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Leading for High Impact and Results

“You cannot manage people into battle, they have to be led.� John Kotter

The need for strong and effective leadership has never been more acute. The requirement to nurture talent, build teams and effect change are all vital to the delivery of business results. Our approach to leadership development is based on a clear assessment of the individual’s development needs. These needs are best addressed through personal reflection on the results of assessment instruments that enhance individual self-awareness. Having established enhanced self-awareness, participants will then improve their skills in forming and leading teams and develop superior insight into the leader’s role in executing change and fulfilling the organisation’s potential.

How will this programme help me? This three-day programme designed and led by Prof. Patrick Gibbons is aimed at individuals who are being asked to take on a significant leadership role at a time of change in their organisations. It will show you how you lead and influence others and how your particular leadership style affects your workplace, those you work with, and ultimately, your own success as a leader. Enhanced self-awareness, based on assessment, will provide a signpost to ways that will improve your performance and leadership abilities. That self-awareness is then harnessed by providing specific inputs into leading teams and leading change, which will have a lasting impact both on you and your organisation. Is this programme for me? • You are an experienced manager looking to develop increased personal awareness of your leadership potential and want to achieve that potential. • You are seeking to develop your team leadership skills to ensure enhanced team performance. • You are facing the challenge of leading and contributing to the leadership of change in your organisation Benefits for me and my organisation At the conclusion of this programme, you will gain an enhanced understanding of your leadership strengths and weaknesses and insights into how your leadership style affects your workplace, those you work with and ultimately your success as a leader. At the conclusion of this programme, you will have:

Pre Programme Preparation In advance of the programme, you will be required to complete a 360 assessment of your leadership behaviours. You will be required to identify colleagues (peers, direct reports, internal or external customers) who will anonymously complete a computer-based questionnaire about your leadership behaviours. The results will need to be completed prior to attending the programme, as they provide the focus for the three days. The results will be shared confidentially in an individual de-brief. This intervention is a major contributor to enhancing your impact and performance. How will I learn? This programme provides you with a blended learning experience. It combines models and tools of leadership and change management along with interactive workshops, simulation exercises, feedback devices and case studies.

DURATION: 3 days LOCATION: UCD Smurfit School, Dublin PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: Prof. Patrick Gibbons COST: €1,690 (alumni), €1,878 (non-alumni) DATES: 23rd - 25th October 2012 ENQUIRIES: 01 716 8889 or

• Gained a greater appreciation of your own capacity for leadership; • Formulated a self-designed leadership development plan; • Gained insights into how to exercise leadership more effectively and make high impact leadership interventions; • Assessed your business impact through a 360 feedback experience; • Practiced the provision of giving and receiving constructive feedback; • Developed a greater sense of how you can contribute to the leadership of teams and the development of team charters; • Assessed how you can contribute to the leadership of change in your organisation by setting specific goals; • Acquired the skills to drive measurable results more effectively throughout the organisation; • Improved your ability to create and garner support for the company vision.

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Programme Structure


Day 1 - The Leader’s Role and Profile This session will focus on assessing the individual’s leadership potential through discussion of the feedback received in the 360 assessment. The various components of the instrument will be discussed and development options will be explored. In addition, role-playing and case discussions will be used to illustrate the importance of feedback in the leadership role.

Like all UCD Executive Education programmes, Leading for High Impact and Results is developed and taught by a core faculty who are widely recognised as skilled educators and researchers. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, they leverage their business expertise and field-based research to create new knowledge and enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is a teaching team that exposes participants to multiple perspectives, challenging their thinking and encouraging new practices that result in superior business leadership.

Specific activities to be discussed are: • Exploring the leader’s motivation, values and learning style; • Developing insight from the 360 assessment process; • Assessing the leader’s inter-personal style and assessment of its appropriateness in different situations; • The importance of feedback in leadership and organisational development. Day 2 - Leading the Team The second session moves from the individual to considerations of leading and contributing to teams. A specific computer-based simulation will be used to develop insight into how the individual contributes to a team and how they contribute to a group decisionmaking task in a time compressed session. Further, the emphasis will be placed on how the leader contributes to the top management team. Specific activities to be discussed are: • Team dynamics and group decision making; • Dysfunctional teams and how to avoid catastrophe; • Characteristics of high-performance teams; • Developing a team charter to ensure direction and alignment. Day 3 - Leading Change A key requirement of all leaders is to inspire and lead change, particularly in dynamic environments. Case-studies of successful and unsuccessful change events will be explored with particular emphasis placed on leadership behaviours and personal changes required to enhance change leading skills. Specific activities to be discussed are: • Exploring the imperatives of change and how to communicate change; • The political dynamics of change and influence skills; • Developing an authentic leadership style to progress change.

“Most corporations today are overmanaged and under-led.” Jack Welch

Prof. Patrick Gibbons

Dr. Ian Walsh

Dr. Paul McGrath

Prof. Patrick Gibbbons Patrick is Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Strategic Management at UCD School of Business and Academic Director, UCD Executive Education. Before entering academia, he worked in a number of financial analysis, corporate strategy and senior HR roles with KPMG, Jefferson Smurfit Group, The Investment Bank of Ireland and An Post. He also held the position of UCD Vice-President of Staff and Administrative Systems. His research, teaching and consulting interests include strategy development and execution, managing change, organisation development, organisational change and leadership development, with clients in the US, Asia and Europe. He has presented papers at numerous research conferences and is widely published in leading journals. Dr. Ian Walsh Ian was appointed to the faculty of UCD School of Business in 2009. Before entering academia, Ian worked in senior HR Roles with Teradyne, Inc. and Data General Corporation. He also consulted on leadership and organisational development issues in the professional services, electronics, and health care industries. His research, teaching and consulting interests include organisational change, leadership, entrepreneurship, organisational decline and death. During his time at UCD, Ian has also been a visiting scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Ian earned his PhD from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Dr. Paul McGrath Paul was appointed to the faculty of UCD School of Business in 1993. Before entering academia, Paul worked in the Irish Department of Education and in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. He has engaged in a range of consulting and applied research assignments with private, public and voluntary bodies. His research, teaching and consulting interests fall into the areas of organisation behaviour, organisation theory, change management and knowledge management. He held a previous academic position in the Department of Business Studies at University College Galway and has held a visiting lecturing post at the University of Melbourne. Paul earned his PhD from Warwick Business School in 2000. In 2010 Paul was awarded the UCD College of Business and Law Teaching Award in recognition of his sustained contribution to teaching excellence within UCD.

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Leading for High Impact and Results  

3 day programme led and designed by Prof. Patrick Gibbons on behalf of UCD Executive Education. Next intake commences Oct 23rd to 25th 2012...

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