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Serving in a leadership role is a monumental task that requires mastering skills in as many as 24 different areas. Leadership requires a person to be a great communicator, a strategic thinker and planner, a visionary, a fair "judge", an encourager, a pioneer, an organizer, a coach or mentor, a driver of results, an agent of change, a champion of diversity and inclusion, a neutralizer of conflict, a relationship builder, a curator of creative ideas, and a host of other roles that are numerous enough to overwhelm even the most conscientious leader. 

New leaders are often flattered by the promotion, additional pay, and increased empowerment, but they have also expressed anxiety over how they will actually pull the whole thing off. In companies where training and development are not high on the priority list for preparing leaders, new leaders will suffer great losses because of the big and frequent mistakes they will make along the way. Many of those occasions for mistakes can be minimized if an apt training program were in place.

This topic not only addresses common mistakes of novice leaders, but it teaches them how to avoid them. This session is important for anyone in a leadership role because it addresses the basics of leadership. It is an essential "Leadership 101" overview.

No matter how many years a person has been leading, if they have not had the benefit of an effective and ongoing training program, they’ve likely managed to pick up some damaging habits along the way. Habits that have hindered their ability to be as successful a leader as they could. As a result, they may be stuck in one position without further opportunity for advancement. This is a disservice and an unfair consequence of not being given the proper tools to grow.

The shortcomings ring through rather than the refined skills of a sharp and productive leader. Consequently, the very company that has not provided a leader with the training they need to succeed is the same company that will prevent them from moving forward.

In this session, leaders can learn the foundational competencies that lead to high productivity and continued skill-building. Participants will walk away with useful next steps and develop themselves as potent leaders. This session is a must for any leader level because getting back to the basics may be just what the role needs.

Why you should Attend

When a vacancy becomes available due to someone getting promoted, fired or leaving of their own accord, the person chosen to fill that vacancy is faced with a huge responsibility. New leaders are often promoted into a role of manager or supervisor and expected to be great at doing their own job while making sure anyone reporting to them is doing their job well too. It's not unusual to have the person who's been on the job the longest to be the next natural fit for the position of leader. They are chosen because they have the technical skills to do the job. 

But where the hiring manager may miss the mark is in whether the person has the skills to build relationships. Managing tasks is one thing, but leading people is a dog of a different breed. Without the appropriate guidance and training to know the varied roles a leader must play in growing talent, increasing productivity, and building relationships, the new manager or supervisor will struggle. Though this topic would benefit new manager's best, seasoned leaders could gain additional insight as well.

Sometimes the longer a person has been on the job; the least likely they are to return to the fundamentals of what makes their position successful. Old habits have been formed and are difficult to break. In a world that is ever-changing in the way companies do business, leaders can't lose sight of the fact that at the end of the day, employee satisfaction is what lives at the core of the business.

If employees are not treated in the way they want to be treated, leaders can lose their valuable talent to the competition. This session addresses the fundamentals of leadership and focuses on turning managers into leaders.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Distinguishing between management and leadership
  • Identifying the varied skills every leader should master
  • Defining a leader's personal brand

Who Will Benefit

  • New leaders and those new to the role of leader (i.e. team leads, supervisors, middle managers)
  • This topic is also beneficial to seasoned leaders who may want or need a refresher on the fundamentals of leadership

Speaker Profile

Betty Parker is a business owner, professional speaker, author, and trainer. She is a communications expert with more than 30 years’ experience presenting to audiences including work in radio after earning a degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University (LSU). Betty began her career as sales professional and trainer in 1998 in the biotech industry. She started Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training and development company, in 2006.

Betty has educated thousands of leaders and staff across the country in a variety of performance areas. As a leadership consultant, she specializes in the following topics: communications, teamwork, diversity and inclusion, conflict management, coaching and mentoring, and strategic planning. She is an often sought out speaker for conferences and events. She is at work on her next book, Crushing Goliath: Winning Practices in Slaying BIG People Problems. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development, a Certified Professional Coach, and an Authorized Partner with Wiley Publishing, the makers of Everything DiSC products. She is also a wife, mom and avid football fan.