Executive and Professional Development

Meeting Leadership Challenges

We have all taken on expanded roles and experienced challenges not foreseen even when lots of preparation was done to avoid that happening. Imagine if you had the chance to pull together a coaching team every time you faced a leadership challenge and needed some advice.  

Leadership is not for the faint of heart. It can be richly rewarding but with its challenges. Some people take on leadership roles mostly focused on the potential to earn and influence more. Others are promoted into leadership roles because they were effective in their functional role; a salesperson becoming a sales director. The false assumption often made is that a solid performance in a functional role will also result in a solid performance in a leadership role. Your leadership experience is a rich asset and one that you can continue to build on. Gain the benefit of learning from and with other leaders.

This seminar is designed to be a supportive toolkit to those in leadership roles. It will allow for discussions and exploration of strategies to respond to the most common challenges leaders face. An opportunity to determine the best direction to navigate with greater ease those current challenges you are facing.   

You are encouraged to bring with you challenges you’d like to get input on. You don’t need to face a leadership challenge for the first time with no resources to work with.   Gain the benefit from the experiences of all the other leaders in the room. 

Meeting Leadership Challenges is a required seminar for the Series for Excellence in Leadership.

Consider other new leadership programming for 2018 - 2019 - Leadership 2.0 and Risk Management Toolkit for Leaders.

DATES - 1 Day Seminar

March 13, 2020
May 22, 2020

 $420 + HST
Facilitator: Michael Kennedy, BSc, CAE, MEd
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Program Content

Topics to be discussed and addressed include

  • The sandwich effect
  • Conflict between what upper management wants and what employees want
  • Reporting relationships
  • Confidences

Actioning a decision from your superior you don’t agree with

  • How to deal with the superior
  • How to deal with your employees

Employee behaviour

  • Harassing behaviour
  • Illegal behaviour
  • Immoral behaviour
  • Unethical behaviour
  • Disrespectful behaviour
  • Unsafe behaviour
  • Challenge to your authority

Lack of resources

  • Funding
  • Staffing
  • Expertise
  • Authority

Unrealistic expectations from

  • Employees
  • Superiors
  • Customers/clients 

What You Will Learn

  • Discover the common challenges every leader faces and how to appropriately handle them
  • Gain knowledge and tools to eliminate or reduce challenges before they occur
  • Build capacity to more confidently address challenges that arise in the future

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • lead people whether it is at the front line or in middle management