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New program offers unique training for executives

by Don Rodriguez

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In a first for the Southwest, the Arizona Technology Council is offering a transformational leadership executive certificate program to offer experienced business leaders a framework for a new way of thinking to lead self, others and organizations.

Graduates of the program conducted in partnership with ImpaQ Solutions will gain insight and multiple perspectives to advance important business issues and strategies away. Participants will also learn how to create significant, positive outcomes for key organizational objectives, including productivity, innovation and profitability.

“Leaders who previously wanted to participate in transformational leadership programs had to travel to locations such as San Francisco; Boston; Washington, DC; or the United Kingdom,” says Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “This Arizona-based program provides a unique opportunity for business leaders to better balance their day-to-day responsibilities with the need to learn new leadership skills to help move their company to a higher level.”

The certificate program will include five modules with 11 days of classroom instruction during a six-month period beginning Aug. 26. Individual assessments, one-on-one executive coaching sessions and a learning-community network of participants are additional components. The modules are:

Advanced Personal Leadership

Leading self: The program begins with an exploration of leadership from the perspective of the leader as a human being endeavoring to contribute to and lead change.

Relationships, Communications and Decision Making

Leading self and others: Students receive practice and feedback on building relationships and accomplishing desired outcomes using leadership conversations.

Transformative Leadership: Leading Through Complexity and Change

Leading self and others: Strategic thinking in times of uncertainty requires a new level of thinking and a deeper understanding of leadership competencies and the development of the human being.

Innovation and Leading Organizational Change

Leading self, others and organizations: Today, leaders and organizations face rapid and complex change. It is imperative for them to develop the mindset, skill set and tool set to navigate the complexity.

Integration Seminar: Leader in Action, Leading the Future

To apply what was learned, each participant will present the challenge identified at the beginning of the program, the proposed solution or approach, and the thought process behind the proposal to a panel of executives.

Sessions will be led by faculty that includes Margo Boster, CEO of ImpaQ Solutions; Neil Stroul, founder of Kenning Associates and founding faculty member of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Leadership Coaching program; and Robin Postel, adjunct professor of public service at New York University and founder of Transformational Learning for Individuals + Organization.

The program will be open to leaders from all companies and organizations but limited to 25 participants selected in a competitive admissions process. The program will be structured with the understanding that each participant has a full-time job but that learning requires an ongoing commitment.

Applications can be downloaded at aztransformationalleadership.com and will be accepted until July 15. Council member companies will receive a discount in program tuition.

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