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Leadership Microcourses

Short bursts of learning on essential skills and topics

Looking for "short bursts" of learning?

DDI's online learning library includes 70+ microcourses or "short bursts" of learning focused on a single topic or skill. Our learner-driven microcourses provide individuals with just the right information to address common workplace challenges. The 70+ microcourses address Change, Coaching, Collaborating, Conflict, Customer Service, Decision Making, Delegation, Essential Interpersonal Skills, Performance Management, Teams, and more.

Microcourses are designed to meet the various learning preferences of today's modern learner. Microcourses vary in length from seven to twenty minutes, and include short videos as well as more in-depth learning experiences with quick tips, pitfalls, self-assessments, and a variety of learning tools.

Here are some of the topics from our library of 70+ microcourses. Complete the form to preview two microcourses.

Unleashing Employee Initiative
An engaged, committed group is one of the most powerful assets you have when it comes to achieving your team’s goals. You’ll see a leader apply an involvement technique that yields great results with a team that seems to be hanging back. Along with the technique, you’ll learn about pitfalls to avoid as well as the neuroscience behind encouraging employee initiative.

Sparking Accountability and Action
Employees always want a supportive leader, but what does that really mean? You’ll learn about four types of support you can provide to boost performance while keeping accountability with direct reports. You’ll also learn more about how to gauge when to provide proactive support and when to hold off on coming to the rescue.

Authenticity and Transparency
The trust you build with your direct reports can pay dividends in times of stress. Follow a leader who learns to appropriately disclose feelings and share information to build trust during an organizational change. Neuroscience principles explain the impact of such authenticity and transparency. You’ll also learn tips for developing good judgment.

Giving Positive Feedback
Research makes a compelling case for praise as a driver of employee performance. Yet, giving praise can be harder than you might think, thanks to some common hidden biases. In the example a leader who intends to deliver praise finds that his approach is falling flat. You’ll learn why. And you’ll learn how to make your positive feedback sincere and meaningful.

Adapting Your Leadership Approach
You've just met with a team member to delegate an important assignment. But the meeting didn't go well. The person asked a lot of detailed questions that you couldn't answer, tried to push back responsibility to you, and left the meeting looking anything but engaged. Why didn’t things go as planned?

Letting Go and Delegating More
You're reluctant to delegate; in fact, you sometimes avoid it altogether. Why? Perhaps you don't want to let go of tasks and activities you enjoy. Maybe it's the idea of investing time and effort in getting people up to speed. Or maybe you think it'll be less stress and rework if you do it yourself. Whatever your reason for not delegating, you'll miss opportunities to take on new, more challenging responsibilities that can grow your skills and boost job satisfaction. However, if you know how to allocate the right work to the right people, you, your team, and the organization will experience the benefits.

Helping Your Team Achieve High Performance
When team members have skill and experience, they're likely to produce acceptable results. In today's business environment, however, teams often are under pressure to produce more than just acceptable results. As the leader, you can proactively create conditions that allow your team to reach peak performance quickly and without undue strain on any individuals.

Overcoming Resistance to Change
Change can be disorienting. When people must give up old ways of thinking and working while adapting to something new and unfamiliar, they can feel unsure, confused, or even afraid. So, it's only natural that some people will resist change—especially when they can't control it. You can overcome that resistance by encouraging people’s understanding, ownership, and trust.

Cultivating Effective Business Networks
Do you know everything you need to know to succeed in your job? Is it becoming more complex? Are you struggling to keep up with technology? Your job probably demands more of you than ever before. Maybe you're working cross-functionally or in settings that require a broader skill set than was required in a more traditional role. Even though you have more information than people doing similar jobs did 5 or 10 years ago, you probably have a smaller portion of the information you need to be successful.

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