LEAD Certificate Program

"Leadership belongs to those who take it." ~Sheryl Sandberg

Hawkeye Community College understands that success in your business hinges on developing your leaders. The LEAD Certificate Program was designed with your business in mind, each session in this series of ten builds on the previous class. After each class participants will document an action plan and implement key knowledge and skills back on the job and report back results at the next class. Investing in your people today will pay off at your business tomorrow!

Who Should Attend

  • New and emerging leaders
  • Managers who want improved results
  • Professionals wanting to advance their career
  • Individuals preparing for management, supervision, and leadership positions

Training Topics


What Style is Your Management (DISC®)

What kind of manager are you? In this kick-off class you will discover your leadership style and strengths through the DiSC® profile. This effective assessment will give you insight about your management style, and it will give you a framework and strategies to work with the other DiSC® profiles who have different temperaments, communication

styles and end goals. Equipped with this knowledge, you will be able to make lasting improvements in your leadership, your team’s effectiveness and both internal and external customer relationships.

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Lisa Schaefer


Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

More than ever, leaders must be willing to develop a high emotional acumen in order to lead and understand their team members. People want to be seen and treated as people. Gone are the days that we can simply treat people as things. What we know and have known for many years is that business is done through relationships and relationships require emotions. The key is tapping into the best of our emotions and developing effective strategies to minimize the emotions that hurt our opportunities to perform and influence.

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Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Leadership No-No's that Lead to Legal Issues

You can make a lot of mistakes in business, especially as a new leader or supervisor, but none more detrimental to the company than a lawsuit. Join us for this interactive session about some of the biggest areas to watch and biggest mistakes to avoid. Leave with some key tips on how to protect yourself, as well as your employer and employees from the huge losses that these legal issues can cost your organization.

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Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Lynn Smith


Problem Solving

Solving problems is critical to the success of any leader. This course teaches proven methodologies and approaches for problem solving by giving participants a standard to follow. These standards help determine cost, expectations, consequences, and involvement of others.

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Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Don McKee


Performance Management and Evaluation

Effective managers are able to maximize the capabilities and talents within the teams they lead. By managing the performance of your direct reports you are able to unleash the employees' strengths and develop strategies to support their limitations. This class will provide you with foundational skills and tools used by successful managers such as goal setting, coaching, and performance evaluations.

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Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Casey Reynolds


Difficult Conversations: Addressing Difficult Employees

Managing performance is critical to organizational success. Leaders at all levels must set clear expectations, provide the resources and support as well as the feedback to help employees perform. When employees present difficult behavior it can be time consuming and frustrating. This session will focus on strategies that will help identify triggers, prepare for tough conversations, and focus on the words to say.

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Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman


Remarkable Leadership

Everyone who is a team lead, supervisor, or manager has a reputation when it comes to what kind of leader they are. In this class, we will discuss what you can do to earn the trust and respect of others so that you can have a reputation for being a remarkable leader. Together we will focus on how you can connect your roles and responsibilities with your strengths and core values so that you are better able to lead in ways that make you, your team, and your company as successful as possible.

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Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman


Motivating and Engaging Employees

Motivating and engaging your employees is key to your success as a leader. Good managers are able to help people feel confident, motivated and valued. This session will focus on the key strategies that will help you lead your team to higher productivity, lower turnover, innovation and improved business results.

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Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Vicki Parsons


Listen to Me — The Top 10 Things Employees Want You to Know About Them

When asked, most team members feel they are performing well in their jobs and don't see any problems with their performance. Imagine the surprise when the leader doesn't see their performance the same way? We will discuss why there is often a difference of opinion between leaders and their direct reports regarding how they work and what gets accomplished. In addition, we will review solutions to the ten areas of “disconnect” between leaders and their team members.

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Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Terry Whitson


Inspired for Greatness

Learn ways to motivate, influence and inspire the people within your team in order to keep them engaged, fulfilled, and enthused about the work they are doing on a daily basis. These key intangibles are important in reducing turnover and increasing overall job satisfaction.

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Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Time: 8:00am–Noon
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Classes meet the second Tuesday of the month February through December (except July) on Hawkeye's Main Campus at Buchanan Hall in the Advanced Technology and Business Center.

Space is limited to 35 students.

Cost: $1,025 per person for the first two employees; $925 for each additional employee. Cost includes the Real Colors Assessment.

To register, complete the LEAD Registration Form [pdf] and email the completed form to Corporate and Business Solutions.

Registration deadline: January 31, 2021

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