L@11 is comprised of three main sessions, offered via two tracks. The Executive Track is for current Executives looking to deepen and strengthen their leadership skill set. The Emerging Leader Track is tailored towards current leaders, those new to leadership and those wanting to become a leader.
- Leading Yourself (Session One)
- Leading Others (Session Two)
- Leading the Organization (Session Three)
To effectively lead others, you must first understand yourself, your preferences, tendencies, and your emotional intelligence. You must also know what others think of your leadership style – what they would like to see more of, and less of, to improve your performance as a leader.
The program focuses on vertical development, the stages through which we improve, as opposed to just horizontal development, or competencies. It will help you own your development; to get out of the passenger seat and into the driver’s seat of your career.
As part of the program, you will receive personality inventory assessments, as well as participate in a comprehensive 360 feedback exercise. An executive coach will help you understand the results of these assessments, what they say about your leadership style, and will help you craft a personalize individual development plan.
Once we have established a foundation of knowledge about ourselves, and applied that knowledge in the real world, we are ready to become a better leaders of others. Leading not managing, yet there are specific management skills that are necessary to become high-performing leaders, such as delivering effective and timely feedback, turning discord into productive conflict, and remaining inclusive.
The program includes applicable methods and new techniques to improve your ability to lead multi-dimensional teams, inspiring commitment and motivating others. We’ll also continue our focus on the credit union industry by sharing ways to constructively critique strategy and analyze data.
Finally, you’ll learn effective ways to mentor and coach others, culminating in the building of an Individual Development plan for one or more of your employees.
Leading the Organization
Effective leaders are also fluent in their industry’s mechanics. In other words, you need to deeply understand what makes credit unions unique and have multi-dimensional perspectives on your business. We even focus on issues like functional management, vendor management, and the management of the Board of Directors.
In addition, you’ll learn how to focus energy on changing the business for the better. How to be action-oriented and decisive, recognizing and accepting the appropriate risks, and how to think systematically and strategically. You’ll focus on change management – both in identifying the need and sparking change, as well as leading the change in a way that inspires commitment from the organization. We’ll also focus on setting effective strategy, establishing vision and goals, and we’ll introduce a helpful tool call the strategy map.
Finally, and critically, you’ll understand the need for establishing a leadership pipeline inside your organization. A systematic approach to continual development of your talent that will help your credit union thrive in this volatile business environment.