Leading High Performance Teams is a ten-week program for early and middle career leaders that involves two face-to-face workshops, a four-week intervention period and extensive pre and post session work and assessment. It focuses on developing the core skills for effective people leadership through activities, discussion, practical tools, validated instruments and actionable feedback. It is ideal for team leaders and managers with two to ten years’ experience who find it hard to get the best out of their team, but it also offers new insight, valuable revision and consolidation for more experienced leaders.

Testimonials from our Pilot Course

“The Leading High Performance Teams program was a dynamic engaging program. As a new manager I was struggling to find my confidence and faced with the complex situation of managing previous peers.This program gave me the opportunity to reflect on different management styles that were right for my specific staff members, and I walked away with tangible effective management strategies that I could use immediately.  The opportunity to share and learn with peers who were also new to management enhanced my learning.  I would not hesitate to recommend this program to others.” Rebecca Peachey, Manager Career Consulting Services at the Centre for Career Development at Swinburne University

“For me as an existing manager, the course was a great reminder of the different tools and techniques that are available to help drive and motivate my team. I loved how interactive the course was and the open environment that was created from the outset. I would definitely recommend the course to new and existing people managers.” Laura Noonan, Operations Manager at Signal Security.

“Edmund was a wonderful facilitator. He was engaging, humorous and had a way to get you thinking about your leadership style. I was able to leave the course with information that I could implement immediately to make me a better leader. I left the course with new techniques to help communicate with and engage my staff.” Anders Welsh, National Business Development Manager at Lease Plus.

How is it effective?

The course focuses on understanding more about yourself and how this impacts your approach to leadership. This is then compared against the needs of your team in order to identify how you can be a more effective leader. What does this look like? We all have preferences.

Some people feel a strong need to control things and find it hard to avoid micro-managing. Other people are too hands off and find it hard to set clarity and direction for their team. Which is better? It depends.

It depends on the team and the situation. In an expert team with a clear task, team members need autonomy: micro-managing makes them ineffective. In an inexperienced team, team members need more support and failing to set clarity of task, role and responsibility reduces performance. The key is understanding what you tend to do and diagnosing what you need to do. Do you need to be more directing? Do you need to step back? Do you need to provide more support? This course helps you figure these things out and helps you put them into practice.

Who is the facilitator?

Edmund King, a leadership facilitator with thirty years’ experience, has worked with a variety of large organisations such as Telstra, Seek.com, Toyota and NAB and has a keen understanding of how to translate classroom learning into lasting organisational change.

What is the course structure?

First Face-to-Face Session (full day):

  • Overview: What does effective leadership look like? What are the typical mistakes people make?
  • Understanding the self and 360 degree feedback assessment: What are your strengths? What are your potential blind spots? What do you need to focus on?
  • Simulation (supportive conversations): How can you use interpersonal techniques to build trust? How can you help people feel supported?
  • Learning Styles: How do you learn best? What does that mean? How can you use these insights with your team to better cater to their needs?
  • Leadership Styles: How can you adjust your leadership style to suit the situation? What is your tendency? How can this hold you back? How can you leverage this?
  • Practical Tools: “Walk and talk” and checklists attendees can use on a daily basis
  • Action Planning: How are you going to implement these tools at work?

Intervention Period (four weeks):

  • Participants put their learnings into daily practice.

Second Face-to-Face Session (full day):

  • Reflection: How successful were the practical tools at work? Were there any barriers?
  • Organisational charts: What does your project look like? Which team members do you need to focus on?
  • Coaching Simulation: How effective is your coaching style? How can you improve it?
  • Delegation: How do you gauge competency? When should you delegate? When do you need to provide more support?
  • More Practical Tools: Practical tools tailored to your needs that you can use on a daily basis.
  • Action Planning: What are you doing to ensure that you keep improving your tool kit?

Assessment Period (four weeks):

  • Participants write a reflective paper on their experiences and how effectively they implemented their action plans at work.

Leading High Performance Teams will be accredited through the University of Melbourne and can count toward a higher qualification, such as a Specialist Certificate in Leadership. The course is priced at $3,000.

We will be running the course two times in 2016:

Wednesday, June 15; Tuesday, July 12
Wednesday, October 26; Wednesday, November 23