Leadership Essentials

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

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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 emerging professionals in attendance.
  • An assessment tool, used as a foundation piece.
  • A connection to LEAD Brevard, Leadership Brevard (the program and the 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.

CONGRATULATIONS Leadership Essentials Class of 2020 graduates! 

CLICK HERE to watch the Leadership Essentials Class of 2020 virtual graduation recorded on May 19, 2020


Leadership Essentials 2019 – ‘in their own words’

  • As a coordinator, I learned what skills would be helpful to move into a leadership role. I was greatly moved and inspired by all the sessions in some way. Those at my work have seen a change in my attitude and my director has praised me for my growth during my time at the program.
  • The Leadership Essentials class has been extremely beneficial. Before Leadership Essentials, I viewed some of my ‘strengths’ as ‘weaknesses’. I believe that self-improvement is extremely important and because of Leadership Essentials I was able to take something from each session and grow both professionally and personally.
  • I have learned so much that I didn’t know I needed in order to be a successful leader! Many tools will be used along my journey into becoming a leader.
  • I’ve been able to learn from experienced professionals with experience in many diverse contexts. The class’ diversity of small to large companies and different industries provided knowledge from different angles.
  • Leadership Essentials provided a valuable overview of strategies for success. I am transitioning into a new leadership role and I am glad that I was able to participate in the course before starting my new position.

Class of 2020 Information

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, 2019 unless other arrangements have been made with LEAD Brevard.

Session Dates & Times:
Session dates: October 8, 2019; November 5, 2019; December 10, 2019; January 21, 2020; February 25, 2020; and March 17, 2020.  Graduation March 18, 2020.
Session times: Arrival (7:30 – 8:00 AM) 8:00 AM – 12 PM; a continental breakfast and mid-morning break refreshments will be provided.
Sessions One and Six (October and March) extended to 1:00 PM to include networking lunch onsite.

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

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 8, 2019).

Session 1

October 8, 2019: Communication – CliftonStrengths Assessment

Participants will understand 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 4 Domains of Strengths, as well as individual Strengths.

Session 2

November 5, 2019: Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking is a process that defines the manner in which people think about, assess, view, and create the future for themselves and others.  Participants will be introduced to strategic thinking; three phases that identify and clarify where we are now; where we want to be; and how we will get there.  

Session 3

December 10, 2019: Emotional Intelligence

EQ or EI is the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. In practical terms, this means being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (positively and negatively), and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others – especially when under pressure.

Session 4

January 21, 2020: Coaching – Coaching for Impact and Results

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 25, 2020: Professionalism – Personal Power Tools for Leaders

Like it or not, you stand for something.  In personal life, that can be fun.  In the workplace, it can limit you. Take ownership of your career and make sure that what you stand for enhances your expertise and doesn’t detract from it.  Learn the importance of professionalism and how to leverage its three crucial elements for greater success.   After all, why risk limiting yourself?   Expanding your self-awareness will not only enhance your skills and confidence, it will help you add value as you access more creativity, easily focus outwardly, fulfill commitments, develop potential (your’s and other’s), and embrace change.  Plus, you’ll lower stress and enjoy your job even more! 

Session 6

March 17, 2020: Leadership Styles – The 360 Degree Leader:  You can lead from anywhere

Using the concept developed in The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization, participants will delve into the concept 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.