The Program

Leadership Essentials is divided into 5 dimensions, each critical in elevating the individual from the status of manager to leader:

  1. Organizational Leadership  This series of seven lessons provides leadership knowledge and instruction in the essentials of management including the distinguishing features of management versus leadership; developing an effective culture; establishing and reinforcing core values; motivating yourself and others; effective staff relationships; and strategies for celebrating success and rewarding accomplishment.
  2. Ethical and Professional Behavior  This series of three lessons provides leadership knowledge and instruction in the essential principles of diversity; the distinguishing differences between morals, values and ethics; and essentials of effective decision making in an ethical context.
  3. Stakeholder Relations – This series of three lessons provides leadership knowledge and instruction in establishing community and business to business relationship, and essential principles of mediation.
  4. Leadership and Vision  Shared vision improves organizational performance. A dynamic vision matures as an organization grows, and increases staff performance and commitment. This series of four lessons provides leadership knowledge and instruction in developing, articulating, implementing and nurturing a shared vision.
  5. Change Leadership – Leaders encounter rapid change in today’s society, requiring understanding and skills that contrast with the perception of control in outdated change management styles. This series of three lessons provides leadership knowledge and instruction in cultivating shared leadership during times of change, essential change leadership skills, and understanding what makes for an effective change environment.

Instructional Design

Leadership Essentials is presented in a learning format that provides leaders with an effective model to enhance learning. Each course has five instructional components.

Preparation information alerts leaders to those items to consider and prepare for prior to learning.

Meaning activities are designed to connect leaders with the concept of the lesson through their past experience and reflection.

Knowledge activities provide basic constructs, structure, and content of the lesson concept.

Transfer activities engage leaders in practicing skills that enable demonstration of acquired knowledge and checking for understanding.

Performance activities challenge leaders to apply new learning in a creative and meaningful way in the context of their work environment.

Learning involves getting the ‘meaning’ of the knowledge. Meaning is generated by the interplay between new information and existing concepts in the learner’s mind. Through this five step process you will relate the content to personally meaningful contexts or to existing prior knowledge, depending on the subject. You will search for analogies, relate to previous knowledge, theorize about what is learned, acquire metacognitive (reflective) skills, and derive extensions to use in your daily activities as a leader.

About Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials was originally developed from the core process that built the ASAP Elearning suite of educational programs built to help leaders in major school districts in North America. It has been adapted and authored to meet the needs of organizational leaders wanting to reach their maximum potential and help the people around them.

How to Buy

You can purchase the Leadership Essentials program on a per user, annual subscription basis. This represents a 50% saving over purchasing individual courses. The annual subscription price is $495 per person and gives you access to all 20 courses for an entire year.

We offer a money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied in any way you can obtain a refund within a limited time (due to the fact that Internet based content can be easily copied). To view the complete details, you can view our refund policy.

Leadership Essentials Courses

Communication & Recognition

HR01 Communication & Recognition

The skilled communicator enhances employer-employee relationships, commitment to organizational purpose and goals, employee satisfaction and motivation, and a positive workplace culture.

Building Staff Capacity

HR02 Building Staff Capacity

Staff capacity affects the maximum achievement an organization can attain at any given point in time. Key elements include the intellectual ability, knowledge, and skills of teams and individuals, the quality and quantity of resources available...

The Discipline Process

HR03 The Discipline Process

This course is designed to enhance your effectiveness as a staff leader and empower you to create a positive culture for all workers under your supervision, while ensuring that disruptive forces or behavioral deficiencies are minimized.


HR04 Diversity & Respect in the Workplace

This course examines diversity in the workplace, providing examples of quality relationships and their opposites, providing appropriate responses to disrespect and incivility.

Referent Power & Staff Leadership

OB05 Referent Power & Staff Leadership

This course will provide an understanding of the importance of referent power, how to recognize and cultivate it, and avoid the inevitable resistance or failures that accompany attempts to remove it.

Performance Standards

OB06 Performance Standards

Performance standards set the bar for team and individual achievement, and form the basis for appraising employee and unit performance. The effective setting of standards will support organizational and employee growth.

Working with Teams

OB07 Working with Teams

Before colleagues can function effectively as a team, everyone involved must learn how to be a member of a team and understand their role. Teaming combines the expertise of many minds, skills and perspectives.

Contingency Theory

OB08 Contingency Theory

This course will help individuals reflect on influences that affect technology, customers, competition, the labor force, regulatory compliance, and other factors necessary to ensure organizational goals are met.

The Leadership Management Dichotomy

OPS09 The Leadership Management Dichotomy

This course examines the managerial aspects of leadership and the significance of efficiency, preparedness, and effectiveness in managing the work environment.

Time Management & Prioritization

OPS10 Time Management & Prioritization

An effective leader must efficiently prioritize the myriad tasks, decisions and activities that occur in the daily life of an organization, and manage time effectively. Prioritization is both an art and a science...

Community Relationships

OPS11 Community Relationships

Community relationships can be a symbiotic relationship between an entire local community, a constellation of clients and partners within your business community, a community-based organization or agency and your business.

SWOT Analysis

OPS12 SWOT Analysis

Developing a fuller awareness of the business; its strengths and weaknesses; opportunities and threats; aids in strategic planning and effective decision making. SWOT analysis can offer valuable perspectives at any stage...

Principles of Lean Management

OPS13 Principles of Lean Management

In this course, you will learn how to apply a scientific method of experimentation and study to work processes and systems. Lean is not simply about cutting resource or staff costs. The focus is on process improvement and quality...

Asset Management

FM14 Asset Management

This course offers practical applications for working with data to ensure the most profitable decisions are made about the acquisition, use and disposal of assets and the processes, lean or otherwise, required to maximize returns.

The Value Proposition

FM15 The Value Proposition

This course is outward-focused on the delivery of true and/or perceived value to customers. It examines the value proposition elements of cost, quality, functionality and service. A value proposition statement must accurately portray...

Key Performance Indicators

FM16 Key Performance Indicators

This course examines how an organization can identify the wide range of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) required to assess the current level of performance of individuals, work units and departments, and the organization overall.

Marketing & Competition

CA17 Marketing & Competition

This course is intended to provide learners with an understanding of the “4 P’s” of marketing: Product, Price, Place (distribution) and Promotion, and their importance in a successful enterprise. The four P’s inform decisions that define targets for creating...

Leading in Customer Service

CA18 Leading in Customer Service

This course provides the rationale and specific strategies for differentiation through customer service. Lesson topics include the critical steps in customer interaction, the 8 commandments of professional service, building customers for life...

The Value Chain

CA19 The Value Chain

The value chain is used to identify opportunities for differentiation or cost advantage, helping the organization to select the most profitable differentiation or cost variables. Understanding the value versus cost of activities in the chain...

Continuous Improvement

CA20 Continuous Improvement

Organizational change as part of the business lifecycle, when positive, fuels continuous improvement and growth. This course provides a framework for a continuous improvement model that can be adapted to the organization...