Program Improvement Cluster
  The Leadership Approach to Program Improvement:  How Leaders Inspire, Influence, and Achieve Results


Training Outcomes
Online Course
Certification Fulfillment Criteria
Participants will be able to:

Define the term leadership and  explain the dynamics of a leader-follower relationship.

§State key characteristics of effective leaders.

§Analyze their own leadership style.

§Differentiate between their role as a manager and a leader.

§Engage their staff in developing a vision, mission, and core values to guide program operations.

§Apply leadership strategies to issues they face in their adult education program.

Although your position as a program manager gives you the authority to accomplish certain tasks and objectives in your program, this power does not make you a leader...it simply makes you the boss. Leadership differs in that it makes the followers want to achieve high goals. To inspire your adult education staff into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. These do not come naturally but are acquired through continual work and study. Good leaders are not born; they develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. This course will help you through that process.

This six-hour online course takes a look at the characteristics of effective leaders and gives you a chance to examine your own leadership style. Then we’ll review some critical skills that are necessary for effective adult education leaders and ways you can transfer those skills into action.  While there are many definitions of leadership, one element that all have in common is the need for a vision.  We’ll look at the important role that a vision statement, mission, and core values can play in moving your staff and program to higher levels of performance.  Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to assess your current skills and apply key leadership concepts to the issues you face as a program manager.


In addition to participation in
all training activities, you will:
  • 1.Develop or refine, with input from staff, a vision, mission statement, and/or guiding principles to guide your adult education program;
  • 3.Respond to Program Improvement Decision Points; and
  • 4.Post responses in your electronic portfolio.
A Joint Initiative of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and the Center for Literacy, Education & Employment                                 © Copyright 2013