To be the best leaders possible, your officers must first look inside, examining their own beliefs, values, attitudes, assumptions, perceptions, priorities, and goals. They must develop empathy, integrity, and vision before taking up the mantle of leading others. As renowned leadership researcher and author, Warren Bennis, noted, “Leaders must know themselves thoroughly before they can hope to lead others.”
While most academies ignore this critical part in the development of leaders, our Leadership Academy takes participants on a journey inside their own thought processes, presenting thought-provoking information in a highly energetic and entertaining way.
We built this program after seeing what works and what doesn’t from other academies. Dr. Serio helped launch SHIELD, the SHeriff’s Institute for Ethical Law Enforcement Development, at the Travis County (Austin) Sheriff’s Office, and was a featured speaker at the Texas Association of Counties Leadership Academy.
- 10 8-hour classes
- Up to 40 participants per class
- Handout material, books
- Exams at the end of each module
- Activities and assignments to be completed between modules
- Certificate of Completion
- Weekly newsletter with actionable recommendations to maintain momentum after class
Classes: Classes are high-energy, high-impact using blended learning approaches including participation, interaction, discussion, written exercises, and video, audio, and photographic material. Each officer will be expected to participate.
Participants: Your officers should form a single unit that progresses through the program together, i.e., the same people should be in every class in order to achieve the best results. The program will be capped at 40 participants.
Handout Materials: Participants will receive a workbook for each module. In addition, each participant will receive a copy of the following books:
- Time Management: 50 Lessons on Finding Time for What’s Important
- Overcoming Fear: 50 Lessons on Being Bold and Living the Dream
- Public Speaking: 50 Lessons on Presenting Without Losing Your Cool
- Being Resilient: 50 Lessons on Leaving Chronic Stress Behind (forthcoming)
- Leadership: 50 Lessons on Inspiring Others to Be Their Best (forthcoming)
- Emotional Intelligence: 50 Lessons on Knowing Who You’re Dealing With (forthcoming)
- Effective Communication: 50 Lessons on How to Hear and Be Heard (forthcoming)
Exams: An exam will be given at the end of each class. This will not be simply a pro forma quiz—instead, it will be a serious test that will require recall, interpretation, and creativity, using a blended approach of true/false questions, multiple choice, essay, and problem solving.
Scheduling: Each module will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Agencies and departments often have varying start times for training programs. Modules should be held within 4-5 weeks of each other in order to fit into the one-year format. In this way, officers will have time to contemplate the material and complete assignments while not losing the continuity of the program.
The Modules: The primary goal of Modules 1-5 is to help individual participants get inside their own thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors to assess the state of their leadership currently and prepare them to move on to a higher level of leadership practice.
The goal of Modules 6-10 is to help your officers interact more effectively with people at work and at home. These modules dive into fundamental aspects of leadership, including servant leadership, decision making, ethics, managing change, communication, and time management.