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Leadership Development

Training to Address Recurring Management Challenges

Purdue MEP can help first-time managers and experienced supervisors develop the communication, management, and leadership skills needed to direct the performance of individuals and teams. Our leadership and supervisory training addresses the recurring management challenges that every leader confronts on a daily basis. These half-day workshops can be offered onsite or as public workshops.

Leadership Offerings include:

Becoming a Leader 
Effective leadership is a key component to organizational success. But what does it mean to lead effectively? In this workshop, you will learn the keys to effective leadership and assess your own leadership strengths and weaknesses. 

Building Self-Confidence and Trust
It has been said that a true leader has no fear. Self-confidence is a critical trait for every leader to possess in the right balance. Trust is the glue that holds every relationship together. While trust is a simple thing, it is not always easy to accomplish. In this course, you will learn reliable principles and methods for building trust that every leader can use. You will have the opportunity to select the key skills that they can practice to gain the ease of genuine self-confidence and use reliable methods for building trust with others. 

Effective Communication and Listening
Have you ever expressed frustration around perceived poor communication? Effective communication is all about the transfer of information and the accurate understanding of that information. This workshop will explore the reason why communication efforts fail and then discover techniques to help improve your communication personal communication skills. 

Ethics in Leadership
Ethical leaders are concerned for the greater good, are honest and straightforward, strive for fairness, show respect for the individual, and take responsibility for their decisions. They also serve as role models in their organization. Evidence also suggests that over time, "ethical" organizations outperform those that do not operate ethically. In this workshop, you'll learn why ethics are important in organizations and how ethical leaders behave on a daily basis. You'll also evaluate real-world workplace situations from an ethical standpoint.

Leadership Through Change
As the saying goes, "change is the only constant in life." This is especially true in today's competitive business environment, where organizations must constantly adapt and improve to maintain a competitive edge. In this course, you'll learn about how change affects both our personal and organizational lives and the organizational issues that impact change. We'll also examine the techniques for driving organizational change and how to make that change meaningful for both the supervisor and the employee. The overall goal is to better equip you to successfully navigate the changes you face every day at work. 

Leading and Coaching for Superior Performance
Modern manufacturing practices have required leaders to transition from a traditional style of top-down supervision into leaders who can lead and coach individuals and teams for improved performance. The essence of a successful leader is the person who can make sure that the work gets done while developing individuals and the teams at the same time. In this course, you will learn effective processes for leading and coaching individuals and teams. You will have the opportunity to select the key skills that they can practice on the job to get the best performance possible from the individuals and teams they lead. 

Managing Across Generations
In the next 10 years, half of the work force will be made up of those identified as the millennial generation. Retiring Baby Boomers will be leaving the leadership ranks with more spaces than the Gen-Xers can fill and the work load will fall on the Gen-Y’s. This workshop explores the general perceived differences between the employees from the different generations in communication, workplace improvement, and employee effectiveness 

Managing Stress
Today's managers typically have too much to do and too little time to do it, a situation that commonly leads to stress. In this workshop, you'll learn about how stress affects the body and assess your own stress level. You'll also learn tools for identifying sources of stress and learn proven techniques for managing stress.

Productive Conflict Resolution
Conflict is a common problem in any organization that has people. Often, leaders are uncomfortable dealing with conflict because they do not have a process that keeps emotions under control. The good news is that an understanding of conflict, why it occurs, and how to manage it can help you turn a conflict situation into a positive opportunity for improvement. You will also have the opportunity to identify the key skills that they can practice to improve their ability to handle conflict in a productive way. 

Responding to Complaints
Part of being a supervisor or manager is dealing with employee complaints, and how complaints are handled in your workplace can have lasting effects, hopefully positive but possibly negative. In this workshop, you'll learn why people complain but techniques for effectively dealing with complaints. 

Team Building in Manufacturing
Teamwork is recognized as an important aspect of modern manufacturing. It is well known that people working together can accomplish more than individuals working in isolation. This session will provide practical methods to help teams become more effective and successful. Once an understanding of basic team dynamics is provided, you will be able to recognize specific areas where teams need help and will also have sound methods to help teams improve. You will have the opportunity to select the key skills that they can practice to improve the performance of their teams. 

Writing Effective Emails
Billions of emails are sent each day around the world, and employees of most organizations spend a good portion of their days processing email. The ability to write clear, concise, and effective emails that get the desired results is a key skill needed in all organizations. In this workshop, you’ll learn the keys to writing effective emails using multiple examples and hands-on activities. 

Leadership Consulting
Not sure where to start? Let us assess and help develop the skills necessary for your organization. 

Leadership Skills for Success
To ensure supervisors' success, these employees will need new tools and skills to succeed as a leader within your organization. In this six-month, intensive course led by Purdue MEP experts, you will learn and practice key skills every supervisor needs. Learn more.

Gary Morris, President/COO, Clabber Girl 

Click here to read the Clabber Girl success story 

The program has allowed us to create an atmosphere that fosters teamwork and empowers employees to take ownership for their projects that have optimized production flow and reduced inefficiencies. Management and even office staff have gained insightful leadership experiences and buy-in of the lean concept. Our collaboration with Purdue has allowed us to move forward with our strategic vision and to always strive for continuous improvement.


Joseph McMurry
Joseph McMurry
Senior Services Manager - Leadership Development

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