Leadership Series: Owning Your Leadership

Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born

What makes outstanding leaders successful? As work becomes increasingly collaborative, the best leaders are those who can effectively inspire and lead a diverse workforce. Managing teams that produce brilliant work takes skill, such as creating connections with others, setting a positive tone, being self-aware, and knowing how to collaborate and build strategic relationships and networks.

Learn Essential Skills

  • Learn techniques for developing leadership self-awareness in yourself and others
  • Create an action plan that taps the power of high-quality work relationships
  • Distinguish yourself as a leader with strategies that reduce collaborative overload

Who Should Attend

  • Managers looking to grow their leadership skills and make a bigger impact at work
  • Executives who lead diverse teams in organizations that are dynamic and complex
  • Leadership development professionals who are charged with talent management

Program Details

Self-awareness is one of the most essential interpersonal skills for effective leadership, even more important than IQ. Most workplaces, however, are not set up to help leaders practice and develop self-awareness.

Do you want to create stronger, more strategic work relationships? In today’s increasingly diverse and multigenerational workforce, the ability to build relationships requires empathy and relational skills more than ever.

Individuals get work done by collaborating within networks of people day to day. Most leaders, however, have only a vague idea of who is in their network and don’t know how to effectively manage the network to boost their success.

What Will You Learn?

Gain the tools, strategies, and confidence you need to take control of your leadership style. During the program, you will approach your personal leadership performance from multiple angles. In the process, you will learn how to assess and address your self-awareness, and how to build strategic relationships and networks.

Key takeaways from the series include:

  • How to develop self-awareness and mentoring capabilities in yourself and in others
  • Common stumbling blocks that inhibit self-awareness and how they can be overcome
  • Techniques for building a developmental workplace culture and high-quality relationships
  • How leaders develop mentoring capabilities in themselves and others
  • How to influence without authority and effectively use your network to generate trust, purpose, and energy at work

Who Should Enroll?

This series is designed for individuals who work in dynamic organizations and want to grow their leadership skills. Program topics are focused toward managers, leaders, and executives in supervisory roles, as well as leadership development professionals such as executive coaches, consultants, and HR professionals.

Meet Your Faculty Director

Rob Cross

Associate Professor of Management Rob Cross studies business networks. For almost 20 years, his research, teaching, and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis to critical business issues driving bottom-line results. Through his research consortia, Connected Commons, Cross has worked with more than 300 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations across industries to improve innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness, and talent management. He also is the co-author of “Collaboration Without Burnout,” recently published in Harvard Business Review.

Wendy Murphy

Associate Professor of Management Wendy Murphy’s primary teaching focus is organizational behavior and talent management. Her research focuses on mentoring and developmental networks, and identity. Murphy is interested in how positive relationships across the work-life interface contribute to career success. She has taught organizational behavior and talent management in the undergraduate school, graduate school, and Babson Executive Education. Murphy also is the co-author of the book, Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life.

Scott Taylor

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior Scott Taylor’s primary research focus is leader assessment and development. He enjoys studying the various methods organizations use to assess and develop their leaders, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods, and developing new methods and technologies to improve leader assessment and development. Taylor has taught in Babson Executive Education custom programs for organizations that include EMC, FLIR Systems, MCAA, MilliporeSigma, National Football League, Siemens, and Veolia.

Accommodations/Registration Details

Cost includes program materials and meals at the award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center.

The series is offered as a comprehensive three-day program. Participants also are welcome to register for individual one-day sessions. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

To preserve the collegiality and intimacy of the experience, each session has a limited number of participants. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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