The ASIP Leadership Academy curriculum will provide instruction on major topics that impact on development of leadership skills:

Session 1: Defining and Clarifying Your Leadership

Leadership starts with reflecting on who you are, what’s important to you, and the impact you want to have. In this session, participants will consider the big questions of leadership – What drives you? What do you stand for? Who do you aspire to be? We’ll discuss the big idea that leaders direct their energy both internally and externally. Internally, our values, purpose, and priorities provide a foundation for our authentic leadership style. Focusing outward, leaders also need to be aware of the various stakeholder groups and individuals they serve, and what each of those groups counts on them for.

In this session, you will:

  • Define leadership and reflect on the leader you aspire to be
  • Understand Inner Leadership, which is grounded in your values, purpose, priorities, and strengths
  • Clarify your core values, purpose, and strengths
  • Understand Outer Leadership, which focuses on external impact

Sessions 2 and 3: Effective Communication Strategies for Clear, Confident, and Productive Conversations

Leaders need to navigate many types of conversations – from advocating for resources to sharing difficult feedback to onboarding new people. In these two sessions, we’ll explore the underlying principles and communication strategies that can help leaders create alignment, deliver information, and understand others’ perspectives so that they feel confident regardless of the situation and audience. Through discussion and practice, participants will build their communication toolkit so that they can role model and invite successful, clear, and productive conversations.

In this session, you will:

  • Understand the factors that create successful communication and conversations
  • Identify your strengths and opportunities with different types of communication
  • Practice active listening and curiosity
  • Learn principles and practice tools and exercises to communicate clearly, confidently, and productively
  • Apply communication principles and strategies to real-life communication challenges

Session 4: How to Think Effectively, Manage Stress, and Make Confident Decisions

Leaders have important things to think about and strategic decisions to make. Too often, though, stress and worry can undermine our thinking, confidence, and decision-making. It’s important to understand how stress affects the brain – whether our brain or the brains of those we work and live with – because it then allows us to choose strategies to help our brain and the brains around us think more calmly and effectively. In this session, we’ll learn and practice concrete and easy-to-apply strategies to quickly bounce back from overwhelm and regain clear and effective thinking so that you can feel confident about how you’re leading and the choices you’re making.

In this session, you will:

  • Understand the neuroscience of stress and their personal reaction to stress
  • Understand the role of the prefrontal cortex in effective thinking and decision-making
  • Learn tools and strategies to help your brain do its best, calmest, and clearest thinking
  • Learn tools to help your team and others reduce their stress and think more effectively

Session 5: Creating a Personal Introduction and Networking Plan

Successful leaders have a strong web of professional relationships that likely includes thought partners, collaborators, mentors, and sponsors. We build relationships through networking, and this session will focus on the key pieces of networking so that you feel clear and confident about the networking you’re doing. One key piece of having fruitful conversations is having a concise and interesting personal introduction (elevator pitch). In this session, participants will learn an easy way to create a personal introduction they can use for different types of situations. In addition, we’ll discuss the concept of brand – what people say about you – so that you can be more intentional about how you “show up” as a leader.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to create a personal introduction (elevator pitch) that is simple and clear for all types of situations
  • Expand your networking plan to identify who you want to meet
  • Clarify the different networking goals you might have, and how to ask for what you really want
  • Reflect on and clarify your brand, so that you are intentional about how you show up personally and professionally

Session 6: Creating a Leadership Action Plan and Peer Coaching

Leadership development takes attention and intention, as well as a step-wise action plan. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to integrate the ideas, tools, and strategies from the three days to create a personalized, focused Leadership Action Plan with a few relevant goals, so that they can feel even more effective and successful in their current role or institution. As accountability and support are helpful for following through with goals, this session will also incorporate peer coaching so participants can help each other deepen their Leadership Plan.

In this session, you will:

  • Synthesize the learnings to create a personalized leadership plan to clarify how you want to develop as a leader now and in the future
  • Identify small action steps to stay motivated and work toward your goals
  • Understand what peer coaching is
  • Support others with accountability by practicing peer coaching