Courses2018-11-19T00:51:22+00:00

Enhance your leadership skills with powerful online leadership & career courses from Sara Canaday!

Using LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com, you can access Sara’s valuable content from any of your digital devices 24/7. Enjoy the exclusive previews below, and check back soon for additional offerings.

Leadership Blind Spots

Have you found yourself mired in a career rut, even though you’ve worked tirelessly to position yourself as a leader? If so, there may be factors that you’re unaware of that are holding you back from being seen as leadership material. In this course, learn how to identify the hidden roadblocks—or blind spots—that are holding you back, and manage them in order to accelerate your career growth.

Even if you do everything right, your success at a higher level is determined by your impact on others. How do they perceive your words, behaviors and attitudes? Are you seen as a leader or a follower? Like it or not, their perceptions define your personal market value. It’s about you, according to them.

In this program, Sara shares real-world stories that illustrate the hidden gaps between what we see versus what those around us see. Blending insights, humor, and actionable strategies, Sara takes you on a journey to:

  • Gain a fresh perspective about your professional reputation
  • Identify what makes your approaches attractive (or annoying!)
  • Better manage the experiences you create when interacting with others
  • Make strong and lasting impressions by matching your intent with your impact
  • Rapidly elicit opportunities to be noticed, hired, respected and promoted

Transition from Manager to Leader

Learn how to shift your mindset from manager to leader. Enhance your personal growth by increasing your self-awareness and emotional intelligence, expanding your strategic scope, and identifying and cultivating top talent.

Much like management, leadership is a skill that can be taught. In this course, executive coach Sara Canaday shares proven strategies to help you shift your mindset from manager to leader. To begin, you’ll learn how to enhance your personal growth by practicing self-awareness and emotional intelligence, developing an executive presence, and becoming a thought leader. Next you’ll learn how to expand your perspective from local to global, innovate by viewing challenges with a fresh lens, and improve your decision-making skills. Lastly, you’ll learn how to cultivate and nurture a stellar team: attract top talent, inspire your team with broad-based support, and explore tactics for creating rapport and building meaningful relationships. Each chapter of this course is coupled with a coaching story that shows you how to apply these concepts to real-world situations.

Managing New Managers

Managing new leaders comes with a unique set of challenges. Even the most outstanding individual contributor can struggle as they unpack their new role and tackle their increased responsibilities. In this course, learn how to support and inspire new leaders as they make this critical transition.

Leadership expert Sara Canaday shows how to identify the unique perspectives and challenges of your new managers, set the expectations for their transition, provide coaching and support, and cultivate the right conditions to help them succeed.

Managing Experienced Managers

Learn how to effectively manage experienced leaders by approaching them with the proper balance of authority and autonomy.

Leadership expert Sara Canaday provides a guide to help you understand their mindset, set your expectations, and provide the appropriate support in order to reinforce positive behaviors, break bad habits, and learn from their wisdom. Because they are experienced, the goal is to create a partnership atmosphere that shows respect for their previous achievements.

Managing High Performers

Managing high performers gives you an opportunity to pave the way for some of your organization’s strongest talent. By strategically helping these professionals grow and expand their responsibilities, you can have a significant impact on the future of your organization.

In this course, leadership expert Sara Canaday equips you with innovative strategies for successfully managing—and retaining—your most exceptional employees. Sara familiarizes you with the mindset and motivations of high performers, so that you can use this knowledge to meet their expectations and provide them with the appropriate level of support and development.

Managing High Potentials

Managing high potentials gives you an opportunity to pave the way for some of your organization’s strongest talent. High potentials are employees who are most likely to be promoted to—and succeed in—leadership roles.

By strategically helping these professionals to grow and expand their responsibilities, you can have a significant impact on the future or your organization. Leadership expert Sara Canaday helps you understand the mindset and motivations of high potentials so you can meet their expectations and provide them with the appropriate level of support and development.

Managing Experts

Subject matter experts (SMEs) are valuable players on any team, but managing individuals who know more than you do about a particular subject can be challenging. In this course, learn how to identify the mindset and specific needs of the experts on your team, so that you can meet their expectations and provide them with the support they need to grow and excel.

Join leadership expert Sara Canaday as she shares management strategies that can help you understand the common challenges among SMEs and set goals deemed worthy of your experts’ time and full attention. Plus, she discusses how to provide your SMEs with the development tools they need to refine their knowledge and keep their skills current.

Transitioning from Technical Professional to Manager

All too often, professionals are given the opportunity to take on management responsibilities based on the strength of their technical skills. Managerial roles, however, depend on achieving results through others—which requires a significantly different skill set.

In this course, leadership coach Sara Canaday helps you incorporate the right mix of functional and interpersonal skills to meet corporate objectives, build a high-performing team, and expand your impact as a leader. Sara shares how to make the shift to management by gaining insights on your leadership strengths and weaknesses while expanding your perspective to focus on team results. Her key topics include self-awareness, emotional intelligence, communication skills, relationship building, and group motivation.

Managing Technical Professionals

Having the right technical talent is the key to competitive edge. Companies rely on technical professionals such as IT experts, developers, engineers, and data scientists to produce products and services, analyze information, and effectively communicate with vendors and customers. Knowing how to manage and motivate these technical professionals is critical for business success.

In this course, Sara Canaday identifies the unique characteristics and working styles of technical professionals and the coaching strategies needed to inspire your talent for greater results.

360-Degree Feedback

An organization’s talent is vital to its success. As a result, it’s crucial that companies provide their employees with the support they need to grow professionally. When managers and HR professionals ensure that their employees receive meaningful feedback from a variety of sources, they can help to spark positive change within their organization.

In this course, learn the value of 360-degree feedback, and how to select and use a reliable 360-degree instrument in order to get reliable information on the behaviors and performance of your employees. Leadership expert Sara Canaday explains how to implement a feedback program, shares best practices in feedback delivery, shows how to help your team members make the most of the feedback they receive, and more.

Organizational Culture

An organization’s culture is evidenced in its values, policies, attitudes, structures, and beliefs. It is a tangible asset that impacts morale and company performance, and it can be built, nurtured, and changed.

In this course, leadership speaker and consultant Sara Canaday defines organizational culture and explores the different types of cultures prevalent today. She provides clear strategies for young companies to develop a healthy culture from the beginning. For established, merged, or stagnant companies, Sara introduces tools and practices required to successfully assess, refine, and change an existing culture. Plus, she highlights the leader’s pivotal role in shaping and managing culture.

Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers

Leaders who provide targeted, ongoing coaching to their employees can strengthen their team and add valueto their organization.

In this course, leadership expert Sara Canaday shares the differences between managing, training, and coaching, and provides managers with coaching models and skills to support the development and growth of their employees. Sara presents the business case for coaching, explores common coaching challenges, and explains how to provide feedback and set goals.

 Balancing Multiple Roles as a Leader

As a leader, you’re expected to do more than just manage people. Your employees and colleagues look to you as a subject matter expert, a coach, an agent of change, and more.

In this course, leadership expert Sara Canaday dives into the different roles leaders play—from manager to motivator—and shares strategies that can help you effectively balance them for greater success. Discover how to assess what each of your leadership roles require and move seamlessly between each one.

Duration:
36m 38s