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Leadership Development

Leadership is about relationship, the relationship between the one who leads and those who choose to follow. The fundamental skills for inspiring and leading others is learned through a process of continual growth and development. I help develop leaders through a variety of methods:

Executive Coaching
Change Leadership
Leadership Training
Facilitated Retreats
High Performing Teams

Executive Coaching Business life presents us with a constant flow of increasingly demanding challenges. No matter how successful we have been in the past, tomorrow will bring changes that require new learning and growth. One goal of every coaching engagement should be to increase the client’s capabilities by taking full advantage of the learning opportunities life provides. Continual growth as a leader is a business imperative.

I help my clients navigate this learning journey by focusing attention on the twin aims of specific short-term outcomes and long-term development goals. I engage people’s purpose and passion to generate the energy and motivation for continual development.

Leadership assessments are used to design a written coaching plan with goals, measures and checkpoints. In confidential one-on-one sessions, I help leaders develop new skills and capacities to negotiate organizational barriers and achieve their goals.


Change Leadership Many organizations ignore the human side of change when implementing new projects and initiatives, resulting in delayed or stalled implementation. Every leader needs to understand the basic skills of leading their staff through change to minimize resistance and inspire commitment. My practical approach to leading change helps managers balances three necessary components:

Empathy – understanding people's feelings of loss and confusion
Communication – both the known and unknown parts of the change
Participation – involving people in the new change

Leadership Training Because leadership is more art than science, training leaders involves more than learning the techniques of individual skills. Leadership training is most effective when it is interactive and experiential. My training modules facilitate deep discussion of the complex realities of leading others. Examples of topics that can be customized to meet your needs include:

Interpersonal Effectiveness
Values-Based Leadership
Creating a Compelling Vision
Empowering Staff
Rewards and Recognition

Professionally Designed and Facilitated Retreats Leadership requires action. But action without reflection runs the risk of being merely wasted activity, meandering without direction. Taking the time to reflect, learn and plan thoughtfully is a vital leadership activity. Reflective learning is best done away from the normal workplace where all members of a team can participatein facilitated conversations that lead to productive learning and fruitful action planning.

High Performing Management Teams Teams that have higher levels of trust and good interpersonal relationships outperform teams that don’t. Creativity and commitment come from inclusion, joint decision-making, and shared responsibility for outcomes. Team development work may include:

Team assessments
Vision alignment
Interpersonal skill building
Conflict management
Collaborative problem solving

Steve Sphar 2015