Defining Leadership is a proven program that takes leaders to new heights.
As ICAN’s flagship program for leaders of all levels, now 1,000+ graduates strong, Defining Leadership enables participants to discover new avenues to success through a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. After eight immersive, interactive sessions, graduates leave with greater self-awareness, heightened emotional intelligence and more effective techniques for living and working with authenticity. Defining Leadership is run multiple times a year, with a Defining Leadership for Women series twice a year and a Defining Leadership for Men series once a year. The group size is usually between 14 and 20 participants. These respective programs are open to people of all genders, inclusive of cisgender, transgender and non-binary identities.
See below for full program dates for both upcoming series.
“What I learned about myself and my ability is unmatched to any program I have ever been a part of to date”
– Defining Leadership Graduate
Enrollment is open for the next Defining Leadership series
Be a part of the next class of graduates who will gain a leadership advantage, be inspired to elevate their potential, and transform their lives, companies and communities!
Defining Leadership for Women
Split into four, two-day sessions over four months and taught by expert faculty, Defining Leadership can be a seminal part of your career journey. Each session involves small group discussions, interactive exercises and time for introspection, and each graduate receives one hour of individual coaching. All sessions are required. DATES for Fall 2022: September 22-23, October 20-21, November 17-18 and December 15-16 with a orientation on September 21 and an celebration on December 15.Register for Fall 2022
Defining Leadership for Men
Defining Leadership takes participants on a journey of knowing themselves more deeply — and translating that into whole-life leadership results. Using that newly discovered knowledge and confidence, participants will build a strong foundation to more fully understand others. In addition to self-assessments and self-study, the program’s expert faculty gives exercises that include peer dialogue, experiential learning modules and group interaction during and between sessions. Graduates leave with more clarity and purpose — and a stronger network of fellow leaders. DATES: February 2-3; March 2-3; March 30-31; April 27-28 with an orientation on February 1 and an celebration on April 27. Faculty for this session will be Dawn Gelderloos and John Slieter.Register for Spring 2023
Eight sessions to be a more engaged, inspired leader.
Split into four, two-day sessions over four months, and taught by expert faculty, Defining Leadership can be a seminal part of your career journey. Each session involves small group discussions, interactive exercises and time for introspection, and each graduate receives one hour of individual coaching.Register for our next class
Defining Leadership Helps You Stand Out
Defining Leadership is an intensive, transformational experience, building and bolstering self-awareness, emotional intelligence and leadership agility.
Specific outcomes include:
- Strengthened strategic thinking abilities
- Greater sense of confidence and accountability
- Ability to think conceptually to visualize the future with more clarity and purpose
- In-depth understanding of key leadership attributes
- Communicate with presence, poise and creativity
- Heightened team-building skills and utilization of team diversity
- Connection to a strong network of experts
- Understand others’ perspectives through knowing yourself more with an emotional intelligence lens
For more information on Defining Leadership and to inquire about pricing, please contact us.
ICAN offers 2 Scholarship Opportunities for the Defining Leadership Program.
If you work for a nonprofit organization, you may be eligible for a scholarship to attend Defining Leadership at a reduced rate.
Susan L. Henricks Defining Leadership Scholarship
The Susan L. Henricks Defining Leadership Scholarship program invites community leaders in any sector to leverage ICAN’s experience in developing leaders to build and sustain strong, healthy organizational cultures and communities.
They Spell It Out
Our expert, certified faculty members are well-versed in the language of leadership. They’ll help you define what success looks like for you and empower you to take hold of your leadership potential, grow in your career and make your goals a reality.
Laura was one of my favorite facilitators of any course I’ve ever taken. She is a great communicator, makes everyone feel welcomed (even virtually) and is so intentional about how she taught.
ICAN Program Graduate
You can tell that Karen not only knew this material extremely well but also believed in and embraced what she shared with us.
Dawn really cares about each of us as individuals and about our growth and that’s invaluable!
ICAN Program Graduate
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