Leadership Skill Development and Training

Paving a Path for Your Emerging and Evolving Leaders to Soar

Your current and future leaders are the spark behind your team. They help lift and encourage the group and are a big factor in how your culture is materialized. Empowering them with the tools they need to advance their leadership skills can help the rest of your team also excel. Your team’s leaders should continuously evolve alongside the dynamic workplace. In fact, the drive to keep building leadership skills is one of the very factors that makes a strong leader.

At DeVryWorks, we partner with companies to provide leadership development and skills training for employees at all levels, including:

  • Leadership training and education for management
  • Foundational leadership skills for emerging leaders
  • Targeted leadership learning opportunities for team members

We’ll work with you to customize your leadership skills development strategies to best suit your needs and the learning styles of your personnel.

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Featured Content for Leadership Development

Internal Career Fairs Help Close Skills Gaps

By Jenna McCoy

In the midst of “The Great Resignation” and the high costs associated with turnover, organizations simply cannot afford precious talent to walk out the door. While there is a myriad of ideas when it comes to retention and career pathing, one often overlooked idea is an internal career fair.

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Leadership Skills to Help Grow Iconic Companies

By Tom Monahan

Watch what venture capitalist Carl Eschenbach says about leadership and how it can make a company iconic in this Digital Dialogue with DeVry CEO Tom Monahan..

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Q&A: What happens now? Planning for the future of supply chain management

By Clark Barber

Supply-chain leaders reacted in real-time to the unprecedented challenges over the past 2 years, and they must leverage what they have learned to stay competitive as they continue navigating uncertainty.

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Mid-Year 2022 Outlook: Aligning Your Talent Strategy to Market Realities

By Tom Monahan

As organizations across the United States enter Summer 2022, they confront a market for skills and talent that is unlike anything that business executives and leaders have experienced. Through thousands of corporate client relationships, we gather feedback and direction to help us align our programs and offerings. The following five key areas of focus is what we’re currently hearing.

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Onboarding Should be an Experience, Now More Than Ever

By Jenna McCoy

In the current flexible work environment, radical evolution of onboarding has yet to occur. Organizations need to orchestrate the people and resources to cultivate deliberate and meaningful moments for new hires in order to drive timely assimilation within the organization.

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Do Predictive Analytics Have a Future in Supply Chain Management?

By Issam Abu-Ghallou & Sid Ahmed Sahnoune

In the initial shock of the “black swan” event that was (and is) COVID, it should come as no surprise that many people questioned the validity and effectiveness of predictive analytics in the supply chain. However, those in the logistics and supply chain field know, “If not predictive analytics, then what?”

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How Building a Culture that Elevates Women Can Support All

By Elise Awwad

There's been some progress in helping women in the workplace advance to management positions, but women remain underrepresented. It's essential to first lay the groundwork that will make your organization’s culture a place where women can grow.

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The Trifecta Leader: Manager, Coach and Leader

By Jenna McCoy

In the midst of the great resignation, employees have their pick of the litter when it comes to where and how they want to work. Are the managers we have in place today capable of performing under this pressure? If we’re asking managers to do more, we’ve got to give future and current managers the tools they need to be more than just a manager.

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What Can Higher Ed Learn from Airbnb?

By Tom Monahan

Many of the most innovative companies launched in the past two decades have been two-sided marketplaces. Higher education needs to realize that it’s one too.

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The Implications of High Inflation on Business

By Issam Abu-Ghallous, PhD and Luan Eshtrefi, PhD

One of the most challenging economic dilemmas today, which effects business leaders and consumers, is high inflation. Watch these short videos to hear more about the implications and how to prepare.

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Generational Preferences are Causing a Seismic Shift to the Supply Chain

By Issam Abu-Ghallous

The supply chain disruption that has been dominating the headlines is a complex and multi-faceted issue to be sure. Much has been said and written about what is snarling the global supply chain: too few truck drivers, dormant factories due to COVID, backlogged ports, you name it.

