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Leadership Skills for Tribal Executives,
Managers and Government Officials



Leadership is about seeing the big picture and inspiring others to share in your vision. Its also about listening, observing, making the right compromises, and empowering and developing others. In this important class, youll hone the interpersonal and strategic thinking skills you need to serve as an effective leader in Indian Country.

Perfect for tribal executives, managers, board members, council members or anyone inor aspiring to be ina leadership role.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
What is Leadership?
  • The leader's roles
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Indigenous vs. Western perceptions of leadership
  • Essential skills every leader needs
  • The leadership focus of:
    • Board and council members
    • Executives
    • Management
A Leader's Role in Protecting and Enhancing Tribal Sovereignty
  • Key terms and concepts:
    • Inherent sovereignty
    • Retained sovereignty
    • Government-to-government relationships
    • Trust responsibility
  • Safeguarding and exercising sovereignty through:
    • Tribal constitution, bylaws, civil codes and criminal codes
    • Employment policies
    • Tribal enrollment policies
    • Economic development
    • Tribal land use management
    • Tribal courts
    • Federal courts
    • Jurisdiction
Strategic Thinking in Leadership
  • Setting a strategic direction
  • Deciding on your organization or department's vision, mission and goals
  • Thinking in terms of alignment
  • Strategies for fostering an organizational culture that aligns with your strategic goals
  • Group-techniques for setting priorities effectively:
    • Brainstorming
    • 100 votes
    • Multivoting
    • Nominal Group Technique
  • Developing or evaluating policies and procedures:
    • Benefits and limitations of policies
    • Understand the difference between policies and procedures
    • Framework for evaluating policies
    • Setting policies - the process
  • Tips for uncovering root causes - not just symptoms - of problems
  • Strategies for thinking creatively to find hidden solutions
Interpersonal Skills for Leaders
  • How to build trust, credibility and respect:
    • The 4 cornerstones of credibility
    • Signs you trust and respect others
    • Signs others trust and respect you
    • Warning signs of distrust to watch out for
    • Trust-building techniques
    • Communication that builds trust
    • Restoring trust after it's been breached
  • Communicating like a leader:
    • What is communication?
    • Selecting the right means of communication for your message
    • Active listening
    • Questioning techniques
    • Body language
    • Making sure the message you intend is the one that's received
  • Cultivating your emotional intelligence (or EQ):
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-regulation
    • Motivation
    • Empathy
    • Social skills
Interest-Based Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills
  • Identifying the root causes of conflict
  • Guide to healthy debate
  • Negotiation skills
Improving Interactions between Board, Council, Executive Staff and Management
  • Roles of the board or council
  • Roles of executive staff and management
  • The cornerstones of a good relationship between board/council and staff
  • Identifying and analyzing frustrations between board/council and staff
  • Pros and cons of different models for board-staff interactions:
    • Channeling
    • Structured interactions
    • Collaborative governance
  • Guidelines to clarify board-staff contact
Empowering and Developing Others
  • Understanding what motivates and inspires others:
    • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    • Herzberg's Two Factor Theory
    • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
    • Identifying what motivates different individuals
    • Understanding generational differences
  • Coaching:
    • Recognize the benefits of coaching
    • Identify the role of the coach
    • Understand the techniques involved in successful coaching
    • How to conduct coaching sessions
  • Mentoring:
    • Mentoring and leadership
    • What does it take to be a mentor?
    • Different types of mentoring
    • Mentoring checklist
    • Mentoring code of ethics
  • Essential elements of support programs for tribal member employees:
    • Obtaining buy-in for the program
    • Developing a plan
    • Identifying barriers
    • Offering support for the new hire
    • Creating a contract for success
    • Orientation
    • Bridge positions
Time Management for Busy Leaders
  • Tips and tricks for prioritizing tasks
  • Identifying your personal obstacles to effective time management
  • Eliminating low-yield activities
Effective Delegation
  • Why delegate?
  • What to delegate?
  • When to delegate?
  • How to delegate?
  • Whom to delegate to?
  • How to identify and avoid micromanagement
Holding Yourself and Others Accountable for Results
  • Set expectations
  • Invite commitment
  • Measure progress
  • Provide feedback
  • Link to consequences
  • Evaluate effectiveness

*Topics subject to change.

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