Women offer unique skills and values in the workplace that create success in any organization. Having diverse organizational leadership increases innovation, creative thinking, and well-rounded decision-making.
To help organizations and individuals capitalize on developing women leaders, the certificate focuses on:
This program provides an opportunity for mid-level managers to develop the necessary business acumen and leadership skills, and to learn with a select group of leaders from across the region. It is facilitated by Xavier Leadership Center’s nationally recognized and experienced practitioners. These subject matter experts integrate knowledge with practical application to real issues and opportunities.
The program is multi-layered and highly interactive. The layers include:
Participants will complete an assessment as pre-work. The assessment will be referenced and discussed throughout Leadership program and periodically throughout the program. You will have the opportunity to elevate your leadership effectiveness by understanding how others see you as a leader and to learn strategies to become a more effective leader.
The program will begin in an online/live virtual format until a time when we can resume in person.
Sep 15-Jun 16, 2022 (8:30am-5pm)
Click here to download a PDF program brochure including an overview, benefits, facilitator information and other program details.
Team building is important in deepening relationships within the leadership cohort. The Immersion Experience allows the group to get to know each other, sets the stage for the program, and through a fun event allows participants to begin to recognize strengths and leadership skills.
Personal Authentic Leadership
This program begins with a personal assessment of your innate combination of thinking and behavioral preferences that make you unique. This knowledge will allow you to understand the leadership styles that fit with who you are and how you are most valuable to your team and the organization. You will also develop an understanding of the key considerations that determine which leadership approaches will be most effective to accomplish your goals. Upon completion, you will create your own plan for applying insights from this transformative journey to becoming a more effective leader in your organization.
American business was designed centuries ago. Women are now fully participating in the workplace, yet only 5% of CEO’s are women. Something is clearly still wrong for women at work. By mastering the unwritten rules and learning to negotiate, you will have new tools to help you be your successful best. You will leave with a number of concrete actions you can use immediately.
Finance for Leaders
As a leader, no matter what area of the organization in which you work, decisions need to be made with an understanding of the financial impact to the company. Finance for Leaders helps builds confidence in understand finance, the language of business, so you can speak with your peers using the correct terms, concepts and appropriate foundational knowledge. In this program you’ll also develop an understanding of all of the key financial documents, how to interpret them, and why they are important. Financial terms and calculations will be explained in a way that makes sense for both financial and non-financial business professionals. Finally, you will also be challenged to apply what you learn in class by analyzing how your work and your decisions are related to the overall performance of the company.
The Leader’s Voice
The first part of this energizing, interactive program focuses on why leadership communication is so essential, who you’ll need to reach with your messages, and how to ensure your communication gets through and gets results. The second part focuses on what you need to communicate in critical leadership situations including stepping into a new leadership role, leading through significant change, pitching a product or service, or sharing a vision that inspires confidence and action. You’ll close the day by developing a personal communication action plan that you can begin to apply immediately —and walk away with the clarity, capability and confidence you need to communicate effectively and achieve your leadership goals.
Operational Metrics that Matter
Practically all organizations have metrics, but in most cases, they don’t provide the information we believe they provide, they are constructed improperly, and they are difficult to comprehend and manage. This program will help you understand how to create metrics that truly matter and avoid the pitfalls of poorly conceived metrics. This interactive program will begin by laying out key aspects of operational and financial performance and how they relate to one another. We will then focus on key areas such as the impact of bad metrics, the difference between metrics and measures, leading and lagging metrics, aligning metrics with business performance, and designing metrics that can be understood and managed.
An Outward Mindset for Inclusive Leadership
Inclusive leadership is emerging as a unique and critical capability in helping organizations adapt to diverse employees, customers, and markets. Developing an outward mindset is at the heart of becoming a more inclusive leader. Inclusive leadership also assures that all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued, sense they belong, and are confident and inspired. Often leaders and their teams operate from an inward mindset focusing on their own needs, objectives, and challenges. This can cause organizational issues when individuals have a lack of awareness of their impact on others. This program will help develop the six signature traits of inclusive leaders and explore how an outward mindset can help your team achieve breakthrough results by taking into account their impact on others, and focusing on the needs of the organization as a whole.
Developing Digital Leadership
Digital technology is the biggest story today and will be for the next several decades. Digital is no longer the responsibility of a few tech savvy executives. In the age of ever evolving digital generation, it needs to be a responsibility of every business leader. This program will help participants become a more effective digital leader by understanding the Top Tech Trends, how digital technologies and business models are radically changing competitive dynamics across industries, and recognizing your capabilities and strengths to become an effective leader in the digital age. You will learn how to digitize existing business models, products and value chains to be digitally agile. This program helps you play a key role in navigating your business through digital change, translating technologies into business solutions, and speaking the language of IT leadership and teams to understand how they work.
Building and Marketing Your Brand
A key to creating, capturing, delivering and communicating the value of a “product ” that differentiates it from others, positively influences buyers’ purchase behaviors, and creates brand loyalty is a strong value-driven strategic marketing plan. Developing the plan helps you focus on necessary resources, plan for growth, and understand the different factors that may affect your success. In this engaging program, you will not only learn the process of creating a value-driven strategic marketing plan to identify your target market, how you will meet their needs, and how you’ll differentiate from the competition, but you will learn to use strategic marketing techniques to design, enhance, and promote “your professional image”. Knowing your personal brand requires thought, internal reflection and preparation, and it is key to projecting a strong executive presence that builds trust and value in the minds of others. Designing a “personal marketing plan” will help you create a valuable roadmap to navigate your career and plan for your next level of success.
Strategic Thinking and Planning
Strategic thinking and planning is the roadmap to success. Implementation is the vehicle that gets you there. Strategic thinking and planning is deciding the most important things that need to get done. Implementation is executing the key to dos to achieve your strategic goals. To win in business, you need to master both. Fast paced and filled with relevant examples, this program teaches the powerful tools from Krissi Barr’s strategy/execution book, Plugged. It incorporates ideas from AG Lafley’s book Playing to Win and experience from hundreds of real-world implementation success stories. Participants leave energized and ready to be more strategic thinkers and implement their strategic plans.
Innovation Building your own innovation capability
This program features a primer on Design Thinking, LEAN innovation, and scrappy approaches to user research. Women leaders will leave with awareness, capability, and tools to get better innovation outcomes.Crafting your leadership philosophy: As a leader in your organization, it’s important to know what you want to stand for in the hearts and minds of the innovators you are leading. We will spend time discovering the pillars of your leadership philosophy in order to build on them over time.Creating conditions where innovators can thrive: The environment and cultural tone of an organization is often set by the leaders. It’s important for leaders to know the role they play in creating conditions for innovators to thrive. The mindset and behaviors of the leader play a key role in getting the best out of the innovators, and consequently, more innovation.
Xavier Leadership Center is proud to offer each participant a digital badge once participants have met program completion criteria. Digital badges include a direct link to view program credentials, and can be utilized by participants on social media and digital resumes.
Women in mid-level manager positions looking to develop the necessary business acumen and leadership skills to advance to organizational leadership positions.
Participants will walk away with these skills: