The Legacee Academy


Leadership Foundations Concentration:

The Path to Personal Leadership

"To stand still is to move backwards." -- Ron Shandler

 





The Importance of Leadership




One cannot fish unless one knows how. One cannot lead, without knowing the theory of leadership. It doesn't pay to be an ignorant boss, and ultimately, being a follower isn't much fun either.

 
This is an Image of Ben Franklin. A symbol of the European enlightenment. Franklin was also a successful writer, publisher, entrepreneur, scientist, government sector administrator, politician and diplomat -- a rare individual who was a leader in many different fields and did require on organization to do so.    


About the Leadership Foundations Concentration

Personal leadership assumes that you do not want to use your organizational position, you have little authority, but want to lead. It's for those who want to exert influence during "moments of truth," which occur in normal conversation with another person.

This is a good program for those that wish to move up to being a supervisor or who want to learn the leadership side of project management. 

Major Competencies:

  • Motivation. Let's face it, you cannot get the behavior you want or decrease the behaviors you don't want, without expertise in motivation. You will learn the most important behavioral theory in psychology.
  • Communication. Just because you have two ears, don't mean you know how to listen. Just because you have a mouth, doesn't mean you can communicate. 
  • Influence. Most people inside organizations rely too much on their authority. Big mistake. Find out the types of influence you should develop if you want people to follow you. 
  • Must know Leadership Concepts. Experience teaches us little. You will learn the basics, assess you own skill, know where you are weak and know where you are strong.

If you have completed the Two Courses in the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate, we will substitute: 

  • TOUGH AS NAILS: Enhancing Resilience, Persistence and Mental Toughness    
  • THE METHODS OF MASTERS: How to Quickly Develop New Skills

Upcoming Online Classes in the Leadership Foundations Concentration

    • 12-Nov-2018
    • 30-Dec-2018
    • A Six-Week On-Line Class (Concentration: Leadership Foundations). Ends: Dec. 17.
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    "There are no dead-end jobs. There are only dead-end people." -- Thomas Sowell, writer

    Just as a house cannot stand without a strong foundation, so it is with leadership. To lead, one must study leadership. 

    A common failing of the business schools is to clearly distinguish between the role of manager and leader. Typically, professors teach that leadership is a small subset of management, all you have to do is "mange" people. Ya, sure. .

    It implies that all managers need to do is act like an orchestra director, wave the wand, and beautiful music will come forth. And of course, they assume that people want to be "managed."

    The truth is, people want someone who will lead them, someone they can follow. Instead, they suffer under managers who boss them around and manage them the same way they manage the work.

    Module 1: The Nature of Being a Manager and a Leader


    One of the sources of confusion even in the minds of the business professors, is the difference between functioning as a manager and acting like a leader. Both are critically important roles for those going into business and government. So while there are no lack of educational programs to teach management, there are fewer that focus on leadership.

    Module 2: Choosing the Right Leadership Style

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    A style differs from a trait in a very fundamental way. For while traits are difficult (some say impossible) in the short run to change, the choice of a style should be based on the situation (context). Of course, many leaders lack behavioral flexibility, they cannot change their style based on the situation. For example, autocratic leaders are typically stuck, it is the only style they know so they keep using it even when it doesn't make sense. The style one choose in a crisis is different than the one exercises in times of less stress. Knowing what style to choose and when to choose it is an extremely important aspect of leadership.

    Module 3: The Best Leadership Traits

    Edmund Leighton (1853–1922): Duty

    The focus here is on the focus on Expectancy Theory: how what the leader expects and what the followers expect become dominant factors. The focus in on both the expectations and the nature of the situation. Some aspects of this include: defining goals, clarifying the path, removing obstacles and providing support.

    Module 4: Leadership Skills — What to Develop and How to Development Them

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    The accounting profession has it work, people are not expenses on the income statement, they are really assets on the balance sheet. And assets appreciate or depreciate. If you want an human assets to appreciate, it's all about growing knowledge and skills. This session looks at the skills and knowledge leaders must build.

    Module 5: What Leaders Must Know About Power and Influence

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    For leaders to be effective, they must exert power, they must know how to influence. There are many different types of influence, and it is a smart leader who knows what type of influence to use in what situation. Learn about personal and positional power, selfish and social influence and nine different types of influence that you can cultivate and develop.

    Module 6: Why Followers Follow

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    Leaders don't operate in a vacuum, to understand leaders, you have to focus on followers. They have certain needs that leaders should be aware of, they can even cause a leader to do stupid things. Some followers choose leaders with virtues, others choose those with pathologies. It's important to understand why one is attracted to a certain type of leader since it tells you a great deal about yourself—both your good points and your bad ones. 


    • 12-Nov-2018
    • 30-Dec-2018
    • A Six-Module On-Line Full Class
    Register


    Portrait of Ben Franklin



     



    This is due to the fact that leadership is influence, and we don't influence things, we influence people. And the more you understand about how cognition affects behavior, the better you will understand what you see.



    Module 1: How To Emerge as a Leader


    Edmund Leighton (1853–1922) God Speed


    Assume you have just been given a position with a new title—you are in charge of a group of strangers. The title and the position help, but you still have a challenge, you must emerge as there leader.



    Module 2: What Makes a Group a Group and a Team a Team


    Shea Smith drops back to pass. Image by BrokenSphere


    Another type of leader in demand in today's world is the one you can build teams. A team leader is difficult, much tougher than being a supervisor of a group. However, teams are worth going after since teams out perform groups. And companies that know how to develop teams and their leaders typically out perform those who don't.



    Module 3: Avoiding The Bad Leader


    Stalin, Lenin, Kalinin in 1919. Image by: E rulez


    We tend to focus on the good, but we also need to understand the bad. Bad leadership has two aspects to it: the first is the person who is not effective as a leader, who has little influence or who has to rely almost exclusively on authority. A second dimension is the person who has a great deal of influence who can cause people who can engage in unethical or immoral actions.


    Module 4: Personality Traits 




    Traits are characteristics, patterns of behavior and thinking that are consist over time. They are also strong tendencies to act in a similar way across many different types of situations. For example, an introvert consistently will not say much, while the extrovert is continuously uses the voice. For leaders, traits are valuable in two ways. First, by identifying traits in another, one can predict how that person will act in the future. Secondly, it is reasonable to assume that certain traits associated with the being a leader and others associated with being a follower.


    Module 5: The Psychology of Success


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    Success as a leader begins with understanding what goes on inside. For example, an entrepreneur must possess both management ability and leadership skills if the business is to grow. Learn what the psychologist's have identified some of the common aspects important in success.


    Module 6: Social Psychology — Understanding Organizational Culture


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    Sad to say, one can succeed as a leader in one culture and miserably fail in another. It's important to understand the key organizational and national differences that impact leader influence. Rather than look at all national cultures, the focus is on East and West.


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    • 07-Jan-2019
    • 17-Feb-2019
    • A Six-Module Full Class On-Line
    • 10
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    "When managers and other responsible persons in business organizations are asked how much of the work day is spent in communicating, the replies range from 85 to 99 percent." -- Harold Zelko and Frank Dance (1965)



    This course focuses on six essential leadership communication skills—the kind of skills that lead to increased levels of responsibility and increased pay. 

    After all, one cannot be effective as a leader if one doesn't posses stellar communication skills. 

    And really, you can never get too good at the art of communication.

    Modules include:












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