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Leadership Development and Organizational Change

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These courses and certificates draw on a wide range of research disciplines to equip leaders with skills and knowledge to more effectively lead.

Overview

ILR trains the world’s leaders. One in Two Fortune 500 companies employs an ILR graduate in their senior HR team.

Our faculty lead in research on organizational behavior, labor law, and employee relations and combine it with the world-class experience of industry and organizational leaders. And, organizational leadership is bigger than the sum of individual leaders. Understanding how to lead with values, emotional intelligence, and negotiation skills gives leaders an edge. Our leadership training courses focus on thinking strategically when making decisions and delegating work.

Upcoming Courses

Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to harness emotions in sensing, understanding and responding adeptly to social cues in the surrounding environment. Measure your current EI level and receive coaching to improve it. Learn to use your EI to interact with others, solve problems and achieve higher performance.


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    Apr 26 - May 6, 2021
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    $1595

Register for Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders

Register for Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders

Costing Out a Contract (online)

This is a practical, how-to-workshop to give union negotiators and bargaining committee members the skills they need to prepare for contract negotiations. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate and participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    May 3 - 23, 2021
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    $199

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Leading Change

Learn to artfully inspire your people and motivate them to change by meeting them where they are with a fully realized, articulated vision for the future and concrete actionable steps to get there. This workshop offers a self-assessment, a method to navigate real-world scenarios and a personal action plan.

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    May 10 - 19, 2021
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    $1495

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Register for Leading Change

Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

This workshop emphasizes the rights of stewards/committee persons in resolving disputes in the workplace. The right to information, the duty of fair representation, and member’s right to representation will be covered. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    May 11, 2021
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    $199

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp


Obtain your Basic Labor Leadership Skills Certificate with this intensive virtual boot camp that provides the specific skills essential to success in your organization. Four full exhilarating days of interactive and immersive classroom training topics including stewards, basic negotiations, costing out a contract, and effective communication.


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    May 11 - 14, 2021
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    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Performance Feedback and Coaching: Engaging in High Impact Discussions

Build skills for developing impactful and engaging coaching conversations that improve team performance. Establish an understanding of when feedback discussions need to transition to a coaching relationship. Review theories for changing behavior, the importance of trust, crucial coaching elements and formulating successful development plans to enhance performance and build potential.

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    May 11 - 20, 2021
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    $1495

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Register for Performance Feedback and Coaching: Engaging in High Impact Discussions

Negotiation Skills

This introductory-level workshop is designed to develop the skills of union negotiators who do not have extensive experience in advancing a collective bargaining strategy and in conducting face-to-face negotiations at the bargaining table. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    May 12, 2021
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    $199

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Register for Negotiation Skills

Costing Out a Contract

This is a practical, how-to-workshop to give union negotiators and bargaining committee members the skills they need to prepare for contract negotiations, including illustrating how to calculate the projected costs of an agreement. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    May 13, 2021
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    $199

Register for Costing Out a Contract

Register for Costing Out a Contract

Effective Communication

For anyone who wants to improve oral presentation skills in a supportive environment. Overcome reluctance to speak in public, gain tools to organize your thoughts for a more effective/powerful presentation. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    May 14, 2021
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    $199

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Register for Effective Communication

Effective Communication (online)

For anyone who wants to improve oral presentation skills and overcome reluctance to speak in public and gain tools for more effective presentations. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program and participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    Jun 7 - 27, 2021
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    $199

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Private Sector Labor Law

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course surveys the major areas of the law as it applies to workers and unions in the private sector. Students will concentrate on major provisions of the NLRB, examining how NLRB and Federal Courts have interpreted the national labor laws.


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    Jun 7 - Aug 8, 2021
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    $625

Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

This tools-building workshop emphasizes the rights of stewards/committee persons in resolving disputes in the workplace. Participants will learn how to protect the grievance process, the equality principle, and how to simplify grievance writing. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program.


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    Sep 9 - 29, 2021
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    $199

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

Advanced Collective Bargaining

This online for-credit course helps union activists build the practical skills needed in collective bargaining today through role-plays and mock bargaining with students across the country.  Organizations benefit from union members learning bargaining skills in a safe environment instead of at the bargaining table which can impact the entire workplace.


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    Sep 20 - Dec 6, 2021
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    $625

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Labor Relations in the Public Sector

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program which allows busy union activists to take college credit courses regardless of their location or work schedules, this 11-week course is designed to acquaint labor relations professionals, union members, and union stewards with a basic understanding of public sector labor relations.


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    Sep 20 - Dec 6, 2021
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    $625

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Register for Labor Relations in the Public Sector

Negotiation Skills (online)

This introductory-level workshop is designed to develop the skills of union negotiators who do not have extensive experience in advancing a collective bargaining strategy. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program, participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    Oct 4 - 24, 2021
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    $199

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Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

Leadership Skills for Success: Engaging Employees and Building Teams

Master communication and leadership skills to effectively manage employees, establish priorities and delegate responsibilities. Building awareness of team dynamics and how to engage employees through group problem-solving and decision-making. Become an effective leader with the ability to develop productive relationships and ensure alignment and collaboration.


Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


Learn more about Leadership Skills for Success: Engaging Employees and Building Teams

Learn more about Leadership Skills for Success: Engaging Employees and Building Teams

Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Communicate effectively and respectfully in a multi-generational workplace while leveraging differences to build stronger work relationships. Understand why generational differences exist and prepare to change your mindset to use new ways of communicating with others. Learn to avoid making age-based assumptions that diminish both respect and trust.


Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


Learn more about Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Learn more about Bridging the Generation Gap: Communicating Effectively in a Multi-Generational Workforce

Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program, this course addresses the ethical dilemmas inevitably arise in the process of providing leadership. The causes of ethical tensions within unions and in the larger labor movement will be explored through readings about democracy, ethical theory, union history and structure, and organizational values. 


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

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Register for Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

Managing Conflict

This program allows busy union activists to take college credit courses regardless of location or work schedules. An introduction to dispute resolution theory and practice, this course examines the nature and sources of conflict and the role of negotiations, mediation, arbitration and fact-finding in the resolution of disputes.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

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Register for Managing Conflict

Labor and Film

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course examines the history of unions in the US through the use of film. Students will explore the various social issues raised by each film. Each week we will watch a film, analyze it, and discuss our reactions.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

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Register for Labor and Film