Next Level Leadership Session Descriptions

Session 1:Overview, Assessment & Emotional Intelligence
At this first session, we will provide participants an overview of the program including the team capstone project. We’ll discuss the 4 Pillars of an Effective Leader, review the self-assessment, and talk about your goals for the group and the program. We will also get started on understanding the 5 Components of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)and why EQ is important in successful leadership.  Small-Group Breakout: Getting to know one another.  

Session 2: Emotional Intelligence
This session will include a discussion of the difference between Emotional Intelligence (EQ) &  Intelligence (IQ), including the 6 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People.  During the small group break-out session, participants will discuss areas they could improve on to become more emotionally intelligent and steps to accomplish a stronger EQ in everyday life.

Session 3: Communication Skills (DISC)
During this session, we will review the four main personality types and the “pros & cons” of each. We will explore how understanding the interpersonal dynamics of the personality types can help you become a better communicator and leader.  We will also discuss the Team Capstone Projects,  and participants will be assigned to a team.

Session 4: Guest Speaker (College Leader) – Having Difficult Conversations & Negotiation Skills
Our guest speaker will share his/her experiences with negotiating with different constituencies, as well as difficult conversations that they’ve had. They will share what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned from these experiences.   

Session 4b: Having Difficult Conversations & Negotiation Skills
Following the speaker’s presentation, participants will share what they learned and discuss different approaches and styles of negotiation.  

Session 5: Guest Speaker (College Leader) – Leading from Behind & Becoming a Person of Influence
Our guest speaker will talk about how opportunities to lead and to influence aren’t dependent upon having a formal title or even a team to lead. She will share her experiences with “leading from behind.”

Session 5b: Becoming a Person of Influence @ Work
Following the speaker’s presentation, we’ll have an open forum where participants will share what resonated with them.   We will continue to discuss the characteristics a person of influence possesses as well as explore the 3 Types of Co-Active Leaders.

Session 6: Motivating & Influencing Others…Even When You Don’t Have a Team
During this session, we will explore closed vs open loops and the importance of being organized and reliable. We will review the 3 essential elements to being a person of influence, explain managing your energy vs managing your time, and discuss Six Principles of Influence by Robert Cialdini.

Session 7: Mindset – Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself
This session will help participants discover how they get in the way of their own success and what they need to “unlearn” in order to move forward.  Using Dr. Joe Dispensa’s book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, the group will take a “deep dive” into how individuals develop habits and patterns of being that hold them back, and how to get out of their own way long enough so new (more positive) patterns and ways of thinking can set in. During the team breakouts, teams will begin to finalize their capstone project.

Session 8: Guest Speaker (College Leader) – Diversity & Inclusion Matters
This session will begin with a panel discussion on Diversity & Inclusion, the issues, the challenges, and the individual steps people can take to ensure they incorporate the tenants of diversity & inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

Session 8b: Diversity & Inclusion Matters
Following the presentation, we’ll have an open forum where participants will share what resonated with them. We will also build on the points the speakers made. During the team breakout, teams will start putting their presentations together.

Session 9: How to Overachieve w/o Over Committing - Unlocking the Leader Within
During this session, we’ll explore how to implement what we’ve learned without burning ourselves out in the process. We’ll discuss Jim Murphy’s “Three Great Adversaries,” to developing a mindset that will allow you to achieve your true potential. During the small group breakout, each participant will share an area in which he/she feels they may be overcommitting and what they can do to make changes.   During the team breakout sessions, teams will continue working on their projects and putting the presentation together.

Session 10: Guest Speaker (College Leader) – Leadership Lessons: Financial Documents & Data Analysis 
This session’s speaker will discuss the importance of understanding and being fluent in financial documents, budgeting, resource allocation, and data analysis.

Session 10b: Leadership Lessons: Financial Documents & Data Analysis
Following the speaker’s presentation, we’ll have an open forum and build on the points the speaker made. During the team breakout, teams will continue working on the project and putting their presentations together.

Session 11: Guest Speaker (College Leader) – Importance of Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Today's College Leader
This session’s speaker will discuss developing your critical thinking and problem-solving skills with a discussion on why these skills are essential for today's community college leader.

Session 11b: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Following the speaker’s presentation, we’ll have an open forum and we will also build on the points the speaker made. During the team breakout, teams will continue working on the project and putting their presentations together.

Session 12: Presentation of Cohort Project
Teams will deliver their presentations. Teams will also determine who will present at the AFC Annual Meeting in November.