This leadership skills training programme provides an introduction to the key concepts of leadership with a special focus on social enterprises. It covers both the essential theory and practical skills for successful leadership of teams. Participants are prepared for management and supervisory roles in social businesses and other areas of responsibility.

Training Programme Results

  • Improvement in leadership skills.
  • More focused communication.
  • Ability to match the required leadership style to the situation.
  • Better, more effective use of teamwork.
  • Greater leader role clarification and understanding.
  • Better motivation of staff/team members.
  • Stronger use of project leadership.
  • Better use of team benefits.
  • Greater use of delegation.
  • Ability to lead a performance improvement process.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this programme, participants will develop a clearer perspective of the components and steps necessary for improved performance through effective team leadership.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the roles and functions of a team leader
  • Apply leadership and coaching/support skills
  • Communicate with and relate to team members.

Programme Description/Objectives:

The objective of this programme is to focus on the basic principles of personal and interpersonal leadership that can be used in any life arena but more specifically in social business. We explore variables that affect productivity, effectiveness, efficiency and a variety of interpersonal skill-sets. Emphasis is placed on vision, goals and objectives, motivation, decision-making, time management, power, team building, conflict, ethics, dealing with change, communication skills, and diversity issues. In addition, we explore a variety of other topics including developing a personal leadership style, and organizational politics. Learning methods include lecture, class discussions, videos, oral presentations, and group projects.

The programme includes experiences to enhance the learning of the concepts via individual and group exercises. By the end of the programme, the learner is expected to have increased personal and interpersonal awareness, sharpened their analytical skills, and gained a greater understanding of the complex issues facing today’s leaders.

Programme Topic Areas:

1. Defining Leadership:

Learners will begin to develop a personal definition of leadership and evaluate that definition in light of their current leadership experience and knowledge. The main focus is on three major content areas of leadership:

i. Personal Leadership

ii. Organizational Leadership

iii. Global Leadership

2. Personal Leadership profile:

Learners will start by examining the self in the context of leadership. They will develop a personal profile of their own leadership strengths and talents, which will be assisted through activities such as the Reflected Best Self exercise. Consideration will be given to evaluating leadership styles and skills through the use of the Myers-Briggs Personality test.

3. Leadership in the Context of Community:

Learners begin thinking about their leadership in the context of working with others.

The practical aspects of group development and dynamics are explored.

4. Leadership Theory:

Learners are introduced to leadership theory models, particularly in light of existing leadership experiences and dispositions. The relational leadership model will be used as a frame for understanding leadership. Historical views of leadership are also explored.

5. Leadership Concepts:

The following elements of leadership are given special emphasis throughout the programme:

  • vision,
  • goals,
  • motivation,
  • decision-making,
  • time management,
  • power,
  • team building,
  • conflict,
  • dealing with change,
  • communication skills,
  • ethics,
  • and diversity issues.