Virtual Management Academy

Leadership For Managers 12-Week Development Program

According to studies done by Gallup, Managers have the greatest impact on employee engagement. They account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units. Managers who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged cost the U.S. economy close to $400 billion annually.

Everything they do & don’t do creates a domino effect. Leadership for Managers helps develop High Talent Managers who are willing to do the work and enhance their culture. This 12-week program is guaranteed to move the needle.

Upcoming Dates
LEADSpeak: Keys to Effective Communication - Begins July 16
Fundamentals: Foundation for Leadership - Begins July 19

Outline of the Program/Expectations:

Summit is an innovative online leadership training program that hones essential leadership skills for managers. Each core module spans 5-6 weeks, with a commitment of 2 hours per week. The program consists of Basecamp sessions and Advanced Summit Training sessions, allowing participants the flexibility to choose sessions á la carte.

Two Ways to Navigate Summit:

  • Á la Carte: Any program within the BaseCamp section can be taken as a stand-alone course.
  • Summit: Leadership for Managers Certification Journey:
    1. Step 1 – Management assessments and initial coaching session
    2. Step 2 – Complete and pass any six BaseCamp training sessions
    3. Step 3 – Complete and pass any two Advanced Summit training sessions

Basecamp Sessions:

  • Fundamentals: Foundations for Leadership
  • The Art of Self-Leadership
  • Mastering the Moment: The EQ Advantage in High-Impact Situations
  • Performance Leadership
  • Diplomacy: Conflict and Negotiation
  • Team Leadership and Collaboration
  • Strategic Leadership and Decision Making
  • Change Leadership
  • LEADSpeak: Keys to Effective Communication
  • Ethical Leadership Excellence
  • Innovative Leadership

Advanced Summit Training Sessions:

  • Advanced Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Developing Culture
  • Leadership Resilience and Crisis Management
The online training is facilitated engagingly with assessments, experiential processes, practice, weekly action plans, and accountability. This reinforces the learning along with the application.
The Zoom live virtual classroom is held twice a week and each session will be 2 hours. We have two scheduled break weeks through the three months to help with digesting the information. We max each group out at 10 so it allows for discussion, processing, learning from each other and accountability. This is a deep dive on the leadership side of what it takes to be a High Talent Manager.
  • The first session of the week is focused on the skill. This includes book work, interactive processes, discussion and introspective work.
  • The second session of the week is focused on problem-solving and real time application.


Summit is focused on advancing your managers to higher performance when it matters through engaging, transformative online workshops with a focus on the core leadership skills of what it takes to be a high-level leader.

The online training is facilitated engagingly with experiential processes, practice, weekly action plans, and accountability. This reinforces the learning along with the application. We create the “stickiness” factor!

Who Should Attend

Whether you’re new to management or a well seasoned manager, if you lead people and want to improve your leadership skills as a manager, this program is for you.

Competencies Covered

  • Vision, mission, values (clarity of self and clarity of the team)
  • Mindset
  • Image, attitude, demeanor, brand
  • Successful habits; time management, priorities, goals
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • The High Talent Manager
  • Qualities of a synergistic team
  • Building trust
  • Understanding and working with different and difficult personalities
  • Creating an engaged culture
  • Psychological safety – what it is and how to create it
  • Different leadership styles
  • Leadership credit
  • Conflict management using the TKI (Thomas Kilmann Conflict Instrument)
  • Active listening and listening styles
  • How to give and receive feedback
  • How to run a meeting
  • Asking versus telling – become great at asking questions
  • Managing up
  • From co-worker to boss – relationship dynamic

What Past Attendees Say

Cassandra King We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air

“This has been the most amazing experience I have ever taken part in. This class shows the true value of what it means to go all in. The training gives you the opportunity to reevaluate your purpose in life.”

Edward Powers Lt. Colonel (Ret.)

