Jumpstart Your Career!
Are you recognized and valued for your contributions? Is your simmering potential being cultivated and leveraged? Enroll in Leadership Discovery and bolster your confidence through transformational self-discovery.
The Leadership Discovery Program is well suited for individual contributors committed to expanding and escalating their careers. In this program you will:
- Focus on self-discovery, cultural awareness, effective communication and leadership education.
- Gain awareness about how your cultural values can be leveraged in today’s global business environment and discovery about how to optimize these values for organizational advancement.
- Learn and apply strategic risk taking in achieving your individual career objective.
Full day sessions take place once a month from March to October at various sponsor company offices in the Greater Puget Sound and Greater Portland area.
Apply Here: EDI Leadership Discovery Application
Program Jumpstart (February)
In an informal interactive form, participants will gain a foundational understanding of the EDI leadership approach, pick up the nuts and bolts of their respective programs, meet the other members of their cohorts and network with participants from all of EDI’s programs. This will allow participants to hit the ground running at kickoff!
Kick-off Session: Two Days (March)
Take a deep dive to answer the questions, “how do my early learnings influence my behavior and how is that behavior perceived by other people?” By answering these questions, participants will explore the perceptions that others may have of them, how those perceptions are caused by one’s behaviors, and discuss how cultural values may influence these behaviors. Participants will also gain awareness of and practice leadership skills in a safe learning environment as they participate in several interpersonal, interactive and hands-on team building exercises. At the end of the two days participants will be assigned a community project to complete during the duration of the program. One of the hardest things a leader can do is lead a volunteer organization as it truly tests their ability to influence without authority.
Personal Branding and Networking for Leadership Success (April)
Your personal brand, or reputation, determines how others perceive your unique value and leadership potential – and perception is reality. Business runs on relationships which are directly impacted by first impressions, personal conduct and behaviors, and interactions with others. To stand out and succeed in today’s work environment, professionals need social savvy and effective communication skills.
Behavior Styles and Emotional Intelligence (May)
Learn about the dynamics of behavior styles and gain an understanding of emotional intelligence. Increase your knowledge about your own natural strengths, preferences and blind spots and gain valuable insights about optimizing your relationships.
Speak to Persuade: When Being Informative is Not Enough (June)
Being a leader requires the ability to speak before groups in ways that will motivate and inspire action. Learn to structure presentations that persuade and influence thinking, establish credibility, project confidence, respond convincingly to questions and establish a dynamic presence before any group.
Navigating Leadership Passages – Getting From Here to There (July)
Learn about the competencies and values needed for effective leadership at different levels of the organization chart, specific lessons from which all leaders must learn and grow, and the most valuable experiences that cultivate management and executive development. Participants will reflect on where they are now and what they would need to do differently to get to their next levels.
Diffusing Interpersonal Conflict Without Injury (August)
Learn the key to managing conflict including constructive negotiating tactics, insights to under- standing others, and awareness of triggering ―hot buttons‖ that can derail your best intentions. Learn proven techniques to effectively manage conflict and champion collaboration and team- work.
Nothing Risked, Nothing Gained (September)
See how calculated risk-taking promotes growth and advancement, personally and professionally. Learn how to be intentional and strategic by assessing situations and possible scenarios (worst, best and likely) keeping in mind your career objectives and values.
Leadership Journey Guiding Lights – Past & Future! (October)
We know that reflection, reinforcement of learning and application is essential for true development to take place (otherwise concepts are interesting but don’t take root). In this last session participants will reflect back on what they’ve learned about leadership and about themselves in ways that are interactive, engaging and appreciative. In addition, participants will look ahead and identify important next steps for themselves to enhance their brand and to sustain their leadership development and success.
Graduation Ceremony is held in November.
We Now accepting applications for the 2015 program. Applications are due by November 30th.