Steve Gladis to Present Leadership Communication Certificate Series

Posted: February 25, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

To be a successful leader, individuals must often rely on their communication skills.

The key to maintaining strong client relationships, motivating staff or influencing corporate change is often effective and efficient skills and abilities in writing, speaking, listening and influencing others.

The Office of Continuing Professional Education will present a four-part Leadership Communication Certificate Series conducted by Steve Gladis, part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication. The series is based on his most recently published book, “The Journey of the Accidental Leader,” which explores the world of leadership from the perspective of a young man accidentally thrown into a leadership role.

The seminar series focuses on practical and useful communication techniques in the areas of team writing, dynamic presentations, powerful persuasion and leadership communication styles. The series of four sessions will be held at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va. Each session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Having effective leadership communication skills is often an unseen tripping point for most people,” says Gladis. “To be a successful leader, an individual can’t have poor communication skills. You can’t separate one from the other.” Outlines of each session follow.

  • Tuesday, March 18: Gladis will educate participants on how the team writing process works and how personality type affects writing styles. Participants will receive a copy of Gladis’ books, “WriteType: Personality Types and Writing Styles” and “Survival Writing for Business.”
  • Tuesday, April 8: Gladis will focus on key areas of valuable public speaking strategies, such as developing a strong introduction and conclusion to any presentation and using corporate and personal stories to make ideas become real. Participants will receive a copy of Gladis’ book, “Powerful Presentations.”
  • Tuesday, April 29: In this session, participants will learn how to convince people and teams to see their vision, embrace it and execute it. A copy of social psychologist Robert Cialdini’s book, “Influence,” will be given to each participant.
  • Tuesday, May 20: Participants will learn how to identify their particular leadership communication style and how it affects others. Participants will receive a copy of psychologist David Keirsey’s book, “Please Understand Me.”

“The world is full of people with great technical skills who really know the ins-and-outs of their jobs,” says Gladis. “But if you don’t have the communication skills to back that up, you won’t go anywhere.”

Gladis will also host a new workshop titled “The Journey of the Accidental Leader” on Tuesday, June 10, aimed at those who have unexpectedly fallen into leadership positions. Participants will receive a copy of Gladis’ new book.

Gladis currently serves as president and CEO of Steve Gladis Communication (SGC), an executive communications firm. A former FBI special agent and author of 13 books, Gladis has coached, consulted and taught many professionals in the Northern Virginia region, including those working for Lockheed Martin, Washington Gas, the Washington Post and Inova Health System.

The cost of each four-part session is $395. The cost of the June workshop is $150. (Mason faculty and staff receive a 50 percent discount on a space-available basis.) A registration form is online. Those who register for the full Leadership Communication Certificate Series will receive a discounted rate and a complimentary seat in the June workshop.

For a complete schedule, visit the OCPE web site.

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