Zenger Folkman provides microlearning experiences to allow organizations and their leaders to develop key behaviors demonstrated by highly effective leaders. The experiences offered by Zenger Folkman leverage the same research, leadership framework, and strengths-based development methodology as The Extraordinary Leader development experience. They focus on leadership capabilities that are critical—as the way we work is constantly being redefined. Experiences include a self-assessment, feedback report, and development guide. They may be customized to the audience and include a planning conversation with the facilitator.
Our working environment is changing by the minute. Leadership speed is fast becoming a required skill for today’s highly effective leaders. Research shows that a leader’s ability to execute fast and execute right dramatically improves an organization’s results.
Leaders learn the key behaviors that will help them navigate the demand for greater agility, innovation, and pace. In addition, they take a self-assessment to identify their personal preferences across three spectrums directly correlated to leadership speed and receive a development tool to help them lead with speed.
The one skill that our research shows has the most impact on leading effectively during times of change or challenge is the ability to communicate powerfully. Most leaders are good at keeping those they lead informed, but there is a big difference between leaders who simply inform others and those who communicate powerfully.
Leaders take a self-assessment to help them understand their natural inclinations when it comes to communicating to others. They learn the five behaviors that will significantly improve their ability to communicate with impact and receive a development tool to help them create an action plan to communicate powerfully now.
In today’s complex environment, leaders must boldly step forward with a willingness to take on new goals, challenge standard approaches, and push boundaries. Our research has identified the balance of behaviors that highly effective bold leaders use to influence others.
Leaders learn a simple, practical approach to improve their ability to effectively influence others. They take a brief self-assessment and receive development tools to help them understand the specific steps they can take to lead boldly as they face uncertain times.
In our current environment, leaders may find themselves pushing others to achieve the results necessary for the organization’s success. However, the research is clear. The ability for leaders to pull others towards the goal is the supreme leadership capability. Inspiring and motivating others is the best leading predictor of employee commitment and satisfaction during times of tranquility or crisis. Yet, it is the behavior that leaders struggle with most.
Leaders take a self-assessment to understand their natural inclination for pushing or pulling others. They learn the ten behaviors that highly inspirational leaders use to motivate others. Using a research-based development tool, they create a personally relevant plan to improve their ability to inspire those they lead.
In times of heightened stress and uncertainty, people need to trust their leaders more than ever. However, understanding how to earn or establish trust is perplexing for many leaders. Zenger Folkman’s research has revealed three leadership behaviors that form the foundation of trust.
Leaders take a self-assessment to help them understand their inclination for the three key foundational behaviors. They learn how they can improve trust for themselves and their teams. Using the development tools provided, they create an actionable plan to improve the level of trust they establish with others.
During times of change or challenge, we often see a significant decline in the resilience of employees and leaders alike. When there is unexpected and unplanned change, it is no surprise. But how can we help individuals and organizations to not only survive, but thrive amidst the constantly shifting landscape? It is when leaders are planning the future of their organizations while managing unexpected challenges that resilience is most needed.
Participants will learn why resilience is a critical behavior for leaders and the five key actions that our research shows improve resilience. They’ll receive instant results from our well-being self-assessment and will use our development guide to help rebuild resilience and improve as a leader.
If you asked 100 leaders if they possessed racial, age, gender, or other bias, how many would answer yes? Zenger Folkman’s research shows that 25% of leaders are completely unaware of their blind spots.
Participants learn the five critical skills that do the most to help leaders improve their ability to convey that they value diversity and seek to genuinely include others. They are given specific insights to create a development plan to facilitate improvement.
Rapid change often exposes the vulnerabilities of leaders and organizations that lack agility. Agile leaders can thrive even in quickly shifting and unpredictable circumstances. Learning agility is the key competency that separates those who are successful from those who are still struggling to adapt.
Participants learn new ways to navigate a changing environment and the four skills to successfully advance one’s ability to respond to change. They also discover new ways to navigate a changing environment.
Strategic thinking is an essential component of leadership—and one of the most difficult competencies to acquire. Strategic leaders think about the long-term future, macro issues and patterns in the broader economy and in their industry every day. They are astute observers of trends in how products are used and in how customer preferences are changing. They move the organization to the next level by envisioning a different future and create ways to reach those opportunities.
Participants learn the impact of strategic thinking and are given specific ways to develop this skill and mindset.
Every CEO wishes for more collaboration in their organization. At the same time, many of their managers complain that they are overwhelmed with poorly planned meetings, ineffective group events, and a never-ending
stream of emails asking for information and assistance. Instead of synergy, these organizations get dysfunction.
Zenger Folkman measures each participant’s tendency to act independently or interdependently, and offers four companion behaviors that enable leaders to work more collaboratively. Each participant creates a personal development plan for improvement.
What do great problem solvers do differently? This complex skill is almost always ranked by leaders as one of the top four most important leadership skills. With focus in the right areas, this is a skill that can be developed.
Participants examine the skills associated with problem solving, and learn the steps to ferret out problems and analyze issues. The optimum steps in the solution process are revealed and a process for creating a development plan is introduced.
Evidence shows that employees are more highly engaged and satisfied when they are working on challenging assignments. Despite that, some leaders seek to protect their employees from difficult projects. Other leaders challenge employees to do more and tackle lofty stretch goals. Can leaders create too many stretch assignments? Does it matter if the goal is set by the group, rather than by the leader alone?
Setting goals can be as challenging as meeting them. Participants learn the advantages and complexities of seeking high development targets. They analyze the barriers organizations and managers experience and discover the four skills research shows helps leaders to successfully establish stretch goals. They leave with a focused development plan for improvement.
For organizations to be successful, leaders must have the skills to help people reach their full potential. Today’s employees want opportunities for growth earlier in their careers.
Participants discover the five researched behaviors that empower leaders to develop others. They are presented with three data-driven approaches for developing others and take a self-assessment to discover which of the three approaches is a good fit for their development style. Then, using our unique guide, they create an action plan focused on developing one of the five crucial behaviors.
We spend a third to half of our waking hours each week at our job. The workplace, whether at home or in an office, is a critical place for developing meaningful connections. Our data shows that leaders who excel in specific areas can develop more positive relationships and, in turn, significantly improve employee engagement, retention, and discretionary effort.
Leaders assess their strengths and approach to connecting with others. They discover what exceptional relationship-builders do, and they create a development plan selecting from a precise set of strength-building behaviors that are proven to improve relationships.
Initiative is the force that pushes you to persist in the face of inertia and difficulty and see your project or idea through to a successful conclusion. It’s the spark that great leaders know how to ignite in themselves and others. It spurs productivity and drives results. Every team and organization benefits from leaders who know how to inspire initiative.
Participants assess their personal initiative barriers and growth opportunities. They learn about the research we’ve gathered on expanding initiative. Finally, they put together a plan for utilizing six strength-building behaviors to develop initiative.