Activate New Leaders Program

A research-based leadership development training program designed to help new leaders gain the foundational leadership skills to successfully transition from peer to manager.

What is it? 

The Activate New Leaders program is a leadership development program for new people managers. Participants will strengthen self-awareness, build confidence, and obtain practical skills to help them be effective in their new leadership roles.

Intended Audience: Emerging leaders or people managers that have been in a leadership role for 0-3 years.

Program Details

Activate cohorts typically meet biweekly or monthly over 4-8 months., and may be facilitated in biweekly half-days, monthly full days, or several 2-day clusters throughout the program.

Session activities may include training, self-reflection, partner sharing, brainstorming, group discussion, laser coaching, role playing, case studies, and other exercises. Participants leave the experience with a detailed action plan to implement their new learnings right away.

After the initial session, participants identify leadership goals they would like to focus on throughout the program cycle and create a leadership development plan. Organizations may opt for each participant can receive a set number of coaching sessions that can be used throughout the program cycle to help apply the learnings in their day-to-day role. Additionally, peer masterminding sessions and behavioral assessments like the DISC behavioral assessment or Leadership Effectiveness 360º assessment may be integrated to further support their individual development in the program.

What content is covered?

Through a series of classroom trainings, individual coaching sessions, case studies, and implementation exercises; participants may cover the following content areas. All program components can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs. Topics may include:

  • Defining personal leadership style and inner drive ("The Why")
  • Developing learning agility & resilience
  • Mental wellness, Managing Burnout & Stress
  • From comrade to captain - transitioning from a peer to a leader
  • Leading with emotional intelligence
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Strengthening leadership coaching skills
  • Leading remote teams

What's Included? (all options are fully customizable)

  • Pre-event planning meeting(s) to learn more about your goals and fine-tune curriculum to meet organization's desired outcomes.
  • Group orientation to provide program overview and establish group rules
  • (Optional) DISC or 360º assessment + personalized debrief report for each team member. Results will be integrated into the goal planning.
  • Customization of curriculum and facilitation of training sessions over program timeline. Can be done virtually or in-person.
  • Program workbook and action journal for each participant.
  • (Optional) Set number of coaching sessions for each participant that can be used throughout the program to help apply the learnings in their day-to-day role.
  • (Optional) Integrated mastermind sessions for peer-to-peer learning opportunities to strategize on real pressing workplace issues.
  • Certificate of completion + digital badge for each participants
  • Pre & Post surveys for each session, as well as an overall course evaluation
  • Resource guide and coaching tips for the managers of participants to support the learning transfer in the workplace
  • (Optional) Coordination of an end-program participant insights panel or capstone project to highlight key learnings
  • Quarterly status reports to manager/leadership team to provide insights on overall participant progress
  • One post-program 60-minute coaching session with the manager/leadership team to discuss insights and provide recommendations for maintaining the momentum gained from the program.  

Let's discuss bringing the Activate New Leaders program to your organization.

We will learn more about your goals and challenges, and discuss customizing a program to meet your needs. Based on your no-pressure conversation, we will provide recommendations with detailed pricing information and next steps for how to get started.