SAL Advanced Leadership Program

  • “The trainer had me on the edge of my seat listening.”
  • “SAL Provided insightful information about each individual rather than generalized information”
  • “Practical knowledge presented in a memorable fashion”
  • “SAL was most helpful, for me, in improving my leadership skills. Helpful in understanding how to communicate clearly and the different styles of communication”

The SAL Advanced Leadership series and retreat moves current and aspiring leaders through a track that began with emotional intelligence coupled with communication skills; focused those communication skills to coaching a team; and finally, with driving the vision. This program is designed for executives, department heads, and aspiring leaders with several years of experience leading a team. The speakers are experts in the field of organizational management, leadership development, and executive coaches.

SAL was named after Sally Lentz-Crouse, who was a leader in the multifamily housing industry and a pioneer in the real estate industry. To keep Sally’s legacy alive, in 2008 the Indiana Apartment Association began an annual leadership retreat that has now grown into an extensive leadership series that helps multifamily professionals become innovative, nurturing visionaries. Formerly a women’s retreat, this workshop is now open to all members.

These workshops layer leadership skills and build skillsets. The first two workshops begin with laying the foundation to success and understanding the necessity of emotional intelligence. The last two explore practical applications of managing others and how to become the most effective leadership in a world of constant change.

  • Workshop Dates: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, 2019
  • Retreat Dates: May 30-31, 2019

Workshop 2: Being an Emotionally Intelligent Leader – February 22

Being “emotionally intelligent” is a critical success factor for any stress-tolerant leader that seeks to effectively manage results as well as relationships.  The pressure in any workplace is always generated more from managing the relationships.  Learn how to handle difficult exchanges by controlling your own reactions and guiding others toward more effective interactions.  In this session, we will explore the four cornerstones of Emotional Intelligence; Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management.   Participants will have the opportunity to take the EI Instrument before (or during) the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build Self-Awareness by recognizing their own triggers for stress and identify the source as internal (self-imposed) or external (other-imposed).
  • Engage in proactive Self-Management by replacing impulse-driven, counter-productive behaviors with well-reasoned responses.
  • Improve Social-Awareness by learning to read (and detach from) the responses of others during any difficult interaction.

Workshop 3: Deal With It! Handling Constant Change – March 22, 2019

The ability to effectively manage change is often identified as a core success competency in a fast-changing business environment.  When employees get stuck and appear resistant to embracing any new direction, it is rarely a simple issue of stubborn refusal.  A far more likely reason for not moving forward is a lack of basic problem-solving skills.  Any new vision or strategy will also create a brand-new set of problems that demand attention.  Most of us are comfortable solving the routine problems we have gotten used to.  New and unfamiliar problems demand fresh thinking and a creative approach.  During this idea lab, attendees will explore the link between successfully adapting to the change cycle and developing creative problem solving strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how embracing change and the ability to solve unexpected problems with a minimum of stress and drama are critically linked.
  • Identify the two primary types of problems and the main factors that impede resolution for each.
  • Explore practical methods to combat “we’ve always done it this way” thinking and apply new approaches to address professional (and personal) challenges.

Workshop 4: Managing You is Killing Me! – April 26, 2019

One bad apple in a work-group can drag down production by as much as 30-40 percent.  This finding by researcher William Phelps and reported by the Wall Street Journal, highlights a serious leadership challenge facing today’s manager – handling employees where performance falls unacceptable short of potential.  People aren’t bad but performance and conduct can be!  Having the skill to correct destructive behavior is critical – making sure we set the right conditions so that problems don’t happen in the first place is an absolute survival skill.  This session in the Sal leadership series that will cover everything you will need to know to set expectations, manage results and address negative behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how your communication style might be leading you Macro or Micro-Manage.
  • Identify the 4 hidden reasons behind non-performance and how to avoid them.
  • Learn to address a “bad attitude” by identifying behavior and providing corrective feedback that reduces defensiveness and focuses on limit setting.

Leadership Retreat: Visionary Leadership – Inspiring Action – May 30-31, 2019

Great leadership and hard work will only take you so far.  You need a Vision to galvanize a team, unleash energy, and inspire collective, coordinated action.  A great vision provides a clear, specific, compelling picture of what future success will look like, including those few key metrics that define success. It defines a target to be a lofty target to be achieved (yet to be accomplished) and clarifies the positive impact to employees, customers, and stakeholders.  During this session, we will also explore how teams translate vision into actionable strategy to set themselves apart and deliver exceptional results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore creating a professional (and personal) vision that can lead to successful transformation
  • Learn the 4 characteristics of a vision that can inspire higher levels of production and performance
  • Understand how strategic planning connects to visioning and learn how to avoid the two most common types of failure for any work team.