Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership was established in 2008 as a tool for developing Austin SHRM leaders and as a reward to our volunteers and their employers for the hours of service they dedicate to the human resource profession.
The program includes a Cohort styled program with nine, 4-hour modules, which are pre-certified through HRCI/SHRM for up to 36 hours of recertification credit. This is a creative and innovative program designed, developed, and implemented to meet the professional development needs of today’s HR professionals.
Students of the program include Austin SHRM members and non-members designed to provide opportunities for recertification credit, create a pipeline of emerging leaders for Austin SHRM’s Board of Directors, and to meet employers needs for improvement of employee engagement, retention, and professional development.
2022 Dates & Course Overview
Module 1 – March 17 – DiSC: Self-Awareness
Participants are introduced to the DiSC learning model and the four basic styles of management then read, discuss, and reflect on their management styles. Participants also explore how they tend to manage time, decision making, and problem solving and learn how to recognize others’ DiSC styles through group activities. DiSC assessment administered.
Module 2 – April 21 – DiSC: Building Collaborative Teams
Participants explore their perspectives on five key management activities: Directing, Delegating, Motivating, Developing, and Influencing Others. They do this by reading about and discussing their strengths and challenges in each of those areas. This course is proven to increase the effectiveness of anyone in an assigned or perceived management role--whether managing direct reports or managing relationships within cross-functional networks. DiSC assessment utilized.
Module 3 – May 19 – Navigate Team Dynamics using Emotional Intelligence
Teaches participants to read the emotional and interpersonal needs of a situation and respond accordingly. By combining the personalized insights of DiSC with active emotional intelligence development, participants discover an agile approach to workplace interactions, empowering them to meet the demands of any situation.
Module 4 – June 16 – Credible Activist
The objective of this workshop is to learn what it means to be a “Credible Activist,” as well as why it is so critical for the success of an organization. As a credible activist, the HR professional will be more of a player instead of a spectator, thereby helping their organization perform better, which has a direct impact on the organization’s bottom line.
Module 5 – July 21 – Culture & Change Steward
This workshop gives HR professionals an understanding of the role of the “cultural steward” and how to recognize, articulate, and help influence the organization’s culture in order to facilitate change and true employee engagement through coaching, influencing and motivation others to reach their full potential.
Module 6 – August 18 – Talent Manager / Organization
This interactive and practical session will explore cutting-edge themes in attracting and retaining talent that result in new skills, tools and ideas for igniting team members to be committed contributors who care deeply about their employers’ success while unleashing their own potential at work.
Module 7 – September 15 – Strategy Architect
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to strategically think beyond HR and more broadly of the overall business, how to ensure alignment with the organization’s business strategy, how to recognize problems and trends and their impact on the organization and communicate the strategic direction into business and HR initiatives, and how to interpret and effectively communicate customer feedback so that employees see how their work is directly linked to the organization’s business strategy and the customer.
Module 8 – October 20 – Operational Executor
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to manage the daily operational activities, such as implementing workplace policies, and how HR technology can free up time and energy so that HR can be more transformational for the organization.
Module 9 – November 17 – Business Ally
The objective of this workshop is to learn how to read and interpret financial statements, how to identify the organization’s true customers, and how to act on this information so that HR can create value by directly impacting the customer, and thereby having a measurable impact on the organization’s bottom line.
Program Completion Recognition:
Details (time & location):
8:00 am - 12:00pm
Programs similar to Austin SHRM's SHRM Pinnacle Award winning leadership development course cost approximately $4,500/person. However, Austin SHRM members are offered the course at the discounted rate of $375. Non-Austin SHRM participants may participate in the program for a fee of $450 per person. This is payable no later than March 1, 2022.
What are participants saying about Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership?
Starting the Stepping Stones Leadership Program through Austin SHRM was a big step out of my comfort level, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a little nervous about the process all together. Through the different modules, I learned about myself, grew both professionally and personally in my relationships with many different people with different personalities, backgrounds, and ages. My manager has noticed my growth and even my communication and understanding with multiple generations has improved. I made great contacts and friends during my time with The Stepping Stones Leadership Program. - Heather Miller, 2019 SS Graduate
I got actionable information at every session, learned a ton about myself, and built a new network of amazing HR professionals. I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. – Erin Aubry