Sample Leadership Training Programs

The Center for Executive Development offers front line level courses for professionals to develop their skills in key areas. Below is a sample of our Front Line Leadership offerings.


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Coaching and Mentoring

  • Learn techniques for future-focused feedback.
  • Define and differentiate coaching and mentoring.
  • Identify key reasons why employees might not get their job completed and how coaching and mentoring impacts employee engagement.
  • Identify why managers avoid coaching and mentoring.
  • Identify the benefits of coaching and mentoring.
  • Discuss how to conduct effective coaching and mentoring sessions.
  • Develop coaching and mentoring skills through role play.

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Financial Acumen

  • Examine the organization’s annual and quarterly financial statements using key financial ratios with comparisons to peer firms.
  • Evaluate the financial performance of a representative firm using customer case studies.
  • Determine the impact of inventory and accounts receivable management on maximizing returns on investment using case studies.
  • Develop an understanding of the contribution margin principle and its use in the organization’s project analysis.
  • Determine optimal investment decisions using case studies and capital replacement decision models.
  • Discuss mergers and acquisition criteria, and evaluate a proposed peer acquisition.

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Financial Acumen II

  • Review the financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows and how they are used in assessing financial strength.
  • Using case studies, evaluate the financial performance of representative firms.
  • Discuss basic cost accounting measures used in determining break-even and profitability.
  • Develop an understanding of the contribution margin and its use in project analysis.
  • Identify the components of capital budgeting, including the time value of money and how to solve capital replacement problems.

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Managerial Leadership

  • Define the functions of a manager.
  • Identify the various managerial roles and skills needed to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in organizations today.
  • Identify and discuss the organization’s competencies required for various leadership levels within the organization.
  • Define culture and the culture of company.
  • Identify stages of the change process and how to help employees work through those steps of change and transition.

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Strategic Leadership

  • Identify and use the six characteristics of a strategic leader.
  • Establish a vision for an organization or sub-unit.
  • Manage resources effectively, especially human capital and social capital, in an ethical manner.
  • Define the strategic management process and the role the process plays in organizational success.
  • Analyze external environment and internal organization.
  • Select strategies an organization or subunit can use to reach its vision.

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Team Building

  • Identify team considerations/goals critical to project management.
  • Develop knowledge of specific components of project planning, organization, leadership strategies and monitoring work behavior (class simulation).
  • Define and discuss the “twenty minute planning vs. the twenty second decision” paradox.
  • List best practices for turning a work group into a strategic team.
  • Gain additional understanding of the importance of open communication skills and trust (Exercise International).