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The SLII Experience™ – Powering Inspired Leaders

at American Management Association - Arlington

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2345 Crystal Dr Suite 200
At Crystal Dr
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this leadership training:

Learn how to adopt the right leadership style that generates heightened performance and improved productivity.

SLII® is the most widely taught leadership model in the world. It teaches leaders to use the appropriate leadership style in response to the needs of the person and the situation.

Our learning design—The SLII Experience™—uses game-changing techniques that immerse learners in SLII quickly, deeply, and effectively. In this program, you will learn a new language for leadership that will help you increase the quality and quantity of conversations you have with your team members, accelerate their development, increase their performance, and support autonomy. Becoming a situational leader will allow you to partner with those you lead, giving them what they need to succeed.


To fully participate in the class, please complete the Leader Behavior Analysis (LBAII) and the SLII Fitness Test and download the SLII app onto your mobile device prior to attending the course (approximate completion time is 30–45 minutes).

POST-SEMINAR BONUS (online support)

Get the SLII® challenge and comprehensive tools to help reinforce your learning for one year.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals in leadership roles, including executives, managers at all levels, project managers, team leaders and supervisors

How you will benefit:

  • Improve communication and become a more trusted and credible leader
  • Learn how to use SLII® to achieve greater productivity by infusing energy, self-reliance and drive within your employees
  • Create a collaborative work environment to achieve faster sustainable results
  • Avoid the negative outcomes of oversupervision and undersupervision
  • Obtain a critical thinking process for analyzing, diagnosing and acting according to the situation
  • Increase your effectiveness in setting goals, providing clear direction, listening, observing, monitoring and giving feedback
  • Retain your most talented employees by being more responsive to their development needs

What you will cover:

  • Diagnosing the development levels of employees and choosing the appropriate leadership style
  • Increasing the frequency and quality of conversations about performance and development
  • Creating a communication model for all levels of the organization to support cultural change and move toward a high-performance organization
  • Becoming a flexible leader who is highly skilled at goal setting, coaching, performance evaluation, active listening, feedback, and proactive problem solving
  • Increasing individual and organizational accountability by linking goals and planned intentions to an action plan

Course Outline:

Learning Objectives

  • Use a Common and Effective Leadership Language and Approach
  • Understand Why There Is No One Best Leadership Style; Leadership Style Depends on the Situation
  • Employ the Three Skills of SLII® : Goal Setting, Diagnosing, and Matching
  • Demonstrate the Six Conversations of a SLII® Leader
  • Recognize and Experience the Positive Outcomes of Matching Leadership Style to the Situation
  • Avoid the Negative Outcomes of Oversupervision and Undersupervision
  • Create an Action Plan for Improving Your Effectiveness as a SLII® Leader

Introduction: The Need for and Value of being a SLII® Leader

  • Identify the Importance of Leadership and the Leader’s Role in Accelerating the Development and Performance of Others
  • Recognize the Consequences of Ineffective Leadership
  • Recognize the Impact of Effective Leadership
  • Identify the Value of Using the Common Leadership Language of SLII®
  • Identify the Three Skills and Six Conversations of a SLII® Leader
  • Identify the Schedule and Milestones of This Workshop

Goal Setting—The First Skill of SLII®

  • Recognize the Purpose and Value of Goal Setting
  • Understand the SMART Goal Criteria (written and spoken)
  • Identify the Implications of Not Setting SMART Goals with Others
  • Craft SMART Goals and Receive Peer Coaching
  • Take the First Step to Apply SLII® to Your Real-World Situation

Diagnosing—The Second Skill of SLII®

  • Define the Skill of Diagnosing as Collaboratively Assessing an Individual's Development Level on a Specific Goal or Task
  • Identify the Two Components of Diagnosing Development Level: Competence and Commitment
  • Understand the Four Developmental Level Needs and Their Characteristics
  • Understand the Collaborative Nature of Diagnosing Others' Development Level on Goals and Tasks
  • Learn a Method for Resolving Disagreements About Development Level
  • Apply the Skill of Diagnosing to Your Real-World Situations

Matching—The Third Skill of a SLII®

  • Define the skill of Matching as Using the Right Leadership Style to develop
  • Others' Competence and Commitment (Development Level)
  • Identify the Four Leadership Styles and the Two Components: Direction and Support
  • Understand the Leadership Behaviors Associated with Direction and Support
  • Describe the Differences Between the Four Leadership Styles and the Need for Style Flexibility
  • Understand the Process of Matching Leadership Style to Development Level
  • Review and Interpret Your Leader Behavior Analysis II (LBAII®) Self Report
  • Experience the Impact of Matching and Mismatching Leadership Style

Applying SLII® —Practicing and Refining Your Skills

  • Review and Refine Your Understanding of Development Level and the Intention and How of the Leadership Styles
  • Know the Three Leader Choices to Match, Over or Under Supervise and Consequences of Oversupervision and Undersupervision 
  • Practice Diagnosing Development Level and Matching Leadership Style
  • Practice an Alignment Conversation
  • Know and Practice the Elements and Leadership Behaviors for Developing Others’ Competence and Commitment to Accelerate and Sustain High Performance
  • Practice Select Leadership Style Conversations

Plan for Development

  • Identify SLII® Strengths and Development Areas
  • Identify SLII® Sustainability Activities Required to Help Transfer Your Learning from the Workshop Back to the Job
  • Develop an Action Plan for Becoming a SLII® Leader

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