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Upskilling: How You Can Replicate What Large-Orgs Are Doing

By Clark Barber

It’s unlikely you haven’t had internal discussions about how your department must evolve to support your clients’ new set of needs. For most companies, the answer is undoubtedly accelerating digitalization efforts agreed upon before the pandemic, and perhaps new ones that have arisen. Aside from making the right technology choices, the question your peers are asking is, “How do I ensure my team has the skills to keep pace?”

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How Leaders Can Help Empower Women in the Workplace

By Elise Awwad

Women now surpass men making up 50.2% of the college-educated labor force, up from 45.1% in 2000. While this number is positive to be sure, what’s troubling is women’s advancement in the workplace is stagnant or simply stalling at every step along the way. Read this article for six ways leaders can step up to support women on their teams, and help them achieve the career they deserve.

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Digital Transformation: 3 Key Areas Where Supply Chain Leaders Should Focus

By Doug Ackley and Alex Hosch

Supply chain digital transformation is no doubt an imperative to help supply chains run more smoothly while providing actionable intel. Ambitious, yes, but that belief isn’t necessarily overstated. The digitization of the supply chain is critically important and long overdue in many sectors, particularly given the vast changes we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

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If You Build It, They Will Stay: Learning Pathways Over Lateral Attrition

By Jenna McCoy

You have a great team. They work well together, get things done on time, and know how to keep you competitive in the market. The last thing you want is for your people to leave your department because they don’t feel challenged or feel as though they don’t have opportunities to advance under your leadership. But top talent will inherently seek more... and that’s a good thing.

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Tis the Season for Triggers. Do You Know the Flight Risks on Your Team?

By Clark Barber

November through January is a critical time for your team, and resignations might be hitting hardest after the New Year. While they likely have been doing it for some time, this time of year triggers individuals to take stock of their career goals and analyze whether their work is fulfilling.

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Digital Fluency: Your Team’s Edge

By Elise Awwad

Regardless of your industry, you provide a product or service that without technology you likely wouldn’t be able to maintain or grow your market share in.

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What Upskilling and Reskilling Can Do for Your Team

By Jenna McCoy

There is potential for nearly 97 million new jobs to arise, based on the changing integration between humans and technology. In order to take advantage of these new positions, workers will need upskilling and reskilling to close any gaps between their current skills base and the skills that will be necessary for new positions.

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5 Things to Consider to Build Diverse Leadership

By Elise Awwad

Creating meaningful change in your team’s diversity in the leadership ranks is an issue we hear from our clients we work with every day. Unfortunately, even when these clients find the right talent for the job it can be difficult to build a plan to elevate that talent.

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3 Skills Your Technology Team Is Missing Today

By William Phillips

In today’s world, if you’re in business, you’re likely in the technology business. No matter what your industry or specific product or service might be, odds are technology is an important part of how you drive revenue and maintain your competitive edge.

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Are Organizations Truly Embracing DEI?

By Scarlett Howery

DeVry University's Scarlett Howery explains how organizations can better embrace diversity, equity and inclusion to create a shared sense of belonging.

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3 Steps to Help Your Accounting and Finance Team Focus on Strategy

By Lenore Goldberg

These three steps can provide you with the tools needed to support your team and give them the ability to focus on strategic initiatives crucial for long-term growth, productivity, and even retention.

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Skills to Develop Your Emerging and Evolving Leaders

There are many strategies that companies can use to encourage leadership development. Some businesses develop entire leadership programs that are fully immersive and over the course of weeks or months. Some embrace the idea of leadership retreats, where they spend a few days in an isolated space to focus on specific challenges and strategic plans. Other companies gravitate towards half-day events in-house, usually featuring guest speakers, who are intended to excite the team.

But not all companies have the resources to produce these programs in house, and often they’re only available to a finite number of people. One of the best ways to provide leadership development at scale, is a well-designed education program with a partner like DeVryWorks. When you partner with our solutions consultants, we can design a learning pathway for your evolving and emerging leader that focuses on what your company needs the most.

