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Leader: Know Yourself

Module Details
C-Suite Executives
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Miami Herbert Business School, University of Miami


This module is devoted to learning more about yourself as a leader. A variety of short assessments will help you learn more about yourself and your leadership qualities. We will then explore your strengths and weaknesses in leading teams toward success. Leaders today must be dynamic and flexible–learning more about yourself is key to steering others toward results. Tools and methods for self-improvement will be provided to help today's leaders meet the demands of a rapidly-changing environment.

Session Objectives:

  1. Better understand yourself as a leader by learning more about leadership concepts and
  2. Assist high-potential participants in enhancing their effectiveness as leaders.
  3. Recognize that leaders today must be dynamic and flexible in order to meet the demands of a complex, rapidly changing environment.
  4. Evaluate your own leadership qualities through a series of short assessments.
  5. Learn ways to improve and enhance your leadership style.
  1. Are you a “Great Man”(or Woman)? Research on “Great Man” theories suggests that no consistent set of traits differentiate leaders from non-leaders. Understand the different traits that you possess and learn how these may be beneficial or detrimental depending on the situation.
  2. Know your EI! Your basic personality traits can be attributed to effective leadership; furthermore, your Emotional Intelligence has a significant impact on leadership. Recognize your own personality and emotional intelligence factors and how these contribute to effective leadership.
  3. Get Real! Finding the Authentic Leader Within You. Learn about Authentic Leadership–what it is; the extent to which you are authentic; and how you can enhance your own Authentic Leadership.
  4. Leading Teams Toward Success. Measure the extent to which you successfully lead a team. Recognize which factors enhance the effectiveness of leading a team.
  5. Team-based, Technology Enabled. Learn about the impact of technology on teamwork and team leadership. Particpate in an experiential activity to highlight some of the challenges of technolgy based teams.
  6. Hone Your Skills! Appreciate the importance of keeping up your knowledge and skills as a leader.
  1. A series of basic assessment tools will be used to identify your own leadership traits and styles.
  2. Succinct lectures on a variety of topics geared towards better understanding of yourself as a leader.
  3. Specific steps will be provided on improving and enhancing your own leadership style.
  4. Participate in an experiential activity to better understand the challenges of virtual teams.
  5. Work directly with other executives to clarify and understand your leadership strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Interactive discussions geared toward refining your skillset as a leader.


Dean Quelch

Academic Director, Johnson A. EdosomwanLeadership Institute and Lecturer, Management

Sheryl Alonso is a lecturer at the Miami Herbert Business School. Alonso teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level and in executive education.Alonso began her career as a nurse, earning a BSN fromLewis University in Romeoville, Illinois and later an MBA from the University of Miami.In 2010, she completed a PhD in Medical Leadership at the University of Miami. The interdisciplinary program integrated the School of Business curriculum with that of the University’s Miller School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences.Her research passions lie in the areas of leadership and health care policy and administration.


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