In 2013, I was asked by the California City Clerks Association to lead a training session called Athenian Dialogue. We used the book "Team of Rivals" and this was the beginning of leadership development training. In addition to the Team of Rivals training, I also offer "Team of Teams" training learning from the military's special operations forces. We also use leadership models including The Chess Master and The Gardner, and many others. Here is a sample of a one day leadership development workshop. Schedules and focus areas can/will be adjusted depending on the target audience.
Team of Rivals
9:00 – 10:00
Introductions. Ask everyone to introduce themselves. Name, job, city, career background, family, most inspirational person in your life/why. Introduce myself.
Introduce the Author
10:00 – 11:00
What is leadership?
Contingency theory or situational theory s
11:00 – 12:00
What’s your style? Take the questionnaire to determine your style.
Ask if they agree with the outcome of the test and the way they are described in parts C and D?
How can you use this information to improve your own communication with people in your organization?
Learning style inventory test. Learning sytle is important because the way you take in, interpret, and absorb information will impact the way you communicate, teach, or coach others.
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch/administrative time
1:30 – 2:30
Learning from Lincoln:
2:30 – 3:30
How to build your own Lincoln Cabinet. In order to do that, you have to identify your strengths and your weaknesses. Write down 5 things you’re good at and 5 things you’re not good at.
What would happen if you asked for help in the areas where you lack skills? (you might end up creating rivals, competition, or you might create a team of people who can draw on each others strengths).
What can you do to renew your team?
3:30 – 4:30 Conclude
Final questions and leadership take-aways
Putting it all into action