Below are some of our most popular programs. Click each title to learn more about them.

Higher Education Programs:

Teaching Leadership Online

Have you been asked to teach your leadership or management course online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?  Already teaching online but looking for some new teaching strategies, learning activities, or resources to enhance your practice?  This workshop is for you!  During this workshop, Dan will provide instructional strategies and learning activities you can implement right away in your online leadership or management course.  In addition, he will provide a brief overview of the scholarship related to teaching leadership online, which elements of your face-to-face course are easily transferable to online formats, how to use your Learning Management System (LMS) to your advantage, and what other open-access tools are available to enhance your students’ leadership learning experience.  After participating in in this workshop, you’ll be better able to:

  • Articulate the differences between face-to-face and online leadership education
  • Navigate the resources available for teaching leadership online
  • Develop technology-enhanced learning activities associated with specific leadership topics
  • Create feedback methods and other teaching and evaluation tools based on best practices
  • Use technology to enhance students’ leadership learning experience and outcomes
Teaching Leadership: What Do You Need to Know?

This interactive workshop provides an overview of the resources and applied scholarship related to leadership content, delivery, pedagogy and practice for teaching leadership in curricular and co-curricular programs. 

Leadership in the Classroom: Developing a Leadership Curriculum

Developing a leadership curriculum can be a complex endeavor that is difficult to navigate. For many institutions, co-curricular leadership development efforts have been underway for many years. Indeed, many programs nationwide are incredibly successful. For institutions that are resource-deficient in regard to staff and budget, the idea of engaging in the process of proposing a curricular leadership program is daunting. Who will teach the classes? Who will coordinate the program? How will we interact with faculty and academic departments? How are we possibly going to afford this? As leadership studies gains in legitimacy as a field of study, the time is right to make a case for beginning a curricular leadership program or advancing current curricular leadership initiatives. As a partnership opportunity between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, curricular leadership programs are politically attractive for institutions and incredibly useful for students.

Participants will engage in in several learning environments including lecture, discussion, reflection, small groups, a panel, and round-tables.  Additionally, participants will: 

  • Have an understanding of the history of leadership theory, education, and development.
  • Examine the different ways that leadership courses ignite leadership for students and influence change on college campuses.
  • Understand the various institutional strengths, opportunities, areas for improvement, and threats that might affect the curriculum development of a leadership course.
  • Devise a curriculum development plan, learning outcomes, and possible avenues for assessment for a leadership curriculum that they can implement on their campus.
Creating Significant Learning Experiences in Leadership Education

Significant learning experiences describe a process or taxonomy that includes students engaged in their learning in a high energy classroom.  Through an innovative approach, this program will feature the application of the taxonomy of significant learning to leadership education across the developmental levels of the Leadership Identity Development model.  Through interactive audience participation and the sharing of practices and experiences, an experienced professor of leadership studies will demonstrate how instructors can facilitate this new and exciting model in their classrooms.  Participants will:

  • Understand the taxonomy of significant learning and its applicability to leadership education.
  • Develop broader understanding of the intentional alignment between specific instructional and assessment strategies and leadership learning outcomes and students’ developmental levels.
  • Practice specific strategies that can be readily implemented in leadership programs.
Guiding Questions for Leadership Studies Programs

Are you developing a new leadership program or looking to participate in a leadership program review, assessment, or evaluation?  The Guiding Questions program offers an all-inclusive leadership program review process including feedback and assessment related to program Context, Conceptual Framework, Content, Teaching & Learning, and Outcomes & Assessment.

What Doesn’t Work in Leadership Education

It’s broken—so fix it!  Grounded in recent research on the effectiveness and use of instructional strategies in leadership education, this program will feature the dos and don’ts in classroom-based instruction.  Through an interactive approach, demonstrations will showcase what works and what doesn’t in leadership education with an emphasis on discussion-based and experiential pedagogies, share best practices and experiences, and provide resources for participants to bring back to their classrooms so they can readily apply this new knowledge. 

Applied Critical Thinking in Leadership Development Programming

Leading critically means utilizing critical thinking skills to make informed decisions about leadership actions. In this session, we will examine how student-centered experiential learning bridges thinking with action by cultivating self-regulatory judgment through the evaluation and inference of a leader’s own decisions and actions. Through interactive audience participation and the sharing of practices and experiences, this workshop demonstrates how instructors can facilitate “leading critically” in their classrooms.  Specifically, participants will: 

  • Understand how incorporating “leading critically” activates students to utilize critical thinking skills when making decisions about leadership actions. 
  • Understand specific details, definitions, and applications for “leading critically.” 
  • Learn instructional techniques that help students connect and apply critical thinking and reflection to situational leadership and decision making. 
  • Take part in a model activity that applies leading critically to case studies for use in their own classroom.
From Theory to Practice: Facilitating Reflective, Experiential, Role-Play, and Simulation Activities 

This workshop showcases the utilization of and related literature and research supporting the use of role-play activities as instructional tools in the leadership studies classroom. In this session, facilitators will demonstrate two specific leadership-­‐theory based role play activities designed to activate the connection between theory and practice.

StrengthsFinder/GallupStrengths (Certified Coach)

Dan is a certified CliftonStrengths Coach and can tailor any leadership development program through the use of the GallupStrengths model.

Industry Programs:

The Courageous Follower

Courageous Followership offers a new model for the follower role that provides dynamic support for leaders but does not hesitate to constructively speak truth to power. Courageous Followership Workshops are designed to examine the relationship of leaders and followers through “the other end of the telescope”.  This workshop is designed to:

  • Raise awareness of the equal importance of exemplary followership behavior to leadership behavior.
  • Identify styles of followership and directions for growth.
  • Increase understanding of how hierarchical structures do not need to produce less-than-candid hierarchical relationships.
  • Examine the sources of courage that enable followers to give leaders important information they may not want to hear.
  • Identify the numerous ways in which followers can give better support to their leaders.
  • Develop an awareness of the elements of effectively providing leaders with sensitive feedback.
  • In longer workshop formats, develop the skills for doing so.
  • Provide leaders with the awareness and tools for creating cultures in which followers will more readily act as partners.
Communicating Across Generations: A Leadership & Followership Perspective

Communicating Across Generations equips participants with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to work successfully with people of all generations.  In doing so, this workshop takes into account the numerous leader and follower roles we hold within our organizations while still working towards a common purpose.  This workshop is designed to:

  • Increase awareness of the four generations currently in the workforce
  • Understand the similarities and differences in the generations
  • Learn strategies for communicating effectively with employees of all generations
  • Identify potential sources of intergenerational conflict and techniques for managing them
  • Recognize how age diversity benefits an organization
Leadership & Followership with Millenials

This keynote presentation focuses on how Millennials demonstrate different attitudes, values, beliefs, and aspirations in the workplace compared to previous generations, and provide interactive exercises and takeaways around strategies to motivate and engage Millenials.  Accordingly, each keynote will follow a similar order, but will also be tailored to each unique audience.  Highlights include: 

  • Who are Millenials and how do they lead?
  • Motivating and engaging Millennials
  • Millennial Values Translated to the Workplace
StrengthsFinder/GallupStrengths (Certified Coach)

Dan is a certified CliftonStrengths Coach and can tailor any leadership development program through the use of the GallupStrengths model.