The Emerging Leaders Program was designed for Etratech as a method of training key stakeholders within our organization, on the basics of leadership, and to build a networking support group internally. The program has kick-started the motivation and internal drive of all of the participants involved, empowering them to apply the principles learned in the workplace, in real time.
The basic premise of the program is to build exceptional and innovative leaders from within Etratech, in an effort to aid in succession planning for the oncoming years. “This program has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, now” says Carol Desnoyers, Director, Global Human Resources; “It’s a great program that really encourages participation from all levels, and forges relationships internally between participants…it’s a great thing for our organization.”
Marija Stevanovic, Human Resources Generalist, is the program’s facilitator and creator. She has organized the program in a way that utilizes videos, case studies, and encourages as much interaction and discussion from all of the participants as possible. “There is never a quiet moment, and you never get bored in the program. It constantly has you thinking, and applying principles in activities. Each session starts with an ice-breaker to get the group ready for what’s coming.” Covered topics have included the difference between a “leader” and a “manager,” how to develop effective presentations, performance management, recruitment and selection, and much more.
The program itself is scheduled on a monthly basis in four-hour sessions, with 12 participants attending each session for the duration of the year. Sessions are held in Etratech’s boardroom, and participants are urged to leave any communication devices outside of the room for the duration of the seminar to ensure their ongoing participation.
Leah Macquire, a current participant, notes: “What I like about the program is that I am able to apply what I’ve learned immediately after the session…for example, I’ve changed the tone of our morning meetings from negative reinforcement, to positive and empowering.”
Upon graduation from the Emerging Leaders program, participants are given a diploma.