Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials℠, powered by LEAD Brevard, is a new leadership skills development program for high potential professionals on a path to leadership and/or management roles.  Leadership Essentials℠ is a complement to
LEAD Brevard’s community based flagship program, Leadership Brevard.


Leadership Essentials Class of 2019 is at capacity!

Now accepting pre-registration for the Class of 2020

The Leadership Essentials℠ experience is valuable to high potential professionals and their employers for a variety of reasons, including:

  • The relationships developed within the diverse cohort of professionals in attendance
  • An assessment tool, used as a foundation piece
  • A connection to LEAD Brevard, Leadership Brevard (program and alumni) and Brevard County
  • An emphasis on practical experience and application; the ‘tools’ that participants add to their leadership tool box as part of their career development.

At monthly half-day class sessions, participants sharpen critical skills necessary for effective leadership in their organization. Sessions are led by experienced facilitators and participants will learn and practice the skills of a results-oriented leader.

For Employers:
Looking for ways to support your best and brightest? Today’s workforce is anxious to succeed, works hard, and often cites professional development opportunities as one of the top factors in employer selection and continued satisfaction. You can help position your organization to capitalize on the opportunities within today’s dynamic economy by sponsoring a candidate for the Leadership Essentials program.  

Leadership Essentials is a program for your rising leaders, helping them to learn the skills to lead projects and create solutions and may enhance your ability to retain quality employees by offering this opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional contacts.

For Candidates:
Why participate?  Are you ready to expand your skill set? Do you want to position yourself for continued growth and demonstrate your value to your employer? Leadership Essentials is a path to that future. Learn critical leadership skills to advance your career and personal development. Understand your talents and opportunities for growth. Connect with a vital and valuable network of professionals.

Current Class Information (Class of 2019)

All sessions are from 7:30 AM to 12:00 noon; a continental breakfast and mid-morning break refreshments will be provided. Sessions take place at the new Center for Collaboration (Space Coast Health Foundation offices) at 1100 Rockledge Blvd., Rockledge, FL.

Session 1

October 16, 2018: Communication
Communication/CliftonStrengths Assessment
Lisa Rice, Every Strength Counts, LLC
Participants will have a full understanding of the foundations of their CliftonStrengths Assessment and what a Strengths based approach to their career can do for them. This includes: what a Strengths based approach is and why it matters to individuals; teams and leaders, the guiding principles and terminology of Strengths; research-based information about people who use their Strengths vs those who don’t and homework to deepen their knowledge about their own Strengths.  As part of the session, participants will receive a team grid that helps them understand how they would work together if they were an intact team.  This tool is valuable to understand the Four Domains of Strengths, as well as individual Strengths.

Session 2

November 6, 2018: Decision Making
An Introduction to Strategy in Action
Susan Mazza, Clarus Consulting Group, LLC
Participants will learn and apply a proven method for creating a simple yet potent strategy that will increase their ability to get clear, stay focused and work smarter. Participants will learn and develop a framework for a 1 page strategy document to guide planning and every day decisions; make more strategic decisions and work smarter, not harder.  Topics covered include:  Why strategy matters to your success; what is strategy?; clarifying your WHY;  defining success and HOW to make strategic choices.

Session 3

December 18, 2018: Collaboration
Inviting Responsiveness vs. Resistance
Linda Cobb, The Coaching Company, Inc.
Participants will learn and practice proven tools to:
Quickly establish rapport with individuals and diverse groups; eliminate communication barriers; install practices that eliminate silos; effectively manage conflict and consistently invite performance.
The session agenda will include emotional intelligence; the heart of conflict (root causes and mitigation) and creating a collaborative environment.

Session 4

January 22, 2019: Coaching
Coaching for Impact Results
Harold Hill, Harold L. Hill Consulting
Participants will understand how a coach can improve a leader’s effectiveness; have a coaching model to implement within their team and have an opportunity to practice coaching. Topics include leadership coaching, coaching others for performance, a conflict model and best practices.

Session 5

February 26, 2019: Professionalism
Personal Power Tools for Leaders
Linda Cobb, The Coaching Company, Inc.
Participants will be able to outline the importance of personal branding; identify their top 3 talents, whom they most want to serve and the value they offer; identify the steps to success; utilize formats for tracking their success and effectively hold themselves accountable to their boss, their peers and their subordinates.

Session 6

March 12, 2019: Leadership Styles
The 360 Degree Leader: You can lead from anywhere
Mario Busacca, KeyStone Strategies
Using the concept developed in The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization, participants will delve into the concept developed in “the 360 Leader”, that one can lead from anywhere in an organization, not just from the top. Topics include the myths of leading from the middle of an organization; the challenges 360-degree leaders face; the principles 360-degree leaders practice to lead up, lead across and lead down and the value of 360-degree leaders.

Tuition for Leadership Essentials:    $1,200.00
A minimum deposit of $500 is due upon enrollment in order to reserve your seat in Leadership Essentials. Remaining tuition balance must be received in full by October 1, 2018 unless other arrangements have been made with LEAD Brevard.

Session Dates & Times:
Session dates: October 16, 2018; November 6, 2018; December 18, 2018; January 22, 2019; February 26, 2019; and March 12, 2019.  Graduation is in March.
All sessions are from 7:30 AM to 12:00 noon; a continental breakfast and mid-morning break refreshments will be provided.

Session Location:
The Center for Collaboration Community Room (Space Coast Health Foundation Building): 1100 N. Rockledge, Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955  SEE MAP

If emergency/circumstances arise which prevents a participant from attending all or any portion of ONE SESSION, the participant may be excused from attending all or a portion of one session. If for any reason a class member misses TWO SESSIONS, he/she will not be eligible to graduate that program year.

Cancellation Policy:
LEAD Brevard’s receipt of a signed enrollment form or completion of the online enrollment form signifies commitment to the program.  Tuition is due at the time of enrollment.  Cancellation must be received on or before the first of September prior to the start of the program year for a full refund.  After September 1st a $275 cancellation fee will be charged.  After October 1st, 50% tuition cancellation fee will be applied ($600).  Tuition is NOT refundable in whole or in part once sessions have begun (October 16, 2018).