Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
Taught by Lawrese Brown of The Engaging Educator
LAWRESE BROWN is the founder of Brown Coaching and Consulting, LLC, an organization on a mission to equip students with the skills, learning, and development necessary to navigate all post-secondary pathways. To date, they’ve equipped thousands of students with the 21st-century skills pertinent to college and career success through partnerships with top educational institutions and organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club Newark, Young Women’s Leadership Network, Step Up, and Girls Who Code.
Lawrese has a Masters in Educational Leadership from NYU and aspires to be a media maven like her birthday-twin, Oprah.
Realizing the connection between improvisation and communication, The Engaging Educator (@TheEngagingEd), specializes in customized improv-based education. We provide classes that enhance public speaking, creativity, flexibility, positive risk-taking, teamwork and more by flexing improv muscles. Beyond our classes for educators and professionals, we also specialize in improv for high school students, corporate workshops, and improv for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals with cerebral palsy.
One of the top reasons our female clients take our improv class is to develop leadership skills. Unfortunately, a lot of them think they have to pretend to be someone they aren’t, and develop qualities that aren’t innately part of who they are. The reality is, most of us have those coveted leadership skills already, it’s simply a matter of honing our style, reading a situation, and knowing when to bring out active listening (always) and when to focus in on things like motivation, responsibility and delegation.
Great leaders have mastered communication skills, and that’s our first focus in this class designed specifically for women who are in leadership roles or want to be in leadership roles. After connecting with communication, we’ll explore other aspects of leadership, like how to give effective feedback, when to be positive (and when to be realistic), and how to develop creativity with your team, all through interactive activities. We’ll have an open discussion of challenges and struggles, as well as celebratory moments for everyone coming out and committing to improvement.
This class is great for current and aspiring leaders - you’ll leave with a greater understanding of your personal style, strengths and areas of growth, as well as activities for you and your team to continue to grow and develop. Aside from communication skills, there is one absolute about great leaders - they are always growing, and encouraging growth.