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The Essentials of Being a Leader

Strategic Leadership Development International
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1, 2, or 3 Days
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The Essentials of Being a Leader

In today’s business environment, every manager and executive needs solid leadership skills.  Develop effective leadership at every level of your organization with The Essentials of Being a Leader. This proven and intensive training program from Strategic Leadership Development International (SLDI) provides robust leadership training in a highly flexible format.


Participants explore the lines of distinction between leadership and management, while also learning how to integrate the two so that their personal leadership and management styles work hand-in-glove. The Essentials of Being a Leader highlights four distinguishing marks of great leaders. And it thoroughly examines basic people-skills which are essential for leadership success.

The content of The Essentials of Being a Leader is adapted from SLDI’s proprietary LeaderTrack Professional Development Series for Managers and Leaders, which has been used by Fortune 100 companies.

One, Two, and Three-Day Formats

The structure of The Essentials of Being a Leader allows the course to be taught in a variety of formats. A condensed, but complete version can be delivered in one day of instruction.

Fuller presentations, covering two or three days, expand the material in each section of the course, take up additional fundamentals of leadership, and add more class exercises.

In North America, multi-day sessions do not need to be on consecutive days. Many companies, indeed, opt for this option, scheduling one day of training every few weeks or once a quarter.

Who should attend?

The Essentials of Being a Leader is suitable for executives, managers, and supervisors who may have management experience, but who could profit from a thorough study of what constitutes leadership.

Training content

Topics included in The Essentials of Being a Leader will vary based on the needs of the client. However, below is an outline of topics commonly covered in the condensed, one-day version:

Distinguishing traits of great leaders

  • Character and integrity
  • Commitment to the effort they lead
  • Courage
  • Confidence in themselves and their people

Are you a manager? Or a leader?

  • The mandate and roles of management
  • The mandate and definition of leadership
  • Eight functional differences between leadership and management
  • Pairing leadership and management into a partnership

A starting point for leadership: develop a sense of shared purpose

  • Creating clarity around vision and direction
  • Underscoring the ultimate "why" behind a leader's vision
  • Explaining the vision compellingly

The people-centric nature of leadership

  • Three key questions which distinguish leaders from managers
  • What makes people tick - Basic insights
  • Looking at the leader-follower relationship with the help of neuro-science
  • How to bring out the best in people
  • How to foster an atmosphere that allows people to flourish
  • How to improve trust within the organization

The management side of leadership

  • How to translating vision and strategy into a plan for action
  • Delegation and empowerment
  • How to maintain a culture of accountability
  • Eleven management styles for leaders

SLDI can also fine-tune The Essentials of Being a Leader to include unique topics which meet leadership training needs which you've identified.

Course delivery details

Training Format

This content of The Essentials of Being a Leader is presented in a setting of dialogue and open interaction between the instructor and the participants and among the participants themselves. Breakout sessions and class discussion are frequent throughout the training.

Offered Virtually or In Person

Because the course is so interactive, it is best taught face-to-face in a group setting. Strategic Leadership Development International can teach the course effectively, however, by way of a teleconference or in a virtual classroom.

Participant Materials

The presentation of each topic is supported by extensive use of projected graphics. The participants receive detailed notebooks which contain these graphics and a substantive summary of vital course content. This allows participants to focus on the presentation itself without feeling a need to take extensive notes.


The Essentials of Being a Leader is taught by Dr. Mike Armour, the founder and managing principal of Strategic Leadership Development International, who has taught this material on four continents.


This course can be taught in 1, 2, or 3 day versions.

The standard fee in North America is:

  • $2750 for 1-day version
  • $4750 for 2-day version
  • $6250 for 3-day version.

For locations outside North America, there is a $600 per day surcharge on the standard fee

The course can also be taught in multiple half-day formats. In this case, the standard fee in North America is:

  • $1450 for the first day
  • $1200 per day for all subsequent days

Outside North America:

  • $2050 for the first day
  • $1800 per day for subsequent days

About SLDI

Strategic Leadership Development International

SLDI specializes in leadership development programs for executives, top-level and emerging managers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and institutional boards. SLDI's services include: Training and workshops customized for specific leadership, management, and communication skills Executive coaching and mentoring Team-Building and strategy facilitation Consulting...

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10000 N. Central Expressway
75231 Dallas Texas

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