“BOLD shocked me and broke down long-standing, self-inflicted limitations that have been holding me back from my true potential for years. This is not another 7 habits, 20 rules, or 3 steps.” BOLD is different. Driven Leadership will show you something you have never seen before, something about

Peter Smith USC Head Coach, Men’s Tennis

“In 28 years this was the best off-court process, exercise or team training we have ever done for our team. It was amazing to see the transformation from start to finish for the individuals and team.”

Pablo M.

I attended the Bold Advanced Leadership course in 2019 and it was one of the best experiences of my life! Mary and her team are fantastic and they will get you to a new level of growth and leadership skills. I have been able to share the skills that I have learned with my teams and with my family, and I can’t say enough good things about this program! It will change your life!

Ryan H.

Driven for Leadership helped change my career and approach to life, work, and others. I attended Bold and it was an amazing experience. It is not for those that just want to have “fun” and play games. It is for those that are serious and want to dive in to their life and making it better. If you want that !!!! BOLD IS FOR YOU!!!! You will walk away a better person, a better spouse, a better employee or boss – A BETTER YOU!! Loved every minute of it!

Ashley H.

BOLD: Advanced Leadership was a life-changing experience. I can’t speak highly enough of this program and the team that leads it. It’s unlike any leadership training I’ve experienced. It’s fully immersive and the results last. Since I attended BOLD in 2020, I’ve seen changes in myself, my spouse (also a graduate), our careers and even in our personal lives. We’ve had the courage and confidence to tackle things we only dared to dream about in the past. A HUGE thank you Driven Leadership, the founders and the people who keep it going! You’re truly changing lives.

Dean R.

The experience I have had with Driver Leadership is second to none. My life has transformed and changed for the better because of the training I have been able to experience with Eric and Mary. I love it so much I have been back to volunteer and I have referred nearly 10 people to go through the program. Many have and it changed their life too. Thanks again Driven Leadership team for changing my life.

Aden G.

BOLD was truly one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. What a transformative experience! And Mary, wow! She puts her heart and soul into this course. I cannot recommend this course highly enough to anyone that’s looking for to find inspiration inside themselves. You’ll uncover it here!

Kimberly A.

If you are looking to take your life and leadership to the next level BOLD is for you. Mary and her team are amazing.

Kate M.

FIVE STARS!!!!! I was first introduced through the Driven Sports Program at my college. After two years of watching our student-athletes have impactful experiences, I decided to sign up for the BOLD: Advanced Leadership for my own development. IT WAS AWESOME! BOLD helped take me to the next level personally and professionally and I’ve never looked back. It’s been over two years and I am still applying the lessons learned. Highly recommend to any sports team, staff, think group, business or organization wanting to raise the bar.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

Conflict Management

Working with conflict is a necessity as a manager, however, we are rarely taught what to do in challenging conflict situations. This workshop will give you access to your conflict go to behaviors and knowledge on how to shift to using the right approach in all situations.
  • TKI assessment (in & outside the organization)
  • Understanding the five conflict modes
  • Understanding your dominate mode
  • Recognize the effective and ineffective uses of each mode
  • How to assess any conflict and what mode to use

Understanding Personalities, Behavior and Motivation

When managers have clarity about their personality and those they work with, they can change their approach to be heard and get better results. This workshop is a must for managers or employees looking to better their communication and results.
  • Understanding personalities using DISC
  • Drivers and motivators
  • Decision making
  • Building rapport
  • The emotions of personality
  • Identifying personalities & adjusting your approach

Public Speaking for Today’s Audience

The ability to give highly effective speeches will help you run a meeting or presentation from any setting; large or small groups, virtually or live.
Key Competencies:
  • Engaging a room (virtual or live)
  • Presence, posture, gesture effectively
  • Program flow
  • Purposeful inflection and pausing
  • Managing Nerves
  • Confidence in delivery

Execution Roundtable

Having a clear plan, goals with consistent accountability is often difficult to create on your own. In this program, managers are expected to get specific, focus on action and create accountability with their fellow round table managers.
Key Competencies:
  • Live feedback
  • Consistent problem solving and coaching
  • External accountability
  • Goal setting and follow-through