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ProLEAD Certificate Program

Becoming a great leader takes an entirely different skill set from where you started as an entry-level employee. Unless you have been taken under the wing of a great mentor or participated in an immersive training program at your organization, you're learning to swim in an ocean of uncharted waters with unpredictable challenges and definite obstacles every day.

The ProLEAD program is designed for those with basic managerial skills who are seeking more guidance and insight on tough topics that keep them up at night, such as terminating employees and confronting difficult people in threatening situations.

Who Should Attend?

This program is the next step for leaders who have attended Hawkeye's LEAD Certificate Program or other comprehensive management or leadership training or have an associate or bachelor's degree in business management. These leaders must also have at least one year of experience with someone reporting directly to them.

ProLEAD Certificate Program Classes

The ProLEAD Certificate program includes ten four-hour classes, two one-hour individual coaching sessions with a professional business coach, and a one-hour Habit Builder Webinar.

To earn the ProLEAD certificate, participants must attend at least seven of the ten classes, dial in to both individual coaching calls, and attend the required one-hour Habit Builder seminar.

* Required


Leadership Strengths

In successful strengths-based organizations, individuals understand their talents and leaders build on team strengths while aggressively managing around weaknesses. In this workshop, participants will dig deeper into their Top 5 Talent Themes, find out why their strengths matter, and understand the critical role leaders have on the engagement levels of their team and how leveraging team strengths can impact significant business outcomes. Complete Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, and come prepared to act on your leadership results.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Tracy McCausland


Habit Builder Webinar *

In this introductory webinar, leadership coach Joel Bennett will help participants identify leadership behaviors they would like to improve throughout the certificate program. Using an individualized process and the Habit Builder tool, each participant will implement these new behaviors into their daily work habits.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 9:00–10:00am
Facilitator: Joel Bennett


Maximizing Your Productivity

Are you stressed because you spend all day working and, at the end of it, really have nothing to show for it? In this session, gain insight when your peak performance time is during the day and what activities you should be doing during that time. Also, find solutions for time wasters, review tips for utilizing work resources, and examine how super productive people get it done.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Terry Whitson


Trust, Respect, and Ethics 

More than ever people are looking for leaders who they can trust and respect. This is built on a foundation of ethics. This class will challenge and inspire you to be that kind of leader we all need now and in the future.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Individual Coaching Call *

You will conduct a one-hour, one-to-one coaching call with leadership coach Joel Bennett. During this time, you will reflect on what you are learning in the program and target new leadership behaviors you want to practice. This is a wonderful opportunity to get personalized coaching, integrate key learnings from the program into your daily leadership habits, and build a plan to measure the impact your efforts are having.

Date: April 26–30, 2021
Facilitator: Joel Bennett


Team Engagement Through Leadership Conversations

According to the 80/20 principle, 80% of the work gets done by 20% of your employees. It's very likely those employees are probably the most engaged at the company, which is why they are the most productive. What if you, as the leader, knew what to do to get more employees engaged? This class will share the key conversations leaders need to have with their teams to impact their company culture and give them a competitive edge.

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Joel Bennett


Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Money talks. If you don't know the language to participate in those budgeting discussions, you are lost. In this session, gain a solid understanding of key financial terms, concepts, and metrics used in budgeting and accounting. Learn how to read financial statements and budget reports along with identifying problems spots and the questions to ask. Build confidence in your business acumen so you are able to track expenses, justify purchase requests, and forecast annual budgets.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Mitch Roose


Skillful Negotiation

Managers negotiate every day – from convincing a direct report to come in on Saturday to reaching a starting salary for a new hire. In this class, you'll discover how to approach different situations, ask better questions, frame the discussions, and analyze the risks along with weighing the various options. You will practice your new negotiation skills in a safe environment with positive feedback from the instructor and other class participants.

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman


Practicing Difficult Conversations

Dealing with difficult people and conducting those conversations is one of the most challenging tasks leaders perform. The only way to make this easier is to simply practice it. This class session is devoted to that. After reviewing the guidelines, several practice scenarios will be arranged and you will practice your skills with direct feedback from the instructor and other class participants. It's true; practice makes perfect.

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Individual Coaching Call *

You will conduct a one-hour, one-to-one coaching call with leadership coach Joel Bennett. During this time, you will reflect on what you are learning in the program and target new leadership behaviors you want to practice. This is a wonderful opportunity to get personalized coaching, integrate key learnings from the program into your daily leadership habits, and build a plan to measure the impact your efforts are having.

Date: September 27–31, 2021
Facilitator: Joel Bennett


Effective Performance Reviews

Are your performance reports making a difference? By the end of this class, you will be better equipped to write and deliver performance reviews that are filled with evidence and value that direct reports appreciate and specifically know what to work on to improve their work performance. Class will practice phrasing sticky scenarios and will be exposed to tools to assist them in the future.

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Terry Whitson


Making Teams Better: Win with Advanced Management Strategies

In this session, a variety of challenging management situations will be discussed along with employee performance management strategy solutions. The topics will include: onboarding new employees, supervising remote staff members, respecting team members, helping employees improve performance, mediating team conflicts, managing in a collective bargaining environment, and making the decision to terminate.

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Lisa Powell


Developing Self-Managing and Emotionally Intelligent Direct Reports

The ultimate goal for a manager is to have self-sufficient, mature employees who are proactive, trusted role models in the organization and community. This is a long road of development that progresses at different speeds and takes different routes depending on the employee. In this session, will be challenged to raise the bar of expectations for their staff and themselves, and leave with ideas on how to do this.

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Classes meet on Hawkeye Community College's Main Campus in Buchanan Hall in the Advanced Technology and Business Center.

Cost: The ProLEAD Certificate Program is $1,795 per person for the first three employees and $1,595 for each additional employee. Participants will receive class materials in one complete binder for future reference.

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

A staff member will contact you to confirm registration and answer any questions. We will invoice your company for the total number of seats to the ProLEAD Certificate Program.

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