Kishwaukee College Business Development Department is offering its successful Leadership Development Program, titled True Leadership, in the fall semester at the College. Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Business Development at Kishwaukee College stated, “True Leadership provides new and experienced managers and supervisors the tools necessary to become the leader that achieves the company’s vision. The program is comprised of seven, four-hour classes that, when taken in order, progress through the stages of true leadership development.”
Participants may register for select classes or for the entire series. Each individual class costs $199. A 30% discount is available to employers who commit to sending four or more employees to all seven classes. The course will be offered at two locations: CHS, Inc, 1900 Steward Road in Rochelle and at Kishwaukee College. The first class at CHS begins August 23 and the first class at Kishwaukee begins August 30. There is one class each month (no class in December) through March 2017. Gallagher said, “Both series will be open to anyone who wants to participate. Participants do not need to choose one series over the other. They can pick and choose which classes they’d like to attend based on the dates that work best for them.”
The seven class modules are (dates for Rochelle and Kishwaukee are indicated in parentheses with Rochelle dates listed first) – Leading and Management: Leadership 101 (8/23 and 8/30); Leadership That Works for Everyone (DISC) 9/21 and 9/28); Emotional Intelligence (10/18 and 10/25); Conflict and Difficult People: Analysis, Communication and Resolution (11/16 and 11/9); Delegation/Employee Growth: Motivation and Coaching (1/24 and 1/17); Leading a Diverse Workforce (2/22 and 2/15); and Recognizing and Rewarding Employees in Meaningful Ways (3/21 and 3/28).
The series is led by four experienced trainers, all of whom have years of learning and development experience through their work with private and public industry. The four trainers are John Smith, Joe Doe, Bill Smithers, and Kirk Hamsher. Participants in the Spring Semester series offered nothing the but praise for the experience. Lynn Smith, HR professional with CHS Ethanol in Rochelle, stated, “You really take away something you can use from every class. Plus the small class size allows for better interaction. You get to know people and share information.” Also from CHS was Chris Speiden, a shift supervisor. “I am new in the supervisor role,” he stated. “Many of the classes really make you more self-aware of how you interact with people. This class will help me lead and supervise much more effectively.”
Steve Rogala is a maintenance supervisor with CST in DeKalb. “The skills I am learning in this class will help me be better at my job and be more successful by helping my team be successful.” Though the Spring session included heavy representation from manufacturing, all the participants agreed that the series offers something for everyone in all fields. Chris Spieden summed it up simply, “Every workplace has people and this series is about communicating and interacting with people to make everyone work better.”
For more information about the series or to register, contact Melissa Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 815-825- 9466.
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