Academy Leaders Publishes Case Study on Work with Global Pharmaceutical Company

Manager at global firm views Leadership Excellence Course as career turning point

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Academy Leadership, an elite leadership training firm founded in 2000 by service academy graduates, has published a case study highlighting one manager's experience in its concentrated, three-day Leadership Excellence Course. In September and October 2014, Academy Leadership affiliates are bringing the Leadership Excellence Course to Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Tucson.

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Leadership training for managers and executives

Designed for leaders at all levels, the Leadership Excellence Course establishes each participant's Leadership Profile -- identifying personal leadership style and philosophy, and honing the ability to communicate them to team members. Three months of coaching sessions are included in the course fee so attendees continue to receive practical advice and reinforcement of key learnings.

Drawing on leadership training instilled at America's service academies

Academy Leadership uses a unique leadership development process based on principles used by West Point, the Naval Academy, and the U. S. Air Force Academy for instilling leadership, strategy and discipline. These strategies underpin today's successful corporate leadership philosophies to create leadership training programs guaranteed to give measureable results.

Course graduate Marnie Williams experiences career turning point

Marnie Williams, an Execution Lead at a global pharmaceutical firm, wasn't sure quite what to expect from the Academy Leadership course she signed up for this past spring. Based in the United Kingdom, she joined several of her colleagues to take the leadership course in Indianapolis on the recommendation of her supervisor.

Williams' job is to report to management with the holistic view on how projects are doing. She makes sure teams collaborate, have the resources they need, ensures budget control of the project, and recognizes and celebrates team successes. She had been basing her own leadership style on her past experience of being managed: telling people what to do. The Academy Leadership course showed her that a better path is to encourage team members and empowering them to do better. In fact, this had been her natural inclination all along, and realizing that there was value in this approach restored her confidence in her leadership abilities.

This emerged as she worked through the course requirement of examining and journaling her own values and discovering her core leadership principles. Participants work through the course modules, mapping out goal-setting and communication issues, with exercises after each question about how they would handle scenarios. In addition to being a tool for the course, it serves as a reference that participants find themselves using continually in their working careers.

Expressing values

"In fact, I'd never written down my values, core principles before and got emotional, putting it into words, and out there for everyone to digest. It was brilliant for understanding better who I am, and how to relate and communicate with my team members," she said. "I've come out of this course feeling empowered, like 'I really GET it now."

After completing the course and returning to work she shared some of her leadership goals and expectations with her manager's managers and direct colleagues, and received "fantastic feedback."

Group effort

Williams also appreciated the participation of people from other companies during the leadership course. She was purposely paired with someone who approached projects in a different way than she did, so each could learn how to deal with the differences.

Williams is a big advocate for the course, urging others to take it, including her boss. She attributes to the course a turning point in both her career and in her personal life. She has now found her leadership direction.

About the Leadership Excellence Course

The Leadership Excellence Course qualifies attendees for 36 PDUs from the Project Management Institute, 21 recertification credits from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and 36 CPE credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Due to its interactive and personalized teaching style, only 15 seats per course are available. The cost is $2,950 per person, with a special $300 per person discount available for groups of 3 or more.

Fall 2014 Schedule: Leadership Excellence Course - Open Enrollment

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  • Albuquerque Sept 15-17
  • Indianapolis Sept 16-18
  • Salt Lake City Sept 30-Oct 2
  • Tucson Oct 7-9
  • Albuquerque Oct 20-22
  • St. Louis Nov 12-14
  • Indianapolis Dec 9-11

About Steve Alltop

Steve Alltop is a leadership trainer and executive coach with decades of military and business experience. After 24 years of military service, including 40 combat missions as a USAF fighter pilot, Steve focused on helping companies in the defense industry equip modern warfighters with high-tech solutions. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Sciences, a Masters of Business Administration, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

About Bob Mason

Bob Mason is a leadership trainer and executive coach with decades of military and business experience. After 30 years of military service, which included commanding the United States Air Force's largest munitions squadron and lecturing on advanced logistics for the Air Force Institute of Technology, Bob turned to leadership training with such companies as Sandia Corp., and Xerox. He is a regular presenter for the Small Business Development Center in New Mexico and supports the New Mexico Innovation Alliance. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University and is the author of three books.

About Academy Leaders, Affiliates of Academy Leadership LLC

Academy Leaders was co-founded by Steve Alltop and Bob Mason, leadership trainers with decades of military and corporate experience. They are Affiliates of Academy Leadership LLC, a global organization of 32 leadership development trainers, all of whom have experience in both the military and the business worlds. Through its network of leadership training experts, Academy Leadership LLC offers open-enrollment and private in-house training programs throughout the United States and in some overseas markets. Learn more:

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