A A Email Print Share

Featured Topic Descriptions

At Duquesne University's Center for Leadership Development, the offerings reflect the issues that are on the minds of our clients- and society. Here are descriptions of just a few recent offerings.

Leading Mindfully

Being mindful means paying attention, on purpose and non-judgmentally, to the present moment. The concept of leading mindfully enables leaders to see more clearly, listen more deeply and respond more effectively through reduced stress, enhanced concentration and creativity, and improved resilience. Mindfulness is both foundational to the practice of leadership and also acts as an integrating mechanism for leadership attributes, competencies, knowledge and skills.  Successful leaders become even better leaders by incorporating the critical skills of mindfulness in both their personal and work life, which ultimately increases performance in their teams and develops a stronger workforce.

C-Suite Level Communications: Followership and Feedback

Successful communication for executives and senior leaders with their team, constituents, stakeholders, and others is dependent on how their message is shaped in order to receive the greatest impact.  These leaders must maximize their potential and be prepared to rise to the challenges of the rapidly-changing business environment through intentional strategies and forward-thinking methods. Their strength lies in continuing to develop their skills, enhance confidence, provide definitive decisions, and approach challenges purposefully.

Strategic Business Thinking

Discover how to create a strategic framework which will capture the opportunities of tomorrow.  Successful leaders are future-oriented and forward-thinking in their approaches to mastering competencies.  This model of effective strategy is more about creative thinking and agility rather than structure, allowing insights, ideas, and planned actions to add value to your organization and move your team forward to heightened success. 

The Ethical Leader

Strong leaders operate beyond accountability and move toward demanding moral leadership in their organizations, which involves development of a personal model for ethical leadership. Effective leaders provide decision-making frameworks to resolve ethical dilemmas, and encourage and support their teams and colleagues to summon from within, the moral courage to perform ethically.  Ethical behavior also provides the foundational profile to assist companies attract and retain employees who contribute to assuring a healthy work environment.

Building Emotional Intelligence (EI) with Cultural Intelligence (CI)

Emotional Intelligence (EI), or the capacity to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self and of others, plays a critical part in leadership and successfully managing relationships.  Emotional Intelligence also contributes to strategic excellence, often more than one’s intellect and expertise.  Knowledge of an individual’s Cultural Intelligence (CI) provides insights about your capabilities to cope with multi-cultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions appropriately, and perform effectively in culturally diverse work groups.  Cultural Intelligence (CI) provides insights about your capabilities to cope with multicultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions appropriately, and perform effectively in culturally diverse work groups.  In today’s increasingly global and diverse work settings, the ability to function effectively in multi-cultural situations is important for employees, managers, and organizations.  Both Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Cultural Intelligence (CI) play critical roles in shaping effective leaders to thrive in the 21st century workplace.

Women’s Leadership Development

The number of women in organizations is increasing exponentially; and as a result, the need for leadership development is critical for continued success.  Communication and leadership styles, team-building skills, negotiation, and delegation skills are essential components for women to become influential leaders. In order to succeed in the ever-changing workplace, women need the strategies to navigate gender stereotypes, embrace personal power, and enhance executive presence.  Strong leaders assess their strengths and weakness, are value-driven, and forward-thinking, and women need to be positioned to thrive within the workplace.  Women are at the crossroads of continuing to shape their leadership journey and become equipped with the skills, strategies, and tools to successfully overcome challenges and move forward whether in their career or personal life.

Global Ethical Leadership

As the world grows more “interconnected,” the need exists for leaders to become aware of the differences and similarities in ethical values and principles found in the practice of organizations conducting business around the world.  It is critical that leaders of the world learn to explore leadership challenges, work together collaboratively, overcome cultural differences, and strive for the betterment of the lives of all global citizens.  Global leadership can be strengthened by possessing the knowledge to help leaders make informed decisions and to understand more clearly the impact of those decisions on people, nations, and global systems.

Leadership in Virtual Organizations/Remote Teams

Organizations are becoming more globally-based and workplaces around the world are experiencing expanded opportunities of being linked virtually through technology.  Since teams often struggle with the challenges of collaboration, motivation and communication, these difficulties can be magnified when the team is virtual.  The leader of a virtual or remote team must successfully apply special insights and techniques to guide performance and work relationships with employees who may be thousands of miles away. 

Effectively Managing in the Multigenerational Workplace

Managing multiple generations in the workplace poses an interesting challenge for today’s employer and human resource professionals.  Effective communication is essential in order to achieve maximum results in the workplace.  Building upon each of the generation’s distinct views and opinions on authority, family, work ethic, communication, incentives, and leadership is critical for positive outcomes.