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 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.

2022 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

Feb17

Servant Leadership: Timeless Principles for Changing Times

If you are ready to be the type of leader who wants to make a difference, then this class will put you in the right mindset. Research and studies have shown our employees today want purpose, meaning and connection at work, especially after so many months of recent change and disruption for many of our organizations.

The principles of Servant Leadership serve as a timeless foundation to effectively moving forward as studies continue to show employees feeling more committed and engaged when leaders “serve” their stakeholders and integrate this leadership approach into their daily practices. Learn more about how your predominant leadership style and personality traits impact and affect your organization’s current work culture, especially as it relates to the philosophy of Servant Leadership.

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Dr. Bill Withers

Feb24

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 24, 2022
Time: 9:00–10:00am
Facilitator: Joel Bennett

Mar10

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 10, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Terry Whitson

Apr7

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 7, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Heather Woody

Apr18

Individual Coaching Calls

During this week you will have a scheduled one-hour, one-on-one coaching call with leadership coach, Joel Bennett. This is your time to 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

May5

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 5, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Joel Bennett

June9

Are We Making Money Yet?

Profit is the obvious goal of any business – the ‘bottom line’. In order to answer the question of whether a business is profitable, leaders and managers must interpret and analyze financial reports regularly. Knowing how to read these reports is essential for identifying the financial performance of the organization, department or service line. During this class, you will analyze three main financial reports (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow) and understand the numbers and data within each report. Also, you will define the difference between accrual and cash accounting, and calculate key financial ratios so you can make informed decisions.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 8:00–10:00am
Facilitator: Kathie Rotz

June9

Leaders are Career Architects

We take proactive steps to build a retirement plan, to manage our health, even invest in cars and properties to maintain and create value, but too often leave our own careers to chance. Be the architect of your professional life, starting now. Step one as a leader happens in your current role and decisions – at the place where your expertise, your brand communication, and your relationship network meet – a blueprint. Step two is building out a career vision through strategic learning – digital technologies, industry trends, and people knowledge transfer. This course will touch on topics from LinkedIn and productivity tools to hiring and seeking feedback. Learn how to architect your career, as a professional and as a leader, like a pro.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 10:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Sandra Flikkema

Aug11

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 11, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman

Sept15

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 15, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Heather Woody

Sept26

Individual Coaching Calls

During this week you will have a scheduled one-hour, one-on-one coaching call with leadership coach, Joel Bennett. This is your time to 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 26 – 30, 2021
Facilitator: Joel Bennett

Oct13

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 13, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Terry Whitson

Nov10

Improve Your Critical Thinking, Improve Your Success

Critical thinking is one of the most important skills to improve for future success. Being able to gather the right information from different perspectives in order to make the most accurate decision can have a lasting impact, not only for a current project but for your career. In this class, you will examine common thinking and decision-making mistakes. In addition, you’ll improve your ability to assess problems, identify root causes, generate solutions and determine best alternatives along with their consequences and implications.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman

Dec8

Developing Self-Managing and Emotionally Intelligent Team Members

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 8, 2022
Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
Facilitator: Heather Woody

Registration

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 five 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.

Download a copy of the 2022 ProLEAD brochure [pdf].

Registration deadline: January 28, 2022

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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