Course in Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders


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Program Description

The Extraordinary Leader is designed to help leaders shift their way of thinking about leadership from the conventional idea that leaders are born to the fact that anyone can be a great leader.

What separates an average leader from an extraordinary leader? Internationally acclaimed leadership authority Jack Zenger provides some compelling answers that demystify leadership and explain five key insights that distinguish a truly extraordinary leader from a good or “average” leader.

Based on the book of the same name by Zenger and Joseph Folkman, this two-day program will change the way you think about leaders. It challenges the conventional wisdom that great leaders are “born.” Forget whining about how your colleague had all the “advantages.” Learn why and how anyone can be a great leader! And then learn how to do it.

Research of more than 180 leadership behaviors led authors Zenger and Folkman to conclude that leaders who just move from “good” to “a little bit better” don’t make much of a difference. It’s not until one becomes a “great” leader that there will be a significant impact. They have pared the list of competencies to 16 that correlate with net increased profit, customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

Through video, case study, and self assessment, you can learn how to become a great leader. This unique two-day class also allows you to engage in experiential activities geared towards applying the insights gained in the class. Specific application to your workplace will be discussed during debriefs following the activities.

Learn to:

  • Rethink the fundamental approach to developing leaders;
  • Assess your leadership skills & weaknesses;
  • Use five key insights about leadership, including how to focus on your strengths;
  • Apply the 16 competencies of high performing leaders;
  • Use behaviors behind the competencies that really mean something;
  • Apply the concept of Powerful Combinations of Strengths for leadership effectiveness;
  • Identify the Five Fatal Flaws that must be changed;
  • Align your competencies and passions with your company or organization.

Target audience

Good managers who are now leading a team, a department, a division;

New managers who need top leadership skills to carve their niche in the organization;

Longtime managers, who need to refresh great leadership skills.

Last updated Jan 2018

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The College of Business Administration focuses on flexible programs which meet the needs of its students while providing graduates that meet the needs of the business and healthcare communities. To m ... Read More

The College of Business Administration focuses on flexible programs which meet the needs of its students while providing graduates that meet the needs of the business and healthcare communities. To meet the needs of its students and corporate partners, the future employers of TU graduates and the College of Business Administration formed an Executive Advisory Board made up of corporate leaders who serve as a nationwide resource for faculty and students. These top executives provide the college's leadership with personal insight and advice on how successful national and international companies operate, and what kind of business graduates make the grade in their organizations. With their assistance and guidance, the College continues to develop flexible programs that can be modified as new technology and market developments force companies to rethink how they do business. College Highlights The College of Business Administration at The University of Tulsa offers both business and health science degrees. Students can choose from a wide range of degree programs that are flexible enough to be tailored to the interests of the individual student while providing students with the competitive edge needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world. The college provides an atmosphere that encourages individual success and programs that are innovative and revised as employers' needs change. All college programs are fully accredited by the premier accrediting body for each area of study. The college now offers two accredited online masters programs, the Master of Taxation (MTAX) and the MBA Online, as well as a traditional on-campus MBA, a Master of Science in Finance and three joint graduate programs. The Williams Risk Management Center provides our students with a lifelike laboratory (complete with stock ticker boards, extensive financial databases, Bloomberg terminals, computers, and computer software) where students can apply and extend the knowledge they have gained in the classroom. Our internationally recognized faculty is committed to providing their students with the best educational experience possible by sharing their talents, interests, knowledge, and vision with the students in and out of the classroom. Students have many opportunities to participate in research projects. One such opportunity is through the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program. Many student internships are arranged each year. These working programs provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience and often lead to permanent employment after graduation. Our low student-faculty ratio of 11-1 and small class sizes (on average 19 students per class) give students an incredible opportunity to work closely with professors and instructors in and out of the classroom. TU is the co-founder of the business enterprise school in Zelenograd, Russia. All business and health science students have opportunities to study abroad and participate in international study experiences. In addition, the college offers an undergraduate International Business and Language degree. To enhance our students' educational experience, as well as build skills and confidence, the College provides labs to enhance student learning. The Student Investment Fund provides students with an opportunity to invest real money in an environment similar to that of an investment management firm. Students may participate in a large variety of student organizations that supplement their coursework while providing community service and professional networking opportunities The Center for Executive & Professional Development provides a variety of professional development programs for corporate clients and individuals. In addition, the Center creates customized programs on a broad range of topics for their corporate clients.The Family-Owned Business Institute is the only resource center of its kind in the region. The institute offers programs to meet the needs of multigenerational family businesses and a specialized management degree focusing on family-owned business issues. The Genave King Rogers Business Law Center supports a specialized management degree focusing on business law and provides resources for both our on-campus and Tulsa business communities. Friends of Finance is a professional organization that brings leading executives to the TU campus to share their knowledge and explores important business issues. Read less
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