We live in a world of ever accelerating change. Economic conditions have created unprecedented challenges...a challenge unique for many of us in our lifetime. Competition is fierce and unrelenting. Employees and their families live under a cloud of great uncertainty, creating stress and fear in the workplace. And of course, all are being asked to do more with less.
There has never been a time when the value of strong leaders is greater. When a leader must know his or her morals and values and instinctively do the right things…..day in and day out. Companies seek individuals who thrive on change, understand their personal leadership strengths and opportunities and are willing to look at continuous learning as one of the best tools for increasing their leadership effectiveness and addressing corporate needs.
It is here that SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) provides a time-tested and successful process to aid organizations in building that strong leadership team. The key word here is process. RLF is not just another series of classroom lectures. It is an interactive, engaging and motivating series of activities that provides the individual with a set of building blocks and knowledge necessary to lift them to the top of the profession. And in that process, individuals discover their own "authentic leadership style”. One that allows them to not only create effective strategic vision and tactical plans, but to do so in a work atmosphere that engenders trust, inspiration and a recognized sense of accomplishment for their colleagues.
Those who have experienced the Regional Leadership Forum refer to it as an energizing and life-changing experience. Those who sponsor attendees at RLF recognize that individuals who complete the process have been given the tools to assume greater responsibility and do so with confidence and a strong understanding of self.
RLF uses an experiential learning environment introducing participants to new concepts while enhancing interpersonal skills and creating a sense of mission. The RLF curriculum offers participants an open exchange on leadership approaches and practices. The RLF sessions are dedicated to the interactive learning environment to develop participants’ leadership, team-building, creative thinking, listening skills, global business skills, and knowledge of business ethics.
- Over a dozen leading business executives speak and interact with participants
- Discover and practice self-awareness
- Habits of continuous, life-long learning
- Managing change and diversity
See What CEOs and RLF Graduates Say About RLF
Watch an interview with June Drewry, SIM VP for the Leadership Development Institute, and three RLF graduates to see what they have to say about the benefits of RLF
Watch an interview with June Drewry and Darwin John, RLF Advocate and SIM Past President, as they discuss the value of the RLF program.
Read"Impressions of RLF" by Grace Jones, visitor of the 2010 NE RLF.
RLF in the News
Leaders Can Be Made
Promising IT managers develop leadership skills with help from Steinbeck, Shakespeare and Hemingway.
Q&A: Mary Finlay
Mary Finlay, Deputy CIO at Partners HealthCare System Inc. conveys the importance of honing leadership skills and speaks to the value she received as a 2001 graduate of the SIM Regional Leadership Forum (RLF).