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Preview the Elite Leadership Academy

We are very excited to share the news of the rebranding of our new leadership training site – Elite Leadership Academy. In the past, we have operated under the Professional Leadership Academy, but with the expected publication in the next few months of my new book, The Path to Elite Level Leadership, we decided to change the site to match the book.

The new site features new leadership development programs, master classes, a leadership resources library and even a virtual tour of our virtual academy.

As a subscriber, we are inviting you to preview the site and also offering you 25% off any of the training in our ‘Curriculum Catalog‘ with the coupon code ’25offpreview’ until November 30, 2020.

Please take a look at it and let us know what you think about it.


3rd Principle of Professional Leadership

Category : Leadership , Training

The 3rd Principle of Professional Leadership is “A thorough understanding of the situational influences that impact leading their followers and the environment in which they lead.

Leaders need to closely watch for changes in their situational influences. These could be from primary influences such as their followers or the environment or secondary influences from peers or superiors. Changes in any of these influences requires an immediate response in the manner in which the leader executes their leadership.

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2nd Principle of Professional Leadership

Category : Leadership , Training

The 2nd Principle of Professional Leadership is “Awareness of those moments in a leader’s life that shaped them to become the leader they are.”

Leaders must know those defining moments in their life that shaped them into the leader they became. It could be successfully facing a challenging situation, a mentor who took them under their wing or sadly, a tragedy. This knowledge helps leaders understand their underlying beliefs and how they influence decisions, guide problem-solving and drive behavior.

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10 Principles of Professional #Leadership – #1: Knowing Yourself

Category : Leadership , Training

The Principles of Professional Leadership are the selection foundation for the Leadership IMPACT Award. I will be discussing each of the principles over the next few weeks.

Principle #1: Knowledge of who they are as a person and as a leader.

Leaders need to have an unbiased understanding of who they are as a person and as a leader. After all, if you don’t know who you are, how can you expect to lead others. People flock to learn how to be like leader X or Y when all they really need to be is them self. You can’t lead like me and I can’t lead like you.

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Assessing Leadership Impact

Category : Leadership , Training

Since 2016, the Healthcare Center of Excellence, through its leadership training arm, the Professional Leadership Academy, has been using the Leadership IMPACT Assessment to evaluate the potential and practice of leadership as well as monitor leadership improvement over time. This proprietary tool was developed by incorporating multiple disciplines to evaluate leadership behavior. Its measurable results have successfully been utilized in onsite and online Professional Leadership Training classes and it was the subject of a 2019 case study.

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Tell Oscar-Worthy Stories

During the Academy Awards ceremony, I noticed a common theme from the presenters and winners, which was the importance of telling a good story. No matter what kind of movie, the best movies have the best stories. The best actors typically come from the best movies.

The difference between telling a story for a movie and telling a story as a leader is that the leader’s story has to have a purpose. The purpose can be:

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Lessons From a Master Storyteller

I had the pleasure of hearing E. Gordon Gee speak at a dinner several years ago when I taught in the Integrated Marketing Communications program at West Virginia University. I was so impressed with his ability to connect with the audience that I wrote an article about it back then and included his story in my book, “Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare.” He uses a lot of self-deprecating humor in his stories because it leads to high viral probability when posted on social media.

Here is the video from the event. Even if you only watch part the video, you will learn something about incorporating storytelling into your daily leadership practice.

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Storytelling With My Family

As we prepare for the launch of our Storytelling for Leaders Master Class, I’ve reflected on my life as a story gatherer and storyteller. I’ve loved writing and telling stories since I was young. Family interactions can be some of the most impactful stories to tell.

I heard stories from my great-grandparents as they told us about growing up on farms in Louisiana. I vividly remember my great-grandmother telling us about how they would get a chicken from the farm for dinner.

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Empower Your Storytelling With the ‘Right Stuff’

Leaders need to be good storytellers, but if their storytelling doesn’t have the ‘Right Stuff,’ it may not be as effective.

Watch the video to learn about delivering the:

  • Right Story, to the
  • Right Audience, at the
  • Right Time, with the
  • Right Message
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“Free Your Mind,” Matrix Style With Great Stories

As we learned in “The Matrix”, perception is not always reality. That is also true to when it comes to leadership. Leaders are only as good as their people perceive them to be.

In our Professional Leadership Training programs, we address the perception versus reality dichotomy with a peer assessment. Participants are usually surprised to see that what they considered to be their leadership attributes were not what their peers thought, both positively and negatively.

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