Especially for future and emerging leaders in Gen Y, come discover the key concepts of being a leader and the best strategies for developing your leadership skills and influence.  Learn the unspoken secrets that leaders know and the strategies they employ/exhibit in for influencing others. Leadership skills are acquired and learned.
   The action takes place in attending meetings, running meetings, interacting with others 1:1, and employing successful techniques to convince and influence others. You can become a leader if you know the do’s and don’ts; what to say, what not to say; what to do, what not to do.
One-month, William A. Draves, instructor

Unit 1
Making Leadership Happen
-What leaders do, and don’t do
-What Leaders Believe
-Attributes of leaders: what characteristics leaders have that others don’t
-Making it happen: becoming a leader
-Leadership procedures and processes, how leaders work
Unit 2
 Attending Meetings: Where the Action Is
-How to attend a meeting when you are not the leader
-The dynamics of meetings
-Recognizing the players in a meeting
-How to study.  The unspoken cues of body language, silence, objections,
-Studying/Reading the leader in a meeting
Unit 3
The Secrets of Leading Successful Meetings
-Creating your meeting agenda and objective
-The 5 Secrets of leading an outcome oriented meeting
-Getting something passed
-Understanding meeting procedures: Bob’s Process Model
Unit 4
Change: How to Influence Others
-Creating the argument
-Delivering the case
-Gaining support, before, during, and after meetings
-Taking leadership

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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$395.0000 USD
$145 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
William A. Draves has been leading meetings and organizations since high school, when he both ran local youth organizations and served on the Governor’s Committee on Children and Youth in his state. He co-founded his current work organization at age 25 and has worked with staff and voluntary leaders for almost 40 years. 
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • To outline how leaders behave, think and believe differently in an organization.
  • To deliver the information necessary to understand meeting dynamics and players.
  • To provide the keys to leading a meeting with successful outcomes.
  • To deliver practical, how-to techniques in influencing others to change.
Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

After attending this course, you will:
  • Have an understanding of the characteristics, skills and qualities leaders possess to create positive organizational leadership.
  • Know what to look for in studying the dynamics and leadership of meetings.
  • Possess the knowledge to run a successful outcomes oriented meeting.
  • Get practical strategies for advancing an idea and getting it accepted by others.
Completion Requirements