The Leadership Challenge Workshop Series

Making a difference in the world is everyone’s opportunity. There are opportunities to restore hope and renew meaning in our lives. Opportunities to rebuild a sense of community and increase understanding among diverse people. Opportunities to apply knowledge to products and services, creating extraordinary value for the customer.

Opportunities to use the tools of technology to weave a web of human connection. Opportunities to find a better balance in our always-on, 24/7/365 lives. Opportunities to provide better direction and support during uncertain times.

More than ever there is a need for people to seize these opportunities and lead us to greatness. More than ever there is a need for leaders to inspire us to dream, to participate, and to persevere.

The Leadership Challenge® Workshop series based on Kouzes and Posner’s extensive research, offers you the chance to take your leadership in your organization to the next level. This workshop series will enable your leadership to take the initiative, to seize the opportunities, and to make a difference.

Leadership is…

  • Everyone’s business
  • A relationship
  • Self-development
  • Learned
  • An ongoing process

Debbie McKinnon will work with your leadership to facilitate a series of 6 one day sessions spread out over a 6 month period. Each session will represent one of the exemplary leadership practices as outlined by Kouses & Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge®.

Each month Debbie will review what has been accomplished and will revisit and customize any changes for the following workshop based on organization focus and/or need. Each month will build upon the previous session completed with reinforcement exercises.

The 1st workshop in the series will be “Orienteering”. This workshop is scheduled to introduce The Leadership Challenge workbook and the LPI assessment of the participant’s leadership behaviors as they are currently practicing them.

The Leadership Challenge Series Module Objectives

Session 1: Orienteering

  • Identify your leadership strengths and opportunities using the LPI.
  • Lay the foundation of what leadership is.
  • Understand the five exemplary practices of leadership as researched by Kouzes and Posner.

Session 2: Modeling the Way

  • Articulate the values that will guide your actions as a leader.
  • Present examples of how you can align your stated values with your everyday leadership behavior.
  • Explain why credibility is the foundation of leadership.
  • Provide a behavioral example of “credible” leadership.

Session 3: Inspiring a Shared Vision

  • Detect and articulate your personal vision for your life and work.
  • Engage others in conversation about your vision of the future for your organization.
  • Show your constituents how their long-term interests can be realized by enlisting in a common vision.
  • Explain what actions you will take to enlist others in a common vision.

Session 4: Challenging the Process

  • In the context of shared vision and values, question the way things are currently being done in your organization.
  • Set up a process for looking for new ideas outside the boundaries of your organization.
  • Apply the concept of “small wins” to one of your leadership initiatives.
  • Create a climate in which people are willing to take risks.
  • State actions you can take to help others learn from mistakes.

Session 5: Enable Others to Act

  • Identify actions leaders take to make people feel powerful and those that make them feel powerless.
  • Describe several actions you can take to strengthen others in your organization.
  • Determine how competent and committed members of your team are in being able to deal with the challenges they now face.
  • Design one new method that promotes collaborative behavior in your organization.
  • Describe actions that hinder and actions that facilitate collaborative behavior.

Session 6: Encourage the Heart

  • Design an event that celebrates the accomplishment of one of your team’s milestones.
  • Create a variety of ways you can say “thank you” to the members of your team.
  • Tell stories that recognize the contributions of others. Describe behavior that needs to be recognized.
  • Given a specific situation, identify the most appropriate way of rewarding and recognizing an individual’s accomplishments.