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Leadership for Managers



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Our Leadership for Managers program looks at managerial capabilities, how to evaluate them, and build the ones needed to create value for the customer, the employees and the organization. Enjoy the flexibility to reflect on your own capabilities and determine areas for self-improvement and growth.

Lisbeth Claus

Professor Emerita of Management & Global HR

Be(Come) an Awesome Manager

Why Be(Come) an awesome manager?

If you’ve ever managed or been managed, you’ll understand the critical role that managers play in engaging, motivating and retaining critical employees and talent. Most organizations neglect the role of managers, undervalue it and, therefore, suffer from a lack of strong management capability.

Employees want managers who will provide goals as well as direction, feedback and coaching—and who will recognize and reward them for good performance. Yet not all managers are delivering on these expectations and this has ripple effects for the organization in terms of engagement, productivity and retention risks. The Leadership for Managers program is an opportunity to assess your own skills, create your own development plan, and gain new insights.

Your Leadership Coach

Lisbeth is Professor Emerita of Management & Global HR at Willamette University (MBA) in Salem, Oregon (USA) and Visiting Professor at HS Pforzheim University (Germany). She is the author of two recent books: #ZigZagHR– Why the Best HR is No Longer HR (with Lesley Arens) and Be(Come) an Awesome Manager: The Essential Toolkit for Impact Leadership (with Scott Baker and Peter Vermeulen). Both books are available from Amazon. She writes monthly HR columns for #ZigZag HR Magazine (Belgium), The HR Congress (Hungary) and RE-BOX (South Korea).

Contact info: or via LinkedIn.

In a Nutshell

  • Based on the management book, Be(Come) an Awesome Manager: The  Essential Toolkit for Impact Leadership (second edition, 2021) by leading  global HR academic and practitioners (Lisbeth Claus, Scott Baker and Peter Vermeulen).
  • Three online sessions of six weeks each (October-November, January-February, March-April).
  • Uses a fluid learning model.
  • Bite-size learning focused on developing your metacognitive and lifelong learning skills.
  • Hybrid HR learning experience through self-study, a series of six online classes at a set time, and practical applications.
  • Learner commitment of three hours a week: 1 hour preparation, 1 hour webinar, 1 hour application.
  • Real-time customized feedback on assignments and coaching by instructor.
  • Small class sizes (maximum 25 learners per cohort) for teamwork and networking.
  • Earn bronze, silver and gold badges upon completion of each level.
Willamette University

Executive Development Center

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Campus

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.