High-Impact Leadership Program scheduled at Biltmore Park

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will offer a High-Impact Leadership Certificate Program beginning Monday, March 11, and continuing through Friday, March 15, at the university’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 through Thursday, March 14, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15.

Alison Morrison-Shetlar

The leadership certificate program is designed for the individual who wants to take his or her career to the next level to become a high-impact leader. Participants will have an opportunity to discover their own leadership style by completing a DiSC personality assessment tool. Leaders will learn how to improve communication and the group dynamic within their teams by learning to adapt to the behavioral differences of others.

Also, attendees will learn how employee relations and an awareness of liability risks can help to improve organizational culture and team output. They also will have a chance to develop better communication skills through role play and peer interaction.

“To be effective, leaders need to be competent communicators,” said Betty Farmer, one of the workshop leaders and an award-winning professor of communication at WCU.

“Whether it is inspiring followers to rally behind a vision, championing change or stepping into the media spotlight, communication is an essential leadership skill. High Impact Leadership participants will assess their current leadership communication skills and learn best practices for leadership communication that they can apply immediately,” Farmer said.

A great deal of thought went into the creation of the program, including the identification of contemporary leadership topics and naming of four expert workshop leaders who all provide interactive and experiential learning opportunities, said Jill Thompson, WCU associate director of professional development.

Those leaders, in addition to Farmer, are Alison Morrison-Shetlar, WCU interim chancellor; Susan Fouts, WCU executive director of educational outreach; and Jon Yarbrough, and attorney at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete.

Morrison-Shetlar will deliver a keynote talk titled “Transformative Leadership in Action” on March 15.

The early registration cost for the program is $695, and early registration for nonprofit professionals is $595. After Friday, Feb. 15, the cost will increase to $795.

For more information and to register, visit pdp.wcu.edu or call 828-227-7397.

WCU’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment part of the Division of Educational Outreach, provides opportunities for individuals to further their careers through education and training.