The Emerging Leader Initiative (ELI) is a new program set to launch in May 2018.

This program is targeted toward emerging leaders and new managers, professionals who want to build capacity in key strategic areas of personal and professional growth. Leveraging different learning methodologies, using real-life examples and case-studies, ELI will allow for purposeful engagement of participants through interactive dialogue, with customized discussion topics and learning activities based on participant needs and current global challenges.

Every participant will be provided with a journal. Reflecting on their own leadership styles, communication techniques, decision-making processes and ethical instincts, participants will utilize structured reflective practices and analytical rubrics to effectively change behavior to improve performance and make better choices in future situations.

Programming will be held at MNP offices and the kick-off event will be held on May 15, 2018. Over the course of 3 weeks, six intensive modules will build upon each other, creating opportunities to practice what is learned so skills can be built, developed and assessed.

ELI will offer modules to include topics such as:

  • Leadership: This module will focus on the principles and fundamentals of leadership, including theories and models, understanding your own leadership style, where you are, where you want to be and how you will get there. We will explore examples of good and bad leadership, and delve into how influential leadership can affect outcomes.

  • Communication and Confidence: Rounding off skill development, this session will focus on honing interpersonal and communication skills while examining confidence in leadership. We will delve into confidence, to build how it can be demonstrated in a thoughtful yet effective manner. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to develop their own brand, and a greater self-awareness. We will also examine the concept of facing fears as a leader: how to respond to failure, cope with criticism and insecurities in a healthy and constructive way, building upon one’s strengths.

  • The Art of Complex Negotiations: The session will help you develop your understanding on how to successfully navigate negotiations and conduct complex career discussions in the workplace. Using case-studies, sub topics will include not only negotiating business deals but also negotiating with your supervisors (pay equity) and peers (self-advocacy). You will work in teams, discuss complex case studies and synthesize what to do and not to do in order to maintain good relationships with those you are negotiating with whenever possible.

  • Strategic Business Planning for Your Career: This session will focus on articulating career goals, goal setting strategies and how to successfully achieve them. Participants will be asked to come prepared with an outline of their 5-year plan which will include what they want to do and how they want to do it. Experts will provide feedback and lead discussions on individual road maps, challenges and opportunities.

  • Organizational Dynamics and those Aha Moments: What are the external forces, beyond your control as a leader and follower, which effect the development of a motivated and effective workforce able to plan and execute business initiatives? In this session, participations will learn about initiating processes for continuous strengthening of resources, management expectations and the complexities of team performances. We will also discuss how challenging moments can be Aha Moments – turning points, teaching moments and game changers.