Preparing for Leadership: Discover what it takes to Take the Lead!

Please Note: Seminar times include lunch

You need to prove to the powers that be that you are capable of inspiring, motivating and building rapport with a team. This is difficult if you have never been in a leadership role before. However, it is not impossible, and an understanding of the attributes and characteristics of great leaders will help you to prepare for your next big step!  Truly effective leaders can add value simply by being present on teams. They are inspirational and motivating. They know the right things to say to people to help them understand what's needed, and they can convince people to support a project or initiative just by explaining the benefits and requirements clearly and carefully.

If you have been ear-marked for a promotion, or are considering applying for job that has increased responsibilities, then this course will give you the skills you need to confidently take that next step! Learn how to get noticed and selected for a leadership position and develop the skills every confident leader needs.


Key elements covered during this half day seminar:

  • Discover what you can start to do now in a non-management role that will display your leadership potential to your managers
  • Understand what a leader is…and is not, and examining why you want to lead
  • Find out what people expect from and respect in a leader and identifying these attributes in yourself
  • Learn how to project a more dynamic image and how to act, look and talk like a leader to ensure you get noticed
  • Discover what your default leadership style is - and spot leadership styles that are most likely to fail
  • Determine which leadership attributes you already possess and identify areas you need to develop in order to take the next step
  • Find out how to take on your first leadership position with greater confidence
  • Learning that gaining and using power and influence positively results in respect and co-operation
  • Protect yourself against the pitfalls of "peer politics" - as competition for leadership positions is tough


Course Outline

Is there a leader in you?

  • Discussing the qualities senior management looks for in candidates for leadership positions
  • Understanding the various challenges you will face as a leader
  • Knowing the full implications of applying for a leadership position
  • Assessing if you are really ready to take the next step


Discovering how successful leaders act

  • Discovering your default leadership style - and assessing if this will work in your workplace
  • Learning to adapt your leadership style to ensure you get the most from your future team
  • Listing the attributes of powerful and charismatic leaders
  • Emulating the behaviour of some of the world's most successful leaders


Examining what does true leadership looks like

  • Analysing what a leader looks like
  • Assessing your own personal professional image
  • Understanding how people react to what they see
  • Learning how to project the positive professional image of a leader


Learning how you can actively build your influence and authority

  • Understanding the cornerstones of influence
  • Realising that influence and authority are not the same thing
  • Discovering the pitfalls of power
  • Finding out ways that leaders build their authority and influence
  • Learning how to use your influence as an empowerment tool for your future team


Finding out how to develop key relationship

  • Identifying the strategic alliances that you need to build
  • Ascertaining the real power bases in your organisation
  • Discovering what motivates your senior management team
  • Being authentic in your pursuit of leadership and ensuring you want to lead for the right reasons


Knowing how you should handle organisational politics

  • Realising that there will be resentment, jealousy or envy from peers if you are promoted
  • Discovering how to win over resistant team members
  • Discovering how to gain authority and respect from former colleagues
  • Understanding strategies for getting others to support your agenda


Planning your road to leadership

  • Planning where you want to go
  • Preparing yourself for leadership
  • Designing your strategies for being noticed and selected to be a leader 



Who Should Attend

Any staff member who needs leadership training to progress to a leadership role or who is about to embark on a new leadership assignment.


To Register

You can register for this seminar by clicking on the "Book Now" buttons above, alternatively please call Kathryn on 011 454 5505 or email her kathryn@seminarwarehouse.co.za


What You're Going to Get

Each seminar is run in the morning at venues in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Delegates attending receive bound reference notes, tea, coffee and snacks on arrival and at the break. After the course, delegates receive a sit down lunch as well as a Certificate of Attendance.