Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

This program is available as part of our Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Program Dates: May 17, 2024 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET
1-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!

Program Overview

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering what it really means to be a leader? What is expected of you beyond the general responsibility of overseeing a group of people or a project? What do you need to demonstrate that indicates you are going to be an effective member of the organization as a leader?  

This program is intended to provide a framework that you can use to answer those questions and have a clearer understanding how you can feel confident and yet be humble about who you are.  You will know what you can do moving forward to demonstrate high performance. 

You will:

  • Explore the topics of leading vs. managing
  • Discover the vital few elements of leadership that will provide the most impact on your success
  • Gain insight about how you “fit” those elements and learn what you can intentionally do to close any gaps

The focus will be on applying what you learn, with special emphasis on the issues and challenges that you will face in your day-to-day experiences.  The tools that will be shared are best practice models with discussions of those models being applied to your circumstances. 

Impact & Benefits

  • Define leadership and its expectations
  • Gain a clear understanding of the difference between managing and leading 
  • Learn best practices that establish direction, build energy, courage, and credibility
  • Build a team committed to changing the status quo
  • Develop communication techniques that maximize engagement and quality conversations
  • Discover how leaders create focus and deliver performance through others
  • Recognize the mindset of a leader that sets the tone for the workplace

Key competencies that will be developed include:

  • Relationship building
  • Coaching to enable others to perform
  • Self-awareness
  • Communication

Who Should Attend?

Senior managers and key employees who manage or lead others.


Donna Goss is a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Moravian University, a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Fielding Institute of Graduate Studies, and a certificate in Organizational Development from DePaul University among others.

Donna was a Senior Consultant for Leadership Development at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In that role she was charged with designing and overseeing the leadership development of the Corporation’s younger-serviced, high-potential employees. 

Don Robertson is a Bethlehem native and graduated from Duke University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He joined Bethlehem Steel and worked in operations management at their Steelton operation for 18 years. He then became Director of Corporate Education and in 1991 teamed up with Donna, spending the next 11 years refocusing Bethlehem’s efforts to use Leadership and Organizational Development as strategic change tools.  

The Team

After both retiring from Bethlehem Steel, Donna and Don formed a business partnership and started the Leadership Development Institute. Today, Donna and Don continue their leadership and organizational work and have been supporting the development efforts of several national businesses.

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