Informal leadership exists at all levels in organizations, and often, it is an individual contributor whose expertise or input is sought out by others who is identified as a “lead” in their group. These individuals utilize tools available to them to motivate by example, manage team dynamics, and occasionally step in to help settle disputes among team members.
Typically, these emerging leaders possess expertise in their area; are trusted and respected by formal leadership; and desire to actively contribute to company goals. These individuals may also be high on the list for consideration for formal leadership positions, and their “lead” role is looked at as a steppingstone to that formal position.
Cultivate leadership from within your organization
If your organization cultivates emerging leaders; elevates individual contributors who have demonstrated leadership characteristics to more responsible roles; or leans on informal leaders in their groups as a way of compensating for skill gaps, this leadership program designed specifically for emerging leaders can provide those people with the interpersonal and interactive skills they need to be successful.
Early-career leaders who are not provided with the support and development they need to be successful may consider leaving your organization. Losing those potential leaders can both strain the organization due to turnover, and also prevent the organization from being able to grow the formal leaders of the future. Placing higher expectations on potential leaders without having a strategy to provide the skills they need could result in losing the employees you most want to retain.
Participants will learn about:
- Their unique role in an organization, informal leadership, and opportunities and limitations
- The challenges of an emerging leader, understanding their impact on others, and gaining respect
- Influencing and motivating others to give their best
- Encouraging teamwork and collaboration
- Managing conflict and disagreements with others and helping others to be more effective in situations where disagreements occur
This course is ideal for new or existing employees in an informal leadership role who formerly functioned as an individual contributor. Participants do not have performance management accountability, but utilize a variety of communication and influencing approaches to perform their job.
Schedule and registration
This six-session course will be held:
October 14 through November 18
8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
This in-person, instructor-led course will be held at Penn State Schuylkill. The investment $1,495 per participant. Register now for this Emerging Leadership Program >
Session content and objectives
Session 1: The Role of the Emergent Leader
- Explain the differences between the leadership role, leadership position, and leadership behaviors so that they may make informed choices about whether to fulfill the role or not.
- Reflect on their own abilities as they relate to what is needed in their role and plan to build additional capabilities.
Session 2: The Challenges of Leadership
- Developing courage to step up and step out of the group and choosing to lead
- Understanding your impact on others; gaining respect and demonstrating integrity
- Demonstrating professionalism and ethical treatment of others in all interactions
- Effectively dealing with pressure to perform and ensuring your own self-care
Session 3: Team Leadership: Performance and Relationships
- What makes a group a team and how the leader can influence each
- Encouraging collaboration among team members without constant leader direction
- How to empower your team and get them more engaged day to day
Session 4: Influencing Others: Communication and Motivation
- Improve communication skills to reflect improved professionalism, getting your point across clearly without negative outcomes
- Learn how to communicate verbally and non-verbally with team members that motivates them to give their best
- Listening to your team; encouraging and gathering their input even when their input is difficult to hear
Session 5: Team Facilitation: Roles, Goals and Ground Rules
- The role of the team leader as facilitator, not a boss
- How team goals encourage positive performance and interaction, involving your team in setting goals
- How to engage your team in setting ground rules for interacting so that they stay focused on performance
- Encouraging positive and respectful interactions, setting the tone of the team
Session 6: Managing Disagreements and Conflict
- Identify the underlying sources of disagreements and apply appropriate strategies to manage them
- Capture the positive outcomes of potential disagreements by understanding the dynamics of differences
- Manage your own emotions and deal more effectively with other’s responses when disagreements occur