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FIU Center for Leadership Delivers Decade of 21st Century Training

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FIU Center for Leadership Delivers Decade of 21st Century Training

High-energy, interactive and relevant leadership development programs take good leaders and make them even better.

| 8/28/2017

High-performing organizations have adaptive and skilled leaders. The award-winning Center for Leadership at Florida International University delivers concrete toolkit growth and remarkable results for organizational leaders from across all industries — health care, banking and finance, technology, retail, education, government and the military, to name just a few.

Top-ranked for executive leadership programming by HR.com and Leadership Excellence for four consecutive years, the center’s programs redefine leadership training. Based on extensive research and a novel approach, the center consistently provides high-energy, interactive and relevant leadership development programs for corporate partners. Programs combine theory, real-world application, reflection, peer-to-peer learning and critical feedback to meet specific organizational and executive needs. Executives leave with the insights they need to positively and effectively transform themselves, their organizations and their communities.

“Our participants are leaders who oversee operations, people and businesses and are looking to hone those skills to have an even greater impact in their workplace. Our programs are designed to take good leaders and make them even better.”

- Mayra Beers, Ph.D., Director of Strategy, FIU Center for Leadership

“The vision from the start was to create world-class programs that highlight and accentuate the strengths of each participant,” says Dr. Nathan Hiller, the center’s academic director who regularly consults on leadership with Fortune 500 corporations and leading organizations around the globe. “This is no theoretical discussion of ideas. We are practicing and modifying ideas and learning skills, and we’re coaching each other on how to execute them better. Participants leave with action plans focused on leading better by making small adjustments. The best leaders are continually working at getting better.”

The residential-based programs leverage instructors’ time-tested practices, institutional expertise and personality assessment capabilities to develop and deliver sophisticated organizational leadership capacity for participants from across Florida, the U.S., the Americas, Canada, Europe and Africa. Executives from State Farm, U.S. Southern Command, Daikin Applied, Baptist Health South Florida, Sunshine Health, Preferred Care Partners, Baxter, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and many other organizations have discovered that high-impact leaders create high-performing organizations.

Case Study
Executive Excels after Leadership Program

Brian Clay was a fast-rising director with BankUnited in 2015 when he enrolled in the FIU Center for Leadership’s High-Impact Leadership Program. Four days later, he emerged more focused and self-attuned – with an action plan penned to create an even stronger path toward purposeful leadership.

Working with an extensive behavior and personality profile he completed before the course began, Clay found that course materials and professor prompts seemed to speak directly to his personality type. One-on-one breakouts with an executive coach further honed materials to his leadership style — both his strengths and “derailers,” or traits that can be perceived negatively by others.

During his sessions, Clay found himself nodding in agreement as he learned that yes, he challenges the status quo as executive vice president and business banking director. His derailer? People might view him as a disruptive change agent.

“Maybe my opinions are right, but I needed a different tack with people to get the best outcome,” Clay realized. “This program is not about formulas and lectures, but rather taking us through a process that encourages us to really hone our skills and personal insights.”

Ultimately, Clay discovered — and sees in his relationships — how leveraging what he learned can help him achieve his and his team’s full potential. “The program really hits each participant where they are at, and it struck me that every person leaves with a clear understanding of how to be a better leader based on their unique strengths.”

Discovery and Partnership with the FIU Center for Leadership

The award-winning Center for Leadership at FIU provides both open-enrollment and custom, company-specific leadership development programs for corporate partners and leaders from organizations of any size, and features access to some of the world’s best leadership thinkers and practitioners through the Leadership Lectures series that is free and open to the public.

Discover how our programs for women leaders, senior executives and high-impact leaders can maximize your organizational and individual goals. Learn more at lead.fiu.edu or by calling Shannon Hanson, Assistant Director, at 305-348-5323.


Award-Winning, Results-Based Executive Development Programs Meet Your Needs

Grounded in the latest research and with a unique, participant-focused approach, the FIU Center for Leadership’s programs have a track record of developing executives to become better leaders for their organizations and in their communities. Award-winning programs include:

• The High-Impact Leadership Program
Designed to help leaders accelerate their career trajectory by developing a portfolio of strategic leadership capabilities in areas such as leading during crisis, managing change, building robust teams and actualizing strategic vision.
Next Program: October 2017

• The Women Leaders Program
Ideal for established or emerging women executives seeking to take charge of their leadership development. The program combines the Center’s groundbreaking research with best practices and the depth of experience of veteran women leaders.
Next Program: May 2018

• The Senior Executive Leaders Program
Designed to maximize the leadership capacity of C-Suite and senior executives with significant and broad organizational responsibilities. Sessions tailor customized feedback and insights from global experts and provide tools and techniques that leaders can leverage immediately.
Next Program: Spring 2019

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