vision, Mission, and Value Statements That Are Followed Throughout the Organization.
  • Create Vision, Mission, and Value Statements.

What Is Your Image as a Leader?

  • Project Executive Presence–A Positive Professional Image of a Leader.
  • List the Factors That Impact Trust.
  • Establish Credibility and Authenticity With Others.
  • Apply Knowledge of Your Own Leadership Skills and Presence to Better Lead Your Own Teams.  

Relationships and Networking–How to Build Power and Influence and Handle Organizational Politics

  • Identify a Leader’s Sources of Power and Influence.
  • Assess Their Own Power and Influence.
  • Expand Their Power Networks by Developing Key Relationships.
  • Describe Ways That Leaders Can Build Their Power and Influence.
  • Differentiate Between Good Politics and Bad Politics.
  • Explain Why Leaders Must Understand and Participate in Organizational Politics.
  • Identify the different Political Organizational Structures That Exist.
  • Identify Strategies for Getting Others to Support Their Agenda. 
  • Effectively Engage with Adversaries.

How You Can Motivate and Mentor Others

  • Identify Ways to Motivate and Engage Your Team.
  • Manage a Coaching Discussion.
  • Differentiate Mentoring from Coaching.
  • Identify What Makes for a Good Mentor and a Positive Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Refund Policy

For Classroom, Live Online, Express Skills Courses and Webinar programs, you may transfer to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel for a 5% fee up to 23 days prior to your program.

If you provide AMA with less than 23 days’ notice, or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire program fee.

Programs included in AMA On Demand offerings are not eligible for substitution, transfer, cancellation, return, or refund. We appreciate that this is an important investment for you and your company and would like to accommodate your needs the best we can.

Please email us at [email protected]

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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