ACS Leadership Development System® Descriptions
There are four main areas of core leadership competency, in addition to character, that are identified as essentials for leaders. These include personal capability, interpersonal skills, focusing on results and setting a clear direction. These characteristics have been found to differentiate outstanding leaders in corporate and many other organizational environments.
The ACS Leadership Development System® includes both self-paced online courses, to be taken when and where you choose, and facilitated courses providing hands-on learning and networking opportunities. Facilitated courses are 4 hours unless otherwise noted and offered at ACS National . Regional and Local Section meetings as well as at the ACS Leadership Institute, held each year in January.
All Leadership Development System Courses
This course will help you learn about ACS and begin to see where you fit, how you can benefit personally and professionally, and how you can contribute in setting the future direction of ACS.
Learn a practical 5-step process that will improve your ability to lead projects to completion – on time, within budget, optimizing your resources, and achieving your goals.
Focusing on Results
This course helps you gain information about projects and volunteer assignments so that you can clearly understand the scope of the project, resources, timelines, and expectations, in order to make the best decision about volunteering opportunities.
Learn practical tools to engage volunteers and to ensure successful and professional rewarding assignments, for the purpose of encouraging volunteer participation in future assignments.
Learn strategies and tools to be more effective in leading collaborative efforts. Gain practical skills that can be applied immediately in the lab, at school, in the office or at ACS.
Learn practical skills necessary to ensuring the future success of your section, division, region or committee as the baton is passed. Leaders will create their own succession plans for the leadership role they currently hold.
Setting A Clear Direction
Matching Interests with Goals is a unique online course that helps you gain a better understanding of what you want; what interests you; what will help you move your career in the direction you want; and what you can bring to the project.
Improve your understanding of the planning process and take advantage of the opportunity to develop your own strategic plan that aligns with the ACS Board of Director’s strategic goals.
Extraordinary Leaders (8-hour facilitated course)
Use personal feedback on your leadership competencies to create a plan for developing your leadership strengths to become and extraordinary leader.