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Leadership Training & Development

Leadership impacts the character and culture of an organization, which in turn affects everything else. Leadership, or the lack of it, affects morale, employee engagement, teamwork, communication, customer service, employee turnover, and productivity. In a 2011 study, 79% of respondents estimated they would be, on average, 40% more productive if working for a better leader.

Truly successful organizations focus on developing people in both character and competency. Competency is what we do. Character is what we are.

It’s easier to train and develop the employees in the area of competency. There are many classes to take or books to read on how to train your team to perform the physical aspects of the job. Character is much more difficult to develop but is the key to improving attitude, increasing productivity, morale, employee engagement, and retention. Character is the multiplier, increasing exponentially the qualities of the organization, either positive or negative.

The need for leadership development is not industry specific, nor is there a “one-size-fits-all” approach appropriate for every organization. Top Story Leadership offers a full range of training and development programs for everyone in the organization, from top level, C-Suite executives, to front line employees. 

Program format options include:

  • On-site sessions from one-hour to half, full, or multiple day training programs
  • Virtual or tele-trainings
  • Cultural and leadership assessments
  • Train-the-trainer programs
  • Team or executive retreats and roundtables
  • Partnership summits
  • Lunch’n’Learns
  • Team or individual coaching

Top Story Leadership certified leadership trainers work with organizations that want to invest in their employees and accelerate their organizational growth. We customize each program to fit your organizational budget, goals and needs, so you can tap into the potential of your organization’s greatest asset – your people.

Here’s what some of our clients ask for…

Thousands of dollars are spent selecting, hiring, and training employees, only to have them leave because of the relationship, or lack of one, with their immediate supervisor. Or, sometimes team members disengage mentally but stay physically. Retention and engagement of talent in your organization is largely determined by organizational culture and can be measured by two things: trust and communication. Organizational culture is determined by development of people or defined by the lack of it. 

Front line team members who are highly engaged and actively on board will perform up to 40% better than those who aren’t. Top Story Leadership training for the front line to allow them to understand: how and why to accept more responsibility, how to add value to the company, how and why to be a better team player, how to become more successful as an individual, and how to become a high impact team member.  Developing the front line will impact the bottom line. 

High-performance teams are a key element of organizational success in today’s competitive world. However, creating a high-performance team from a group of unique individuals, and then leading them successfully is one of the biggest challenges in leadership. Top Story Leadership can help with team building in several ways, including: leadership development of the team leader to enhance the skills needed to build, and maintain, a high-performance team; training for the individuals on the team to help them become a cohesive group, or facilitation of a special project in your organization. Top Story Leadership can help your team “Make it Happen!”

Change affects us all, both personally and professionally. How we respond to it determines our short term success and our long term future. In times of change, those who can learn, relearn, and respond will be able to adapt, while those who are not able to relearn will find themselves equipped to deal with the world as it was, not as it is. Equip your team with key tools to be more effective in leading through change, managing change, and dealing with change.

Leaders should focus their efforts and energy on doing what only they can do and delegate other tasks and responsibilities. Effective delegation can develop team members, leverage talent, and increase morale and job satisfaction, all while freeing up time for the leader to focus on other demands. In order for delegation to be effective, both the leader and the team member must be clear on the levels of delegation, the expectations on both sides, and the level of responsibility the team member holds. Help your team be more successful with training for the leader and the team members on effective delegation. 

Managing is the skill to manage a process. Leadership is the ability to influence people. Both are important skills, but without the ability to influence people, a manager will never be able to fully engage his or her team. Equip your managers with the skills, tools, knowledge, and ability to influence people, create a high-performing team, and transform from a manager to a leader.