While leadership pathways will be customized based on your team’s needs, here are some of the most common skills areas we help your leaders build:

Leadership Skills

Administration and Management:

Leaders who know how to apply the fundamental management theories that support organizational stability while driving programs forward, can help strengthen organizational growth and performance. Could your team be enhanced by adding core competency skills in administrative leadership, planning, project management, and resource management?

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

Building a diverse and inclusive team and workplace culture is integral to your company’s success. Through professional examples we explore diversity, equity and inclusion within business and client relationships and things to consider when engaging different groups. They’ll also be given space to help them develop a clear perspective on their role in providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

 

Managing Organizational Change:

Navigating change across the workplace can be challenging for any team member—that’s why your current and future leaders can benefit from learning systematic methods for steering through and implementing change. Imagine the impact of leaders with a change management plan that aligns with real-world business models, human resources, and your own team’s values.

 

Leadership and Organizational Behavior:

Developing your future leaders takes intention, and team dynamics can factor into your ability to drive success. Your leaders can begin by growing their knowledge of basic organizational behavior and learning to establish strong group dynamics. They can also learn key leadership concepts like using motivation and communication to make an impact on team function and work culture.

Negotiation Techniques and Strategies:

Through blended media we’ll work with your leaders on skills like conflict resolution, prepping for negotiations, distributive and integrative bargaining, resolution of impasse, ethics, power dynamics, personality, and key communication processes.

Communication:

A leader’s ability to communicate can be crucial to everything from interdepartmental collaboration to sharing insights with upper management and other stakeholders. Building skills in this area helps emerging leaders gain confidence, clarity and credibility. Could your team use help honing their written and verbal communication skills, creating and delivering presentations, or reporting on key data to support executive leadership goals?

 

Global Supply Chain:

Many organizations these days deal with complex and strained supply chains and could benefit from leaders who can innovate and problem-solve around these timely issues. Developing leaders with knowledge about strategic procurement, working across operation systems and supply chain transportation strategy can help your team become a valued partner

 

Sales and Marketing:

When your organization relies on marketing technology and customer management to find leads and drive sales, your leaders need a solid understanding of fundamentals like consumer intent, advertising and promotions, and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs). Case studies, interactive tutorials and real-world projects enrich our sales and marketing learning pathways.

Benefits of Fostering Continual Learning Among Your Leaders

Oftentimes, what stands in the way of your next leader are the skills they need to realize the career journey they envision. Empowering your team and standing behind their development can strengthen your relationship and help retain important high potentials. Your current and future leaders of tomorrow need to feel supported.

With the right tools in place, you can help:

  • Strengthen employee engagement: Those who are given opportunities to develop new skills and leadership capabilities often feel valued and supported. In turn, they may be more loyal to and more involved with their employer. Employee engagement on a growth path can be a powerful predictor of employee retention.
  • Address future needs: Leadership development initiatives can help you nurture current talent to prevent future skills gaps. Your employees can start learning now what you determine they'll need to progress tomorrow, as they apply new skills to help you meet organizational objectives in the coming months and years.
  • Increase innovation: Employees who experience regular development opportunities can explore new ways of approaching their work, as well as gain confidence to think outside the box as leaders. This can foster an innovative team mindset that just may spark the next great idea for your company.

Even for those who don’t ultimately move into official leadership positions, these kinds of skills can help individuals to become more productive, more satisfied team members.

Good Leadership Skills Are Needed

As you’re customizing your leadership training, it’s important to focus on the goals that you need to succeed in the modern market.

While there are many different approaches to leadership, the most successful leaders have traits and skills that include:

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Clear and effective communication
  • An ability to rally others behind a common goal
  • Effective change management
  • Strategic planning and execution
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion

Although these skills are not the only ones that leaders will need, they represent a solid foundation on which to base your training programs.

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