Leadership Topics

From your executive team to your high-potentials we partner with you to create customized leadership development programs to suit every level of learning you need across your organization. Here are the topics we cover today (and we’re constantly in the midst of custom creating new topics for clients):

Building Trust

Trust is the cornerstone of any successful team yet is a challenge for many to develop and maintain. In order to overcome the challenge, it’s important to look at how trust, or lack of trust, contributes to the way our teams and organizations function. With trust, candour is encouraged, information is shared, and collaboration becomes the norm – without it, organizations start to function as distinct and separate silos. This session focuses on trust at three levels: self-trust, relationship trust, and organizational trust and how each contributes to the success of teams and organizations.

Creating Strong Teams

Effectively building strong teams has been one of leaders’ greatest challenges for as long as organizations have existed. New ways of working mean we may go weeks, or months without actually seeing some of our team members face-to-face, and the constant challenges posed by shifting demographics make it clear that we have to look at new ways to inspire high performance from our teams. The session explores team dynamics and the stages of team development, with a focus on increasing cohesion and results, to get the most from collaboration across the organization.

Decision Making

Decision making is a key piece in a leader’s job and at times one of the most challenging. This session walks through a tested model for weighing options and making decisions. Leaders will apply the model to a current situation. The model introduces ways to clarify the objectives of the decision, seek meaningful and reliable information to support decision making, generate creative options, consider outcomes and consequences of options, and evaluate options against desired objectives and outcomes.

Developing Others Through Coaching

As a leader, your boat only floats as high as the tide, and the tide is your team. It’s not how good you are that counts, it’s how well you can support the growth and development of your team members. This session approaches coaching from a place of curiosity and openness, applying a framework for coaching conversations that produces consistent behaviour change and increased capabilities.

Difficult Conversations

Effectively managing conflict in your organization is key to building high performing teams and a stronger organization. Sensitive or difficult issues are often softened or avoided. Honest conversations are difficult for many leaders and the first step to mastering them is to shift our mindset to a growth mindset, wherein these conversations are opportunities to develop as leaders. In this session, participants apply a framework to prepare for a difficult conversation they need to have from a place of openness and collaboration.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)* (Full Day)

Emotional Intelligence defines a set of skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, cope with challenges, develop and maintain social relationships, and use emotional information in an effective way. The focus of this session is to identify behaviours that support or hinder effectiveness. Leaders will build a strong foundation of Emotional Intelligence to support individuals, relationships, careers, and business results.

Emotional Intelligence Module 2

Emotional Intelligence Module 2 applies the foundational learnings of Emotional Intelligence to case studies and scenarios that focus on practical improvement in the moment. This session explores more resources and applications to improve specific aspects of emotional intelligence and invites leaders to become increasingly aware of the impact of their emotions on their teams.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Because we often think of feedback as uncomfortable, it may require a mindset shift to embrace it as a developmental tool versus a difficult conversation, and as something we should seek as much as we give. This session introduces a framework for giving feedback and provides keys for soliciting and receiving feedback from others – both essential to improving performance.

Influencing Sideways

Influence and persuasion are key elements to building and leveraging strong working relationships. This session gets people thinking about how influence affects them day-to-day and helps participants develop competence in using influence. This session will introduce major sources of influence in the workplace and deliver an understanding of how and when to use key sources of influence. Participants will identify their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement in influencing others.

Leading By Example

How leaders think and behave has an enormous impact on team values and culture. Most people would agree that leading by example is crucial, yet very few people ever stop to ask what leading by example really looks like, how leaders can practice it more rigorously, and how the power of leading by example can be fully leveraged to drive business results. This session provides a practical model for learning to talk the talk and walk the walk in a way that is consistent with your unique skills and the organization’s vision, strategy, and values.

Leading Change

An organization’s success depends on its ability to adapt to a changing environment and coordinate many moving parts. It is all too common that organizational change initiatives fail, mainly because the organization never wins its employee’s commitment. This session explores how to manage change from an organizational, personal, and leadership perspective.

