Facing Leadership Challenges

Leadership is not for the faint of heart. It can be richly rewarding but comes with challenges. If you can face these challenges with confidence, skill and determination you stand a better chance of overcoming these obstacles. If you do not, your authority can be undermined, your ability diminished and your utility challenged. These challenges can come from employee behaviour, boss’s behaviour, unrealistic expectations, unidentified risk, or poor risk response.   

This seminar is designed to be a supportive toolkit to those coming to or in leadership roles. It will allow for discussions and exploration of strategies, to respond to the most common challenges facing leaders. It will give leaders a simple process and easy tools to identify, assess and address risks. It will assist you in developing appropriate planning before things go wrong. A chance to react appropriately when things change or do not go according to your expectations.

Facing Common Leadership Challenges is an optional seminar for the Certificate in Practical Leadership.



(Online: 3 partial days, 9 am - 1 pm, Atlantic Time)

  • April 24 - 26, 2024 (Online)
  • December 17 - 19, 2024 (Online)
  • April 23 - 25, 2025 (Online)


Facilitator: Michael Kennedy, BSc, CAE, MEd
Location: Online

Program Content

Topics to be discussed and addressed include

  • How to handle the tug-of-war between subordinates and superiors
  • Dealing with negative behaviour
  • Handling unrealistic expectations
  • Using the SWOT analysis as a baseline tool for developing plans and responses
  • Identifying, assessing and reacting to risk

Actioning a decision from your superior you do not agree with

  • How to deal with the superior
  • How to deal with your employees

Employee negative behaviour

  • Harassing behaviour
  • Illegal behaviour
  • Immoral behaviour
  • Unethical behaviour
  • Disrespectful behaviour
  • Unsafe behaviour
  • Challenge to your authority

Lack of resources

  • Funding
  • Staffing
  • Expertise
  • Authority

Unrealistic expectations from

  • Employees
  • Superiors
  • Customers/clients 

 Tools to identify potential risks

  • SWOT analysis
  • Scenario development
  • Lessons Learned

Risk assessment matrix model

  • Likelihood versus impact of risk occurrence

Response Generation: Discussion of appropriate responses and how to decide

  • Ignore
  • Accept
  • Mitigate

 Follow up/progress measurement

  • Progress charts
  • Lessons Learned

What You Will Learn

  • Discover the common challenges all leaders face and how to appropriately handle them
  • Gain knowledge and tools to eliminate or reduce challenges, before they occur
  • Build capacity to more confidently address challenges that arise in the future

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • lead people whether it is at the front line or in middle management