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Strong leadership skills are essential for driving more projects to success, fostering innovation and collaboration, and motivating others to deliver on organizational objectives.

Join leaders from other life science companies in a BioKansas cohort of the Wolf Prairie Real-Life Leadership program designed to help industry professionals lead and manage effectively. Because each leadership course includes managers and supervisors from regional life science companies, participants build leadership networks, engage in dynamic discussion, and learn industry best practices. The program is structured as 10 monthly two hour workshops, which minimizes time away from the workplace while also providing space to apply and practice concepts learned. Focus areas include developing an understanding of how to inspire and motivate others, increasing the ability to influence and drive sustainable change, discovering strategies to delegate effectively, maximizing time and effectiveness and learning tools to coach others to success.

This leadership program is unique because training doesn’t end in the classroom, it’s an entryway into leadership roles within the bioscience community. The benefits of being a Leader in Bioscience extends beyond the program and lead to meaningful opportunities within our organization and the broader community.



BioKansas Members:

No. of ParticipantsSingle Bill (per person) 12 Installments (per person)

Non-members: $2750

Space is limited to 16 participants per cohort.


October 21st (start day)
Third Wednesdays

Alongside the curriculum, participation provides the following opportunities:

Course content

Short, practical, interactive workshops spread over 10 months equip professionals with the mindset and skill set to be effective leaders in the life sciences. Focus areas include developing an understanding of how to inspire and motivate others, increasing the ability to influence and drive sustainable change, discovering strategies to delegate effectively, maximizing time and effectiveness and learning tools to coach others to success.

Learning Path

Before any real training and development can take place, a person must see the need and believe in its importance. In this powerful module, we focus on the true nature of leadership. 

Emphasis is placed on describing the heart of the leader, the sacrifice required, and establishing a foundation upon which to equip leaders with the day-to-day skills necessary for effective leadership at any level. 
“Servant-style” leadership is discussed as a vivid example of well-rounded, sacrificial, yet strong leadership. 
This session also drives growth through self-awareness using a specialized leadership-oriented DiSC® personality assessment called The 8 Dimensions of Leadership. (Book provided.)
Time is the most precious resource we have. We all have the same number of hours in the day. How those hours are spent will in large measure determine the level of our success as leaders and people. 
Unless supervisors, managers, and executives take ownership of their time, it’s difficult to accomplish all that is expected in the leadership role. This learning module focuses on creating the “margin” necessary to perform the role of leader. 
By learning and practicing the key concepts of focus, prioritization, meeting control, and personal planning strategies, we equip the leader to make the most of his or her most precious resource. 
Leadership effectiveness starts with a deep understanding of the people on the team. Leadership is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.
Using Everything DiSC® personal assessment, and a simple readiness assessment that considers willingness and ability, this module equips leaders to understand both their own priorities and tendencies, as well as how to assess those of their people. 
This module discusses the importance of adjusting leadership style to match the needs, preferences, and willingness, and abilities of individual team members. 
In the confusion of daily work life, a key task of leaders is to create clarity about what is most important. 
“Charting the Course” addresses the leadership requirement to provide a vision, create strategy, and establish goals. Whether a first line supervisor or senior executive, charting the course is required to ensure the team is focused on the right objectives and free of conflicting priorities and stressful uncertainty. 
This module teaches how to create a simple vision and strategic plan, aligning it with organizational objectives, and communicating it effectively.
A chain is only as strong as is its weakest link. Interviewing and selecting a new person for the team is one of the most important and impacting things we do. 
This module equips leaders with the best practices for interviewing, evaluating, and selecting team members. 
As a result, you’ll understand and believe why great care is warranted in the selection and hiring process. You’ll walk away with practical tips and strategies for interviewing and assessing candidates to ensure job and culture fit.
For leaders to be successful, they must be adept at distributing work, assigning tasks, and maximizing the productivity of the team. 
This module addresses the need of every supervisor, manager, and leader to get things done through his or her assigned team. It focuses on the specific task of delegation and follow-up to accomplish goals through people without micro-management.
You’ll grow your understanding of proper and intentional delegation and follow-up to ensure buy-in and follow-through.
The ability to “maximize results” is a fundamental element of any supervisory position. A core responsibility of leadership is to ensure that people are productive and contributing to the key objectives of the organization. 
The true measure of success for a leader is the level of results achieved through the people on the team. 
This module addresses performance management through setting expectations, providing corrective feedback, and reinforcing strong efforts.
It has been said that the only constant in life is change. 
Leaders at all levels must first embrace change, and then ensure that changes are implemented and accepted by their teams. 
This module teaches a simple change management approach to help ensure change sticks. In it, you’ll learn that all changes require proactive management to minimize unnecessary resistance and implementation difficulties.
Very few things are more destructive to a culture and work environment than drama-based interpersonal conflict. 
This module stresses the risks of poorly-managed conflict and the leader’s role in monitoring and addressing conflict in the workplace. 
Participants will walk away with an interesting perspective on the value of conflict, and how to embracing it as an opportunity for team growth. 
A very important role of supervisors is to ensure the growth and well-being of their people. This looks different for everyone, but the need for personal and professional growth is a fundamental human need. 
This module instructs leaders how to create simple individual development plans that match the needs and aspirations of people.
You’ll grow in your understanding of your role as a “coach” as you assess strengths and weaknesses, and provide growth opportunities to encourage employee development.

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