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Emerging Leader Survival Skills

Live Online Program



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Emerging leaders must be flexible and able to apply strong management, communication and strategic skills. In this course, you will learn to problem solve and collaborate in complex work environments, create a culture of open and candid communication, and leverage emotional intelligence to build great teams. 


Time to complete: 8 hours
Content includes: Activities, community discussion and learning resources
This program is for Emerging Leaders


Elevating Your Problem-Solving Leadership

Would you like to feel more confident leading projects and tackling problems that are ambiguous or new to you? Do you aspire to contribute more substantively in meetings with executives and cross-functional peers? Have you experienced analysis paralysis and/or challenges distilling insights from complex analysis in a simple way? In this interactive session, you'll be introduced to frameworks and approaches effective business leaders use to:

  • Identify ambiguous problems, issues, and opportunities from a strategic business perspective 
  • Prioritize and focus limited resources on the most critical issues  
  • Facilitate quick decision making in a multi-stakeholder environment and communicate recommendations effectively

Radical Candor

This immersive session will introduce the concepts of Radical Candor for soliciting, giving, and receiving feedback using the Radical Candor principles of Caring Personally and Challenging Directly. We will then dive into real-life scenarios, providing opportunities to practice Radical Candor in a safe and supportive environment so you can apply your learnings immediately at work and in your personal life. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a culture of guidance and feedback
  • Move from command and control to collaboration
  • Learn to offer both praise and criticism helpfully and humbly

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Emotions are data!  Emotionally intelligent leaders - those who can identify, understand and regulate their own emotional data - positively impact the emotions and experience of others. Research shows that these leaders have a happier, more creative, and innovative workforce. This interactive session, the core skills of emotional intelligence and practices that will help you cultivate and deepen these skills. You will learn how to:

  • Understand what emotions support and hinder your tasks as leaders
  • Increase your emotional agility
  • Support those you lead in learning all of these practices

This course requires about eight hours to complete. There are three two-hour live sessions on Jan 26, 27 and 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. Online content will be available from Jan 12 to Feb 23, 2021 including activities related to the live sessions, community discussions, and learning resources.



  • “The online format of this training was one of the best I've ever been to. The breakout rooms helped to foster small group discussion. I look forward to more Smith College courses in the future.”

  • “The content itself was impressive - it was a substantial collection of actions and dialogues to refer back to. I've heard from women in my company who took the course in the past that this is the training they refer back to the most, and now I see why. The curriculum is useful for both personal and professional life.”

  • “Your speakers are phenomenal with excellent content, new ideas and tools that we can use in our  development. I like the ability to network in and out of the session. This has been a great experience!”

  • “The models are applicable in a variety of settings both as a manager and direct report. There is a lot that can be gained from collaboration and authentic relationships. These tools are great examples of how to start prioritizing strong relationships in everyday meetings and operations.”

  • “The breakout sessions were illuminating and the subject matter is relevant and digestible in bite-sized chunks. I could easily transfer this to real world scenarios for myself and my team.”

  • “It was great to be able to have the space to work through new problems and engage with others. I learned so much from the breakout groups where we applied the knowledge.”

  • “The course pushed me to ignore my insecurities and be brave, and I grew a lot from that.  I've also added a few new peers with a shared experience to my back pocket.

  • “It was a very well organized training. The speakers were very engaging and the flow of the sessions was well planned with interactive chat questions, polls and breakout sessions.

Experience level
Emerging and mid-level leaders
Program Contact

Meredith Courtney, 

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