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The Leadership Accelerator Program

Are you ready for the challenge? 

Leadership matters – in so many ways and at all levels of an organization. And it’s not only about getting leadership ‘right’, but it’s about every leader continually becoming better and more effective. The research is clear that the best leaders are continually building greater self-awareness and taking action to continually develop their skills and behavioral repertoire – big and small. The Leadership Accelerator Program is designed to sharpen both. This program will transform managers from task-oriented contributors to operational leaders focused on moving the organization’s priorities forward in innovative ways. Participants can expect to gain focus in their efforts and plans, lead and influence more effectively both upwards and downwards, and develop a concrete plan for continued acceleration of their leadership momentum.

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Attend the Program

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Date and Location

Fall 2020

Florida International University, Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8 Street
Miami, FL 33199

Who should attend?

Designed specifically for managers with 2-10 years of management experience. Well-qualified participants are responsible for leading a team of individual contributors. Job titles may include assistant/associate directors, senior managers, project managers, or managers.

Why attend?

Ranked #1 in the U.S. by in 2018, The Center's leadership development programs continue to gain recognition around the world. The 2018 awards by and Leadership Excellence Magazine marked the 5th year in a row that The Center's programs have been top-ranked, and the first time The Center's program were recognized with a #1 award in both the open-enrollment and custom program categories. Read more about our ranking.

Benefits for the individual

  • Build a strong understanding and awareness of self, and understand how self-knowledge strengthens leadership capabilities.
  • Strengthen skills to generate effective communication, drive optimal performance and ensure successful conversations.
  • Learn to direct energy to drive best possible outcomes for self, teams, and organizations.
  • Improve buy-in from key stakeholders to address strategic initiatives/goals.
  • Develop an action plan to tackle an area for personal and professional growth upon returning to work.

Benefits for the organization

  • Build organizational capacity for managers to assume greater responsibilities and capacity for mid-level managers to assume greater responsibilities.
  • Develop individuals to strengthen internal talent development and drive succession plan initiatives.
  • Identify organizational leaders capable of building leadership capacity and engaging those they lead.
  • Increase internal productivity and effectiveness.

Continuing Education


The Center for Leadership is a recognized provider of both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and SHRM professional development credits (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification). Participants of this program will be eligible to receive CEUs and SHRM-PDCs with participating professional organizations.

Program Fee

$1,995 – Includes tuition, program materials, breakfast and lunch for two days.

Special rate for
  • Advanced registration: $1,795
  • Non-profits, government agencies, and FIU alumni: $1,795
  • Multi-registrations (3+): $1,695

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Topics and Schedule

The Leadership Accelerator Program focuses on five critical leadership competencies:
  • Leading Self
  • Strategic Focus
  • Connecting with Others
  • Leading Others
  • Delivering Results
Topics covered include:
  • Leading self: leveraging the totality of who you are and engaging in self-reflection
  • Values: clearly defining the role of personal values in leadership to better understand your decision making process
  • Delegation: effectively delegating the appropriate decisions and tasks to the right people at the right time with proper follow-through
  • Communication: generating effective communication to drive optimal performance and ensure successful conversations
  • Developing others: providing tactful, well-timed, and appropriate developmental feedback
  • Leading change: gaining a fresh perspective on how to lead change for even greater achievements
  • Action planning: crafting a personal action plan for implementation upon returning to work
  • Valuable insight: participate in a roundtable with an industry leader

*Schedule subject to change

Morning Sessions

  • Leading Self: viewing leadership through the right lens
  • The Role of Values in Leadership

Afternoon Sessions

  • Direct Your Energy
  • Connecting with Others: Effective Communication

What leadership capabilities should you be developing?

Research shows that good leaders can become great, and even great leaders should continue to develop, reflect, hone their skills, and learn new strategies. Assess yourself or your organization with The Leadership Competency Builder by clicking on the button below.

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Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.
Program Chair


Michael Woodward, Ph.D.


Garth D. Headley


Ebony Smith

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