Leading Effective Meetings

Productive meetings move work forward; unproductive meetings waste valuable resources in lost time, money, and opportunity. Knowing when to hold a meeting (and when not to), how to craft a purposeful and efficient agenda, developing meeting norms and facilitating meeting dynamics are all crucial leadership skills. Knowing how to follow up on actionable meeting outcomes and create accountability structures is essential to complete the work loop and move the work forward. This session focuses on practical tools to create meaningful change in meeting norms and, therefore, team culture and productivity.

Opening Lines of Communication

Communication is more than technique – it is a reflection of how we think about and see the world. Knowing communication is less about what we say (or don’t say) and more about what we think and believe to be true, can cause a shift in how we communicate with others. The result is emotionally intelligent communication that empowers leaders, teams and organizations. This session offers a framework for communication that focuses on understanding what’s going on for others, recognizing our own biases, and creating aligned action.

Organizational Communication

In this era of information overload, the ability to communicate effectively across the organization is becoming increasingly challenging. While technology enables the speed of communication, its impact on the quality of our communication is questionable and results in different ideas about how best to communicate for action and clarity. This session establishes the rules of engagement of communicating on teams and throughout the organization. Successful implementation will reduce frustration and silos and increase collaboration and results.

Performance Management Conversations

Successful performance management aligns individual goals to strategy, inspires high performance, engages employees, manages poor performers, and supports high achievers. This session prepares participants to execute effective performance management conversations by understanding the principles of performance management and how to align performance management systems with performance conversations.

Performance-Based Leadership

When we make an overall assessment of someone’s abilities and lead them based on that assessment, we may create a mismatch between what they need for a particular task or area of responsibility and what we give them from a leadership perspective. Defying the one-size fits all leadership approach, this session provides a roadmap for aligning our leadership style with people’s competence and motivation levels.

Presentation Skills

A leader should always be ready to convey a clear succinct message to their audience. Strong presentation skills are a key way to influence beliefs and inspire action – increasing acceptance of new ideas and helping you lead, influence and inspire others every time you speak. This session helps participants increase their confidence to speak with certainty, credibility, and create genuine connections with people. Participants will learn best practices to enable them to choose the right communication strategy for any situation, ensuring they present ideas clearly, concisely, and memorably.


Leaders are measured by their ability to handle tough situations and recover quickly from setbacks. In other words, they are measured by how resilient they are. This session focuses on four primary aspects of cultivating resilience – managing stress, fostering a growth mindset, leading under pressure, and developing resilient teams. The result: leaders develop more grit, work becomes more enjoyable, and teams become more adaptable.

Strategic Thinking

Thinking strategically means thinking in new, game changing ways. It means making the shift from short to long-term thinking around what’s going on in our teams, our areas of the business, across the company, and where the organization fits into its competitive landscape. This session aims to help participants stay ahead of the curve, by focusing on key habits to look beyond what’s happening now and take a fresh perspective about the future.

Time & Energy Management

It is not uncommon for leaders to spend their days overwhelmed with email, meetings, and in-the-moment demands on our time. Being able to exercise conscious control over where we spend our time allows us to make an important shift in focus from activities to results. This session explores the tools and habits that support effective time management by introducing new routines and patterns of behaviour to better manage conflicting priorities and reduce the time-related stress in our lives.

Working with Different Personality Styles*

Personality and behavioural trait assessments offer unique insight into what makes us tick. Understanding your own style and preferences translates to understanding your strengths and weaknesses, why you communicate the way you do, your ability to work in teams, and your leadership effectiveness. This session seeks to bring a common language to your communication style and awareness of how you can interact with other styles more effectively. Understanding your style is a great step towards getting better results, becoming a better communicator, and building better relationships


Each session is a half-day unless otherwise specified. Half-day experiences are priced at $3750. Full day experiences are $7500. Prices do not include customization and each session is part of an overall program (we only do programs we know will generate real changes in behaviour for your leaders). Our year-long Ready-to-Launch programs start at $45,000.
*Additional cost for assessments