Leading Edge

Leading Edge Website Header

Applications for the 2017-2018 program year have concluded. Program information for the 2018-2019 program will be available later this year. Please contact Megan Smith Jovanovic, Vice President of Talent Development, with any questions.

About the program

Specifically for the next generation of women leaders in the workplace, Leading Edge helps you create a successful path forward by teaching practical concepts and offering a hands-on practicum in the leadership skills you need.

Leading Edge is targeted to high-performing women who are currently leading projects and/or people in the workplace. A minimum of four years professional experience is required.

LEADING EDGE is right for you if you:

  • Are ready to take personal inventory and accountability of your leadership potential
  • Want to cultivate a strong skill set—from basic to advanced—as a confident and inspirational leader
  • Desire an actionable plan for immediate on-the-job application of key concepts, skills, tips and tools
  • Are looking for an opportunity to become connected with other like- minded women

Expert leadership trainer, Barbara Rapaport, will guide Leading Edge participants through five, three-hour sessions that incorporate reflective dialog, large- and small-group exercises, case studies/real-life scenarios, and experimentation through reflective practice.

Session Topics

Session 1: Intentional Listening and Responding
Develop a sensitivity to how different approaches to listening and responding can impact your capacity for empathy; identify emotional triggers that may impede your ability to listen and respond with intentionality; practice strategies aimed at demonstrating emotional intelligence.

Session 2: Leading Through Difficult Conversations
Gain an understanding of the conscious and unconscious elements of difficult conversations; discover your viewpoint on the value of conflict in leadership situations; practice strategies intended to navigate conflict effectively.

Session 3: Engaging with High Performing Teams
Identify how leaders contribute to creating and sustaining effective teams; be exposed to a method for analyzing team effectiveness; discover strategies to inspire accountability at individual and team levels.

Session 4: Becoming Who You Intend to Be
Determine the values that you will strive never to compromise; map out your life/career timeline in a way that aligns with these values and your aspirations for the future; identify strategies that can help you thrive no matter where you are on the journey.

Session 5: Reflecting Back, Moving Forward
Revisit the frameworks you’ve been exposed to in the program; reinforce key concepts, skills, and personal insights; discuss strategies for integrating what you’ve learned today and in the future.

The 2017 Leading Edge class is limited to 40 participants.

Lead Supporter

Spectrum Health