Connected Leadership: Creating and Retaining an Engaged Team

This online program is designed for mid-level and senior managers and is available as part of our Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Program Dates: December 1, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET
Delivery: One Day In-Person at Lehigh University 
Program Cost: $1,195 (Includes meals)

Private Delivery Available: If you have a group of 15 or more, please contact us at to arrange for a private offering of this program! This program is available in 2 formats: live online (3 sessions) or in-person (1 day).

Lehigh Connected Leadership Course, Executive Education Program with Michelle Tillis Lederman

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Program Overview

Do you want to be a leader people want to work for? Creating a strong, engaged team translates into a more positive work environment, lower turnover, and greater productivity and collaboration. It also has a direct effect on your organization’s bottom line: according to a Gallup study on workforce engagement, companies with engaged employees outperform their competition by 147 percent.  

Connected Leadership will help you develop the specific skills you need to better connect with your employees. Through this dynamic, highly interactive workshop, you will learn how to build stronger relationships that increase your value, influence, and impact. A series of deeply engaging, personalized sessions will leave you with increased clarity on your leadership brand, new tools and skills, and greater confidence—ready to engage your team and expand your influence throughout your organization.

Impact & Benefits

  • Lead with confidence and authenticity
  • Excel in making new and lasting connections
  • Make a strong, positive first impression
  • Minimize interpersonal friction
  • Build trust to improve productivity, morale, loyalty, and retention
  • Discover your personal Thinking Preferences* and identify those of others
  • Improve collaboration, reduce conflict and increase your influence

*The Thinking Preferences Assessment (TPA) by NBI® is an online assessment each participant will complete prior to the program. The TPA reveals your Individual Thinking Preferences – that is, which part of your brain you prefer to exercise the most in thinking and learning. Your profile gives an indication of how you prefer to communicate, manage, learn, teach, lead, solve problems, make decisions, and form relationships. Understanding these preferences allows you build on your strengths, address challenges, and adapt to better manage specific situations and individuals. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders/Corporate Executives
  • Mid-Level or Newly Promoted Managers
  • Entrepreneurs/Small Business Owners
  • Sales/Business Development Professionals
  • HR/OD Decision Makers
  • Job or Promotion Seekers


Michelle Tillis Lederman, M.B.A., author of four books on leadership and careers, executive coach, and CEO of Executive Essentials. 


“I loved Michelle's course! The lessons and ideas she shared throughout the day helped me understand my own strengths and how important it is to understand the personality strengths of the people you work. Through class participation she was able to demonstrate how by adjusting your approach with certain people, personalities, you may find more success in your relationships. Michelle provided a lot of information but stressed that it is okay to start with 1 or 2 things to focus on at a time. I highly recommend the course.”

Jami Bisetti Neary, Senior Manager - Cost Segregation Services, Mazars USA LLP

Attending Michelle's class provided a thought-provoking opportunity to not only examine my own personality type but to also provide tools to help determine the dominant personality types of individuals with whom I interact and methods to optimize those interactions. Michelle has an in depth understanding of the topic and uses just the right amount of student interaction to keep the classroom engaged and maximize learning.

Tony Sneska, Vice President - Marketing & Sales, McINNIS Cement

Being in the IT industry I get to be an audience member to a lot of speakers who preach about leadership. Michelle’s approach to engaging an audience was completely fresh, insightful, and it actually led to me making a change in behavior. She actually found a brilliant way to create impact when she showed you the behavior she wanted you to implement into your daily work routine without the audience realizing it, into her own stage presence. She completely cut through the “noise” of professional advice out there by being very tactical in her presentation.” 

Calhoun Taylor, Manager, Business Development at SYNNEX

Fantastic course with a lot of energy and insight! Good balance of formal course content with practical group exercises designed to give leaders of all levels insight to their existing skills as well as insight to style(s) they may not have thought of. Great course for those in leadership roles, sales roles where understanding your customer's style is critical to success, and those in influential leadership roles.

Curtis Junge, Business Director - Industrial Gases North Region at Air Products


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