Leadership

Leadership

Aivaras Abromavicius

Lithuanian-born Ukrainian investment banker and politician, Former Ukraine's Minister of Economy and Trade.


Course Description and Goals:

In a fast changing world there is always a lot of debate about the role of leadership in a success of an organization. What is a difference between management and leadership? How to transition from one role to another? How to be an effective person and a leader? How to hire, motivate and retain a group of highly talented and ambitious people? How to improve and be a better leader to keep up with the changing world?

The course begins with the basic information about what a leader IS and IS NOT. It also describes various leadership styles and obviously dwells which styles of leadership suit for modern, yet pressing times as we experience in Ukraine. We also focus on how to be an efficient person to lead the team of other smart, highly motivated people. Time management and meeting management techniques are important, as well as overall strategies of hiring, motivating and retaining the best talent. We also discuss what makes the great teams ‘tick’ and outperform others. Importance and ways of communicating success and difficult matters both internally and externally is also going to be discussed. And much more.

Methodology:

The course is going to be based on suggested literature but mainly on the real life examples from both business and government work in Ukraine and abroad.

Instruction Language:

mainly Russian, some English.

Course Length and Structure:

Course I duration is 4 days. Each session is three hours long with one fifteen minutes break in-between.

Topics:

Lecture 1. BASICS: WHAT A LEADER IS, IS NOT AND WHAT ARE THE LEADERSHIP STYLES
  • Intro
  • What Leadership Is NOT
  • Management vs Leadership
  • Multiple styles of leadership
  • What does it take to be an effective leader?
  • First days in a leadership position
Lecture 2. EVERYDAY SITUATIONS: HOW TO HIRE, BUILD, MOTIVATE AND RETAIN A WINNING TEAM
  • Rule no 1 – hire well
  • How to manage a group of ambitious, talented individuals
  • What motivates your subordinates
  • Encouragement and empowerment
  • Measuring performance of your employees
  • Time management
  • Meetings management
  • What makes a great team ‘tick’?
Lecture 3.  COMMUNICATION: INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY
  • Providing feedback
  • How to convince other people
  • Dealing with skeptical, negative, under/performing people
  • Dealing with external stakeholders
  • Finding compromises
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Firing and communicating unpopular decisions
  • Importance of external communication
  • Improving communication skills
Lecture 4.  SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
  • Applying training to real life
  • Group work
  • Final thoughts
  • Evaluation and feedback

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