Leaders of the Future Are Forged Now
Emerging leaders navigate a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape filled with unique obstacles. To thrive in a fast-paced environment, investing in your training and development early is essential to developing the critical skills needed to accomplish goals and achieve success.
Through a collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership, the Emerging Leaders Program was developed through proven research and tailored specifically for Association Forum to provide skills and knowledge that new and experienced leaders need to excel.
Prepare to embark on a personal and professional growth journey that is meaningful, comprehensive, real, and has a lasting impact!
Through this program, you will:
The 2023 Cohort #1 program takes place from October 2023–February 2024.
The 2024 Cohort #1 program takes place from February–June 2024.
Each module frames a common challenge question with steps to overcoming these challenges.
2023 Cohort #1 Dates
2024 Cohort #1 Dates
Virtual | 1–2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Direction, Alignment, Commitment
In-person | 1–5 p.m.
Challenge: How can leaders improve results through effective leadership?
Outcomes: Develop a framework and action plan that enables individuals to work together as a cohesive group to produce collective results that cannot be achieved working as individuals. Understand the difference between a leader and leadership.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Online | Four-week Asynchronous, Self-paced Program
Challenge: What are the four fundamental areas of development leaders must master for success?
Outcomes: Cultivate a self-aware view representing your preferences, priorities, strengths, and weaknesses. Develop your ability to learn from experience and adapt to new situations. Refine communication skills and recognize different influencing styles.
November 1–30, 2023
This part of the program consists of self-paced, asynchronous content to be completed online over the course of four-weeks.
March 1–31, 2024
Influence: The Business of Getting Things Done
Challenge: How can leaders strengthen their influence skills to gain commitment for key initiatives that drive performance, create process improvements, and increase revenue and satisfaction?
Outcomes: Understand why influence is important and identify key components of influence. Recognize personal influence strengths and developmental gaps. Apply influence concepts to real-life situations.
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Feedback That Works
Virtual | 1–5 p.m.
Challenge: How do we confidently give each other direct, honest, and timely feedback without emotion or judgment to achieve our goals?
Outcomes: Provide simple, powerful, and effective feedback to give and receive focused, productive feedback for improved team dynamics and collaboration. Review common mistakes in communicating feedback. Develop an action plan for more effective feedback delivery.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Step Up to Conflict
Challenge: How do we directly address conflict in a way that preserves or improves relationships, creates new opportunities, and increases productivity?
Outcomes: Recognize your own conflict "triggers" and how different values may contribute to conflict. Review a ten-step method for resolving conflict and provides a sound, logical roadmap for action.
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
**All in-person modules will be held at the Association Forum offices (10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 800, Chicago, IL) or in the surrounding suburbs. All times are listed in Central Time (CT).
Early bird pricing expires on January 17, 2024.
Read more about the program.
Who Should Attend
Do any of these sound like you? Join a Cohort today!
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As a CAE Registered Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 18 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.
About the Center for Creative Leadership
The Center for Creative Leadership works with individuals, organizations, and communities
looking to turn today’s challenges into opportunities to lead — with confidence, with clarity, and with a sense of optimism. As one of the world’s top providers of experiential leadership programs, they are driven to lift leaders who lift the world. This mission is part of the fabric of who we are as a nonprofit.
Through our collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership, you'll gain access to premier education tailored for the Association Forum community at an exclusive rate. The collaboration allows you to receive top-notch training and guidance from industry-leading experts, ensuring your development as a world-class leader.
Read more about the Center for Creative Leadership.
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