Leadership Academy

The Cabrillo College Leadership Academy is a 12-week program focused on helping you develop as a leader!

Your development as a leader is a journey, and those who succeed are the ones who have a clear destination, an inner compass, and a map of the territory to guide them. To be successful, you need to understand what others expect of you, and you need to have a firm understanding of your personal leadership strengths and challenges. You also need to be able to mobilize and motivate groups of people to achieve results, and drive organizational change.

You’ll learn the necessary skills in this 12-week certificate program which is designed to demonstrate and teach the importance of credibility, accountability and responsibility for individuals at all levels. We provide a performance-based approach to learning the skills you need to become leaders within your organization and in your personal life.

Come to Cabrillo Extension’s Leadership Academy and transform into the leader you want to be!

Module 1
Exemplary Leadership Practices

What makes a great leader? Explore your own answer to this question and see how it compares to the consistent answers found in the many years of leadership research. In this course session, you will:

  • Explore the characteristics that develop credibility as a leader
  • Learn what the research says about the practices of exemplary leaders
  • Design your unique plan to implement the practices that will support your development as a leader
Module 2
Developing as a Leader: Your Personal Story

Great leadership is a very personal journey. It starts with a rich understanding of a leader’s role and continues as you clarify your personal values, strengths, and challenges. In this class, you will:

  • Understand the common stages of leadership development and the competencies needed for success
  • Evaluate different leadership styles and the impact of each
  • Discover your values and how to manage your time in accordance with them
Module 3
Building Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness

To be emotionally intelligent means to demonstrate self-awareness and self-regulation, as well as to have social awareness so that you can cultivate your relationships and build trust with others.  Emotional Intelligence empowers you to communicate with a higher degree of competence so you inspire others to be confident in their self-expression. In this course, you will:

  • Understand the emotions behind difficult employee behaviors and the valuable role they play
  • Develop techniques for greater self-awareness and supporting employee challenges
  • Learn how to be a resilient leader and manage stress
Module 4
Behavioral Communication

People give and receive information in unique ways. In order to communicate most effectively, we need to understand how to interpret the behaviors and language of others. Once we understand the needs behind behaviors, we can then relate them to our own needs in order to collaborate and support each other.  In this course, you will:

  • Learn how to observe and translate the behaviors of others
  • Adjust your communication to meet the needs of others
  • Utilize behavioral communication to provide appropriate support
Module 5
Collaborative Thinking and Communicating

In order to enhance creativity and collaboration, we must be able to discuss issues from multiple perspectives.  We become more efficient, make better decisions, and collaborate when we have a common language and process to work through ideas and conflict.  Build trust, commitment and results in your organization through collaborative thinking. In this course, you will:

  • Learn a thinking and communication process that empowers multiple perspectives and collaboration
  • Utilize this process to generate ideas, solve problems, and make decisions
  • Arrange your thinking and communication in a pattern to encourage alignment with others
Module 6
Making Meetings Work: The Essentials

In today’s workplace, we use meetings to get work done. Meetings provide an opportunity to clearly communicate expectations, information, and feedback that enable us to prioritize and align our work. In this essential leadership course, you will learn to make the most of your meeting time. In this course, you will:

  • Write an agenda and create roles to effectively facilitate a meeting
  • Design a meeting process that gets results and saves time
  • Stimulate the “right kind” of conflict in a meeting
Module 7
Persuasive Presentations

Within organizational life, we are often called to give presentations that motivate others to take action.  Enhance your delivery by understanding the key aspects of persuasive presentations. In this course, you will:

  • Learn how to research your presentation topic
  • Create credible, relevant, and motivating points
  • Design a persuasive presentation
Module 8
Setting Goals and Achieving Results

One of your primary responsibilities as a leader is to drive your team toward results. This involves being crystal clear about where you are heading, and why, and then managing the needs, expectations and workload of your team in order to achieve those results. In this course, you will:

  • Explore how you use your time and to manage it appropriately
  • Create SMART Goals and follow-up plans that lead to desired results
  • Identify and breakdown organizational goals into daily activities to ensure alignment and accountability
Module 9
Effective Delegation

Delegating effectively is an essential leadership skill and responsibility. You need to be able to identify an employee’s strengths and weaknesses, select and delineate work tasks clearly, and appropriately monitor the execution of the tasks throughout the employee development process. In this course, you will:

  • Identify tasks that you can safely delegate
  • Evaluate tasks to determine how to delegate
  • Utilize the proper level of employee support after delegating a task
Module 10
Problem Solving and Decision Support

We make decisions and solve problems every moment, yet it is a constant struggle with dueling options and critical choices.  In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of the problem solving process. This process allows you to get to the heart of problems so that you properly identify your choices and feel confident in your possible solutions. In this course, you will:

  • Learn a simple process for problem solving
  • Connect financial returns to potential solutions
  • Practice a root cause analysis and solution assessment
Module 11
Organizational Change

Great performance and effective decision-making requires a fundamental understanding of an organization. In this course, we will provide a process to look at both internal and external factors that impact the success of an organization. You will learn about the critical activities and decisions that will benefit the organization. Understand your organization’s competitive advantage and align your priorities to the organization’s strategy. In this course, you will:

  • Learn a process to describe how organizations create value for their customers
  • Assess and improve alignment of your activities to the strategic goals of your organization
  • Recognize changes in the external environment and anticipate the impact on organizational operations
Module 12
Leading Organizational Change

As a leader, you are called upon to lead yourself and others through change. It is critical to understand the process of change so you support and guide others appropriately. In times of change, it is important for us to deepen our capacity to act with presence, purpose and awareness as we lead others toward new horizons. In this course, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of your role as a change leader 
  • Learn valuable communication skills that will inspire and motivate your people
  • Explore and apply a dynamic model for leading organizational change
About the Instructor

Jennifer Mount has over 15 years of experience in the design and facilitation of professional and leadership development curriculum. Her work has crossed the globe and many industries and has coached Fortune 500 Companies such as Microsoft, 3M, and Amgen as well as start-ups, non-profits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to help enhance employee leadership skills and work performance.