Are leaders born, or made, or both? One major goal of this program is to explore participants’ conceptions of what makes a good leader. Together, we will build a common understanding of the qualities that excellent leaders possess, as well as of the sources of their leadership in various personal and professional experiences.

Another major goal of this program is to address some of the competencies participants need to be effective at work. As managers, they have to build strong professional relationships based on mutual respect and caring. So, we will discuss issues relating to the people around them (bosses, peers, employees) and how they can deal effectively with difficult individuals and challenging situations.

This program is designed around the further development of leadership capabilities. Leadership is a concept that is many things to many people; it may be the most studied, yet least understood concept in business. In fact, leadership is not a position at the top, nor is it reserved for only a few. Most managers are capable of developing themselves as leaders but this can be done only through self-awareness or a deep understanding of oneself.

This is why we have asked participants to write their own case as a leader (see the example of the note that will be sent to participants before the training at the end of the document). Those who volunteer will share their cases with the group.

We will also address the key personal experiences that have made participants into better leaders. Key individuals that made the most lasting impact (positive as well as negative) on them as managers will also be a topic of analysis and discussion. We will also build an understanding of the personal factors that can derail a high potential individual on his way to success.

Teaching approach

The teaching approach is interactive and practical. Participants are offered occasions to confront concrete management situations and are exposed to management practices with which they can identify. They are encouraged to reflect upon their own paths as leaders, through discussions of various cases and exercises. As such, this activity does not aim to teach a mastery of techniques, tools or recipes that claim to be universally applicable. Participants are invited instead to learn from practice (their own and that of others) and to think about their own approaches and ways of leading and managing within the context of their own environment.

Teaching material

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