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Online Leadership Course Empowers Managers

The deadline to apply for the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) Foundations of Leadership program’s Fall 2020 session is Sept. 4.

The Foundations of Leadership program is an online leadership development course for new and upcoming managers. It is designed to fit students’ busy schedules and features collaborative online learning with communication from instructors and other students.

“The NRHA Foundations of Leadership course provides managers with the essential skills necessary to lead people and teams effectively, whether you are new to leading people or have been doing so for years but never went through a formal leadership development program,” says Scott Wright, executive director of NRHA’s Retail Leadership Institute. “The skills students learn in this course will benefit them for their entire careers.”

After completing the online training modules, students work on a capstone assignment where they perform a subjective assessment of their business unit. They apply their new skills to address core issues in their business and make recommendations for improvement in key areas.

The online program was developed with prominent independent home improvement leaders, including retailers from leading national independent chains, to meet the specific needs of leadership development within the home improvement industry.


Apply by Sept. 4

Click here for more information, to download the Learning Guide or to apply for the Fall 2020 session. Or contact Scott Wright at swright@nrha.org or 317-275-9417.

The NRHA Foundations of Leadership program is exclusively sponsored by STIHL—be sure to ask about how you can apply for a $500 scholarship from STIHL.


Fall 2020 Session Dates

• Online Sessions (Modules 1-6): Sept. 21 Dec. 20

• Capstone Assignment: Dec. 21-Jan. 17, 2021


Course Modules

Understanding Me and My Strengths
Discover the wide range of personality types and complete a personality assessment.

Leadership and Me
Understand leadership through vision and values, and learn about different leadership styles.

Entrepreneurial Leadership
An introduction to workplace innovation and creativity for strategic advantage.

Constructive Conflict and Communication
Discover the mutual accountability model and how to be effective through all means of communication.

Developing Talent
Understand the stewardship of people cycle.

Team Building
Learn different interviewing styles to achieve the best employee selection and performance management.

About Julie Leinwand

Julie Leinwand
Julie Leinwand is the Corporate Communications Manager and Editor for NRHA. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys baking fanciful desserts and spending time with her puppies and husband.

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