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New to ACC: The Emerging Leader Ascent

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Lead Belay’s transformative leadership development experience for emerging millennial managers

How do managers become leaders worth following?

Good leadership can appear effortless when a manager inspires a team to work toward a common goal. But someone creates the foundation of any good team. Where do these people come from? And why don’t we have more of them? It’s a common misconception that good leaders are just born as leaders. Time for the mythbuster: Leaders are taught. They are not born that way. 

Anyone can learn the skills necessary to be a leader worth following if they’re willing to put in the work.

One reason new and emerging managers struggle is that very few of them are getting the support they need. Without the tools, resources, or confidence to do the most challenging job of their careers, most have to learn slowly, or fail, through costly trial and error. That’s why ACC has partnered with Lead Belay to offer ACC students a 9-week leadership development program called the Emerging Leader Ascent. The Emerging Leader Ascent helps new managers develop the confidence, skills, and insights they need to address their greatest professional challenges in the ever-changing modern workplace.

The Journey - A professional coach guides participants as they expand skills, build confidence, and develop their own leadership styles. Topics include: your leadership style & goals, role of the team leader, creating a cohesive team, feedback & difficult conversations, personal & team commitments“We’re so pleased to offer the Emerging Leader Ascent to our students,” says Amber Tolliver, ACC’s Workforce Development Operations Manager. “Its peer-based learning format is perfect for developing the higher-level skills that today’s managers require.”

A key feature of the program is that each participant is matched with a group of 5–7 of their peers who come from different organizations. Mike Kester, CEO of Lead Belay, says this is deliberate by design. “Our group matching algorithm is based on neuroscience principles. It’s proven that we learn better and retain more with a group of our peers who have similar challenges and learn even more when those peers are from different backgrounds.” 

Belay groups consistently report that they’re able to quickly form trust-based connections so they are comfortable supporting, challenging, and learning from one another.

“We take care to consider participants’ personalities, professional situations, and leadership strengths and weaknesses. And, no one is from the same organization so participants can share openly,” Kester adds.

Students who participate in the Emerging Leader Ascent receive

  • An Emerging Leader Assessment and personalized Emerging Leader Analysis full of insights about their leadership styles, strengths, and areas to focus their growth 
  • Peer group matching with 5–7 high-achieving new managers
  • Professional group facilitation by a certified coach
  • A seamless 9-week experience that requires just 2–3 hours of work each week

Don’t wait to enroll! Space is limited and the next groups begin the week of August 23rd!

Enroll in the program