Leadership Institute

The ACEC New York Leadership Institute develops the future leaders needed to grow engineering organizations and create a more vibrant, dynamic, and profitable place to work. Many people do not see themselves as charismatic speakers or great visionaries and, therefore, some managers may not see themselves as truly effective leaders. They believe that they lack the necessary innate abilities and skills to be true leaders. However, leadership requires only four elements (listed below). These can be taught, coached and inspired through a proactive process that draws out leadership abilities and achieves behavior change.

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Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the 2021 Leadership Institute will take place virtually via Zoom.

Training will be performed by The Jennings Group, which specializes in working with engineering and other technical and project management organizations.

Students will learn a number of techniques to improve their leadership skills, including listening and communication for motivation, leading in conflict situations, and creating a leadership culture.

The 2021 Class #1 and #2 are now sold out.

2021 Leadership Institute Program Content by Session

Session 1 – Leadership Principles

Day 1
Introduction to program
Leadership issues
Leadership models
Principles of leadership
Developing a personal vision
Personality inventory to determine Motivational Value System (MVS)

Day 2
Understanding yourself
Understanding/motivating others
Communicating your vision
Applying the principles

Session 2 - Understanding Yourself And Others Better

Day 1
Case study - Using MVS to deal with problems
Personal giftedness
Inventory – My personal giftedness
Review discussion - Relationship Awareness Theory
Identifying MVS in others

Day 2
Maintaining self-worth and borrowing relating styles
Emotional intelligence
Deploying personal strengths
Controlling overdone strengths
Action plans for utilizing strengths and overdone strengths
Exercising leadership integrity
Giving and receiving effective negative and positive feedback

Session 3 – Individual coaching sessions


Session 4 – Communicating to Motivate

Day 1
Power of listening
Sources of information when listening
Inventory – Are you a 100% listener?
Non-verbal communication
How different MVSs listen

Day 2

Using a translator – taking the sting out of negative communication
10 tools to improve your listening
Action plan – Improving my listening skills
Communicating to motivate
How different MVSs prefer to communicate (transmit)
Communicating across MVS boundaries
Action plan – Improving my communication

Session 5 – Leading Difficult People and Leading in Conflict Situations

Day 1
Six different types of difficult people
Inventory – What happens to me as a leader when demotivated/burned out
Inventory – How strong-willed are you (and where)?
Impact of strong will on MVS
Motivating and leading difficult people
Putting conflict in perspective – stages of conflict
Applying emotional intelligence to conflict

Day 2

Inventory – Listening skills in conflict
Inventory – Personal profile in dealing with conflict
How different MVSs go through conflict
Non-verbal communication in conflict
Inventory – My effectiveness in conflict
Becoming a proactive leader in conflict situations
Action plan – Improvement in leading conflict

Session 6 – Leading Change

Day 1
Types of change, impact of change, challenge of change
Dealing with change effectively
Inventory – My resistance to change
How different MVSs deal with change
Overcoming resistance to change
What fosters / stifles change
Motivating change in individuals
Achieving behavior change

Day 2

Dealing with risk averse people
Overcoming organizational politics
Leading the change process – changing organizations
Changing myself
Inventory – My skills for leading change
Action plan – Areas for improvement

Session 7 – Empowering and Growing Others

Day 1
Defining delegating, coaching, and mentoring
Requirements for excellent delegation
Delegating to empower at individual level
Requirements for excellent coaching

Day 2
Requirements for excellent mentoring
Difficulties in mentoring in technical organizations
Problems by MVS in delegating, coaching, and mentoring
Impact of enabling others in leading change / conflict
Inventory – My effectiveness in enabling others
Action plan – Improvement in delegating, coaching, mentoring

Session 8 – Taking And Controlling Personal Risk; Defining Your Own Personal Leadership Style

Day 1
Distinguishing between types of risk
Problems people have taking risk
How people think about and deal with personal risk by MVS
Overcoming problems and being more confident in controlling risk
Action plan – Improving how I take and control personal risk
Values to consider in defining your leadership style
Differences in leadership styles

Day 2

Discussion of leadership concepts, values, and styles
How to think about defining a personal leadership style
First cut at a personal leadership style (completed as a self-discovery activity)

Session 9 – Inspiring Leadership In Others; Creating A Leadership Culture

Day 1
What we learned about leadership personally
Personal obstacles we overcame and effective methods to overcome them
Applying personal experience to inspiring others at an individual level

Day 2

Defining a leadership culture for your organization
Obstacles to creating a leadership culture in your organization
Overcoming obstacles at the top and in middle management
Requirements for successful implementation of a leadership culture
Implementing a leadership culture
Creating a personal growth plan for the next 12 months