Leadership Skills and Executive Presence:
Group Training to Jump-Start Staff Leadership Qualities and Skills
This extensive range of topics is designed to reinforce the Leadership Skills synonymous with Executive Presence. There are 14 topics offered for Lunch and Learn sessions.
These self-contained modules may be combined for half-day programs.
Content is customized based on your corporate goals, and according to participants’ organizational profiles.
Our facilitation methods incorporate brain-based coaching techniques, developed by the Neuroleadership Institute. We frame self-awareness with neuroscience to increase participant comprehension of how recent brain research impacts leadership behaviors.
When people understand how the brain drives emotions, and even success and failure, they become more committed to discovering their own leadership capabilities – to work smarter.
Lunch and Learn: 14 Sessions
1. Introduction to Neuroleadership
Neuroleadership is the action of integrating the science of the brain with leadership behaviors. Dr. David Rock, the internationally acclaimed leadership coach, coined the term “Neuroleadership.”
When people understand the functions and power of the Executive Brain, or prefrontal cortex (PFC), they develop greater insights into how to effectively manage the emotions and behaviors that impact daily business interactions.
This session examines the powers of the Executive Brain and how it’s linked to more effective leadership through improved self-awareness to:
- Optimize performance, engagement and productivity
- Build healthy relationships
Participants explore 5 specific areas that showcase the value of neuroleadership with strategies for becoming more effective leaders. These 5 areas of focus are:
- Prioritizing and Decision making
- Problem solving
- Staying cool under pressure
- Collaborating with others
- Facilitating change
2. Stress Management and Resilience
In today’s work environment, people are often in a constant state of over-extension. In small doses, stress can help them perform under pressure and act as a motivator. Out of control, it may dilute people’s effectiveness, interfere with their well-being and impact how they interact with people.
This training provides the tools to identify potential sources of stress and how stress can be both avoided and managed. It covers how to deactivate the stress reaction known as the “fight or flight” response, notably in difficult situations.
A vital part of every high-performing team is resilience. This is the ability to:
- Maintain focus under pressure
- Effectively manage through adversity
- Adapt – and bounce back – when things don’t go as planned
Participants cover four key areas:
- The difference between stress and distress
- Signs and symptoms of stress
- Energy management strategies to deactivate stress triggers
- How to boost resilience by reframing situations
3. Introduction to Executive Presence
The NYC-based think-tank, Center for Talent Innovation, published a groundbreaking report on Executive Presence in 2012 stating that although talent and top-level performance are mandatory, “Leadership roles are given to those who also look and act the part.”
This session explores the foundations of Executive Presence to inspire participants to understand the relationships between other people’s perceptions and their own self-awareness – and the impact these factors have on their personal leadership skills development.
4. First Impressions
People are constantly judging others – and being judged. First Impressions are made during that initial call or meeting with a new client or new potential client. People continue to form their impressions over time. Consider, for example, the first time chairing a meeting with co-workers or making a presentation. How did people react?
- How first impressions are created
- How body language can change people’s minds to create a powerful First Impression
- The importance of Body language – our non-verbal messages
5. Body Language
People’s strongest impressions are conveyed visually. Unconscious facial expressions, involuntary movements and body gestures all speak louder than words. Understanding the subtleties and nuances of body language requires training in two essential disciplines, reading signals people send and managing personal non-verbal messaging. Participants receive training in both functions, interpreting body language and controlling their own, to connect, build rapport and strengthen their leadership potential.
6. Personal Branding
Leadership begins with self-awareness. This session guides participants through the introductory process of building a Personal Fine-tuning this Personal Brand requires defining and refining individual leadership strengths. Participants use a step-by-step system to explore vital branding contributors from core values and the first impressions people form, to interactions with people and a personalized unique selling proposition.
7. Media Relations
This leadership skills session prepares senior leaders for media interaction from informal encounters to interviews and high-stakes engagement. This comprehensive training covers:
- Handling media requests for coverage
- Managing personal behavior
- Defining an audience
- Planning and constructing key messages
- Communicating target information
- Bridging techniques to bring an interview back to key messages
Workplace Best Practices
8. Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify both personal emotions – and those of others – and decide on the best course of action. This all happens in a split second.
The intelligence part is what people do with this information to manage and modify their behavior in varying circumstances – to achieve goals. Often called EQ, to emphasize its status and importance – like IQ – Emotional Intelligence both defines and sets superior leaders apart. During this session, participants examine the building blocks of emotional and social intelligence to sharpen their personal emotional awareness. They learn how to:
- Improve self-awareness, resulting in control over actions and emotions
- Understand, perceive and express emotion
- Develop strategies to regulate and control emotions by anticipating triggers
- Motivate people and influence behavior
9. Introduction to Effective Leadership
The essence of this session is to enhance personal performance within the framework of an organization. Leadership Skills comprises over 45-years of Harvard-based leadership-performance research in combination with content developed by West Point Military Academy, and CCI’s specialized Power Coaching.
CCI works with every organization to tailor Course materials from start to finish including: Communications, candidate selection, content implementation.
10. Workplace & Boardroom Savvy
Workplace conduct is defined as the professional behavior that sustains existing corporate culture. During this session, participants cover a range of office environment and boardroom situations to advance their leadership skills including:
- Responsibilities of both chairing and attending meetings
- Creating a positive impression when visiting or receiving clients
- Building and maintaining a good reputation
- Unspoken rules of work
11. Working a Room
Maximizing networking opportunities at formal and informal meetings, is the nucleus of this session. Participants cover a full range of techniques to make connections and build relationships including:
- Making an entrance
- Mastering the art of introduction
- Successful mingling and small talk
- Remembering names
- Handling food and drinks
- Advance preparation and final follow-up pointers
12. Dining: Hosting and Attending Business Meals
The ability and confidence to dine anywhere, with anyone, is vital in today’s corporate world where every business meal represents an opportunity for relationship building.
This session is designed to develop participants’ poise and confidence during every dining occasion, whether host or guest. Essential table manners, including toasting are covered, along with the challenges of common dining mistakes and settling the check.
13. 10 Key Elements of Business Dress
In today’s fiercely competitive business environment Professional Appearance is critical. Although sometimes perceived as less influential than other indicators of leadership, a Professional Appearance is often the price of entry. When someone looks the part, an invitation to join is more likely. Once invited, consistently looking and acting the part is compulsory. Participants learn to manage and improve their Professional Appearance through training to heighten a sense of self-awareness. Aspiring leaders at every organization level discover how to maintain a personal sense of style that’s compatible with a persistently professional appearance.
14. Update and Contemporize Your Look with Makeup Tips of the Trade
Presenting a polished, finished, professional look is essential to career success. The session features the Dos and Don’ts of makeup in the corporate world.
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These highly interactive sessions encourage participant involvement to develop and stimulate new ways of communicating with confidence. Using proven adult education procedures participants practice, discuss and reflect on their learning experience. In this safe environment, they complete a self-assessment and set personal goals for continuing development.
We train and coach participants to look and act appropriately, professionally and confidently while projecting themselves with poise in every situation.
The depth and breadth of our expertise, credentials and experience is second to none. Our services are in demand with professionals at every level and across all industries from sales professionals, management and administrative teams to senior leaders, C-Suite executives and politicians.