The approach and benefits of the program are:
- One class a month. Since class topics build on each other, the timing gives program participants the opportunity to put into practice the skills they learned. They develop action plans in class and move forward with reading assignments to reinforce concepts. As they practice, they stay in touch with their accountability partners to share how different approaches are working for them.
“Learning to read people and what motivates them was a critical part of my growth throughout the sessions. I can now more effectively interact with my employees to build a better team. Discussing common issues with others in different industries also built confidence in my own abilities and strengthened new skills,” said Thomas Justice, Operations Manager, Aveda Transportation.
- Role models are part of the process. Throughout the program, local influencers share insights and lessons learned. From this, participants develop invaluable professional relationships with leaders in other industries.
- Five different instructors. Metro LEAD training focuses on best practices presented by professional leadership trainers. Each instructor is the best in his/her field, and all of them have significant real-world working experience.
- Sessions focus on skills development. Topics address the four essential skills of all great leaders: developing others, motivating a team, communicating effectively and driving performance. Participants discover their own personal strengths, gaps and values as a leader and manager and apply those to strengthen these core skills.