Leadership Development

If you are seeking a leadership position, have been recently promoted or hired into a supervisory position, or are looking to further develop your leadership skills, Madison College's Essentials of Leadership Series is for you.

Choose the topics you need, or complete the Leadership Essentials Series to earn our Essentials of Leadership Badge.


Leadership Essentials Series

If you are seeking a leadership position, have been recently promoted, hired into a supervisory position, or are looking to further develop your leadership skills, Madison College's Leadership Essentials Series is for you. Choose the topics you need or complete the Leadership Essentials Series to earn our Essentials of Leadership Badge.

As a an overall collaboration of (standard) leadership resources and practices, Leadership Essentials examines the practical behaviors and experiences associated with leading individuals and teams in day-to-day operational functions. These essentials serve as the foundation for more advanced applications of leadership practices, incorporating the various styles of leadership, applications of appropriate leadership traits, and the flexibility necessary to recognize the individual needs and talents of the leader and his/her reporting domain.

As both internal and external sources and forces of change act upon an individual, the ability to proactively prepare for and/or effectively react to a modification in “what is” allows for a cohesive transition of our behavior as the situation warrants. Through awareness of how change can affect our actions, and gaining an understanding of the value and reasons for change, we can better assimilate our progression and acceptance of the changes at hand while being an advocate and champion for the opportunities that may come to our role going forward. Also, understanding the overall change process and methods, practices and techniques to help facilitate change are discussed. Many organizations have great ideas and intentions, but many fail due to poor planning and poor implementation.

Specifically addressing a leadership style that recognizes the need to be flexible in a leader’s approach to “leading,” style varies by the situation presented to the leader. The leader moves through four primary styles of leadership, aligning his/her approach based upon the subject matter and the development level (maturity) of the individual being led.

Communication is not communication until the desired, intended meaning and message is accurately conveyed. Listening for meaning rather than quickly responding and checking for understanding and accuracy are emphasized. Leaders must not only be able to speak so others can hear them; they need to be able to listen to effectively make decisions.

Key to a productive, respectful and cohesive workforce is the ability to recognize the values and needs of the various generations and diversity present within the workplace. Understanding how each communicates, learns, what they value and how they leverage technology dictates how an organization must position its vision, values and business strategy to achieve buy-in and support for the greater mission. Also addressed are the underlying causes, motives, factors and catalysts for disagreement. Through the recognition of different values and viewpoints, resolution and often avoidance can be actively obtained by recognizing the behaviors and actions/reactions involved with conflict.

Actively planning and developing controls over the commitment of time spent on tasks, activities and engagements, time management seeks to increase effectiveness and productivity as it relates to the undertaking and completion of priorities. Engaging in the broad array of tasks to manage time includes planning, prioritization, delegation, tracking and analysis of current time commitments, organizing and effective scheduling.

This class will provide the skills necessary to create a more formalized open forum for communicating performance and work expectations. This setting allows for specific planning, interactions and deliverables based upon the needs of the individual and the origin of the structured conversation (i.e. performance-based, development-based).

Specifically focused on current behaviors, results and outcomes, the practice of providing continuous insight regarding performance acknowledges the presence (or lack thereof) of the expected results. Recognition builds engagement, both in current and future outcomes, while reinforcing the need to exhibit certain behaviors necessary for successfully performance in a given position.

Online Courses

If you want to improve your leadership skills on your own time, at your own pace, and from anywhere, this Online Leadership Series is the answer. These engaging series has been developed by industry experts and will deliver key insights and tools you need to advance your career. A combination of lecture, examples and activities, these modules make it easy and fun to sharpen your leadership skills. You will have access to all class content for a full year.

Transform employees into leaders with this comprehensive, online, on demand, leadership series. Training focuses on communication, conflict management, change management, diversity and inclusion, facilitation skills and emotional intelligence. Learn from examples, exercises, and key takeaways.

Other Courses

We offer a broad selection of leadership courses beyond our Essentials of Leadership badge that are perfect for the aspiring or current leader who wants to rise above the competition. Hone your communication and teambuilding skills, understand your strengths, or develop your winning sales methodology. Whatever your professional interest, these classes will take your skills to the next level.


Our emotional skills have a direct and important bearing on our relationships with others. We need to understand our feelings, where they come from, and how to properly express them. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions as well as to recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. This course will provide an overview of why EQ (emotional maturity) matters more than IQ (intelligence) in today’s workplace.

You run into difficult people everywhere, which is why it’s important to learn strategies to more graciously deal with them. This course will help you gain a better understanding of why others act the way they do, as well as provide ideas for de-escalating awkward situations.

Improve your relationships at work in order to build trust, become more productive and achieve better results. Managers, employees, or teams will benefit from learning how to focus on creating positive interactions in the workplace.

The SHRM Essentials of Human Resources is an introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of HR. It gives participants foundational knowledge and an introduction to behavioral competencies that are essential for business success. This course is ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills. Eligible for 15 Professional Development Credits.

Communication doesn't succeed until the intended message is effectively conveyed. That’s why leaders must not only be skilled communicators but also skilled listeners. This course will teach you how to listen for meaning. Communicating for accuracy and understanding will be emphasized.

The ability to successfully communicate at work is one of the key skills employers look for when hiring and promoting. When you become an effective public speaker, you also learn how to communicate clearly in all work situations — thereby enhancing teamwork, articulating ideas and motivating others. This course will teach you how to reduce nervousness, prepare and organize information to assess situational effectiveness, use visual aids, and plan and deliver presentations for different audiences.

Learn to write to make the best first impression and to be recognized as ready for the next step in your career through clear and concise communication. Employers place clear and concise communication skills at the top of their list when evaluating job applicants. This course will provide you with tips and techniques to quickly elevate your writing skills for success.

Crucial conversations shape expectations, relationships and outcomes. Leaders must plan and execute crucial conversations in the workplace to develop high-performing teams and negotiate important topics. Learn how to build cooperative and rewarding relationship, improve team culture and effect positive change in behaviors.


To register, use the course links above or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.