Oakland County business owners interested in improving their leadership skills are encouraged to enroll in Oakland County “Business of Leadership” classes.
The Business of Leadership classes begin in August and are designed to address the special demands faced during the growth stage of a successful business. Effective leadership improves employee morale, customer satisfaction, product/service quality and profitability. As small businesses grow, more advanced leadership skills are required to manage progress and rapid change.
“Oakland County is the driving force behind Michigan’s economy, thanks in part to our strong business leaders,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We want our business owners, executives and managers in all industries to have the most current leadership skills available. This training enables them to run efficient operations and keep employees and customers satisfied.”
Classes are offered in two cohort models. The first is aimed at manager-level participants who supervise at least two people. This class meets once a week for six weeks, starting Aug. 9. The second is for C-suite level employees, primarily CEOs and business owners. It starts Oct. 18 and runs for five weeks. A broad range of topics will be covered, including situational leadership, leading with personality style, leading with emotional intelligence, effective communication skills for managers, problem solving and making effective decisions.
“These classes focus on many of the most challenging issues facing business owners as their businesses grow, staff size increase and their leadership takes on even greater importance,” said Greg Doyle, One Stop Shop Business Center manager.
The Business of Leadership courses are taught by One Stop Shop Business Center business counselors and Oakland County human resources professionals. Both the manager level and C-suite level cohort courses are limited to 20 people per class. The enrollment fee is $500, with a $100 discount available for early registrants if paid two weeks or more in advance. Classes are expected to fill quickly. Persons can register at AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com.