Leadership Foundations - Virtual Training

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  • Leadership Foundations

    Practical Tools for New & Future Leaders

    New leaders regularly report they are overwhelmed and underprepared for their leadership role. Managers are often thrust into their role because they are great at their specific job; however, they lack the necessary foundational knowledge and skills to lead people. This leadership development program is focused on the “how to’s” of leadership. Leadership Foundations is comprised of five 3-hour-sessions designed to give new or future leaders the knowledge and practical tools they need to be prepared for their leadership role. 

    Every session ends with a commitment from each participant to start one new leadership behavior and stop one non-leadership behavior. Participants will be assigned a partner to hold each other accountable in applying the concepts learned. Supervisors of participants will be provided coaching forms to help them ask key questions to reinforce what is being learned. Participants will walk away with a tailored development plan to continue their leadership journey.

  • Training Details

    Cost: $795 

    Online Platform: Zoom.US 

    For Participation You Will Need: A computer, laptop, iPad, or smart phone with a working webcam, Internet access

    Register Now - Class sizes are limited for maximum engagement - register today to reserve your spot. Once registered, you will receive details on how to join the Zoom Meeting Virtual Training. 

    If you have any questions, need help registering, or would like to be invoiced for this event, please contact: Alec McGuire, Training & Event Coordinator at (616) 608-9684 or Alec.McGuire@ExpressPros.com.

  • 2022 Training Sessions

    • Jan. 13 - Feb. 10 | Thursdays | 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
    • Apr. 12 - May 10 | Tuesdays | 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
    • July 14 - Aug. 11 | Thursdays | 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)
    • Oct. 4 - Nov. 1 | Tuesdays | 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

  • Who Is This Training Program For?

    This training program is designed for new managers, future managers, and employees with leadership potential. This program is also well suited for those who need a refresher on the essential leadership skills, have never received formal leadership training, or who are struggling to guide their teams. This program is ideal for managers and leaders in administrative, office, and general professional settings.

    For leaders in manufacturing or industrial settings consider our Supervisor Boot Camp program or for those looking for advanced leadership training consider our Purpose Driven Leadership Training.

  • Participants of Leadership Foundations Will Learn

    • The definition of leadership
    • Their own tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses in a leadership role
    • How to hire smart and get the right people on the bus
    • How to develop the five key behaviors of a cohesive team: Trust, Productive Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Attention to Results
    • How to assess the three areas of employee motivation
    • How to think critically and make smart decisions
    • How to lead effective meetings with a clear purpose and outcome
    • How to have a one-on-one with direct reports
    • How to create a scoreboard which helps people know they are winning
    • HR essentials to support and reinforce company policies
    • How to transition from “team-member” to “team-leader”

    This training program is approved for 15 SHRM and HRCI credits.

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  • Foundations of Leadership Training Program Outline

    TOPIC 1: Leadership 101

    What Is Leadership and What Kind of Leader Are YOU?

    Participants will learn a concrete definition of leadership and the behaviors that contribute to or take away from their ability to lead. This session includes an individual assessment, giving participants insight into their own leadership tendencies, strengths, and challenges. The information from this assessment will continue to illuminate these strengths and challenges throughout the program and help create individualized action plans for each participant.  

    TOPIC 2: Developing, Empowering, and Motivating People

    They Key to Employee Engagement and Retention

    Participants will learn how to assess the development needs and create development plans for their team. Participants will be given a guide to having great one-on-ones which leave their employees with clarity, focus, motivation, and feeling empowered. Participants will identify key coaching questions to ask and how to give feedback that is clear and supportive.

    TOPIC 3: Creating a Cohesive Team

    Developing the Key Traits of an Effective Team

    Participants will learn how to hire the right people and how to develop a cohesive team. Participants will be able to identify the five key factors of a healthy team and have the tools to develop these five traits in their team. Participants will learn how to create a team who trusts one another, holds each other accountable, and is committed to a shared goal.

    TOPIC 4: Decisive Problem-Solving

    How to Make Smart Decisions

    Participants will develop the ability to be a decisive leader. In this session participants will learn a four-step process for decision-making and critical thinking. This framework will help participants identify common mistakes and their own challenges when making decisions. Participants will apply this model using real life scenarios faced by leaders in similar positions.

    TOPIC 5: HR Essentials for Managers

    Understanding Key HR Policies for Workplace Excellence

    New leaders need a working knowledge of important policies and procedures to help support human resources. With great power comes great responsibility; participants will be able to identify key workplace policies and assist HR in the pursuit of creating a safe and law compliant workplace. Participants will understand key policies to be mindful of, such as discrimination and harassment, what a reasonable accommodation, Equal Employment Opportunity practices, and how and when to involve HR when compliance issues arise.

    Post Program: Leaders Never Stop Learning 

    Creating a Personal Development Plan for the Leadership Journey

    The greatest leaders never stop learning. The five sessions will wrap up with participants evaluating all tools and principles learned and developing a personal plan to continue to grow in their leadership skills. 

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  • Meet the Trainer

    Ryan Williams

    Leadership & Team Development Specialist

    Ryan Williams serves as a Training Specialist at Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids. He is a certified Everything DiSC facilitator and has his master's in organizational leadership from Cornerstone University. Ryan brings a wide variety of cross cultural leadership experience, having worked previously in Hong Kong and with Native American populations in Alaska. Most recently, Ryan has worked in higher education, developing and implementing training curriculum and programs across the organization.


    Ryan's passion and focus is for everyone to love the place they work. People who love their workplace, work harder and perform better. He brings a unique perspective in helping organizations evaluate their organizational culture, understand cross cultural dynamics, and implement strategies to create better leaders.


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  • Customized Training for Your Company

    Express Employment Professionals is based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, but we provide customized training solutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Our team is happy to create a customized training specifically for a group from your company. This can be hosted at our training center in Grand Rapids or we can travel to your business and host this training on-site. Contact us today for more information.

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