2021 Leadership Challenge
10 Week Online Cohort Workshop Series to Upgrade Your Leadership Skills
Learn science-backed skills
Get coached to improve
Elevate your leadership
58% of managers and leaders have no formal training.
And the managers who have been trained, often lack
the science-backed skills to lead their teams effectively.
This lack of training results in billions of lost revenue, teams that are overworked, overwhelmed and under-appreciated.
Don’t believe us?
- 75% of employees say their boss or manager is the most stressful part of their day.
- 82% of employees don’t trust their manager to tell the truth.
- 71% of organizations believe their leaders aren’t able to lead their companies into the future.
- Only 20% of employees agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work.
- Only 10% of employees look forward to going to work.
We’re working amidst a global leadership crisis!
It’s enough to drive you and your team a little crazy.
But, thankfully, leadership is a series of behaviors that can be taught and learned.
That’s what the 2021 Leadership Challenge does – teach you the skills to lead effectively – from the convenience of your desk, in just 10 weeks.
By the end of this workshop series,
your leadership skills will be exceptional.
You’ll also get:
Frameworks, templates, tools, skills and resources
Most company cultures are built for incremental growth, but you don’t have the time or luxury for slow growth, which means your team must work in a different way. Our skills, tools and frameworks are battle-tested in some of the fasting growing startups and the most effective Fortune 1000 companies today.
World-class guest instructors who are on-the-job experts for every module
Powerful coaching challenges that help you apply what you learned on the job with your current employees
Real-time application of learning, peer feedback and coaching to refine and improve skills
Weekly small cohort group coaching sessions
Two one-on-one personalized coaching sessions based on your performance applying the coaching challenges
Unlimited access to all materials and future updates
Networking and connections with a powerful and connected group of peers at cutting edge startups and global brands
At the end of the 2021 Leadership Challenge, you will be able to empower others, gain their trust (and resolve trust issues quickly), and get everyone moving in the same direction.
You’ll also have the skills necessary to define problems, give feedforward (instead of feedback), conduct performance conversations and grow your teams effectively.
The program gave me the tools and frameworks I keep using as a leader. The information, tools and techniques were all backed up by deep research and practice in startups and corporations.
Going through the program enabled me to truly become a 21st century leader – supportive of my teams and peers, able to coach them through the volatility of these times and improve upon our work together.
Meet Your Guides, Coaches and Instructors
Michael O. "Coop" Cooper
For the past 23 years, Coop helped executives and leaders in 1,000+ companies from leading startups to Fortune 500 companies and trained over 50,000 employees across 33 countries to develop the skills to lead teams effectively, manage change and deliver for their customers and shareholders. He’s an investor, serial founder, former executive, strategist, business analyst and non-profit president. Coop created the 2021 Leadership Challenge to equip leaders with the tools, frameworks and skills to gain the trust and respect of their teams and to navigate the next series of normals as we emerge from the pandemic. He co-leads every module and coaches participants.
Product Marketer at 2U & Coach
Dawn is a Product Marketer and Coach and has 15 years of experience leading teams at Eventbrite, Lululemon, 2U and several other companies. She invests deeply in her employees’ development — often using NeuroEfficiencies to set her teams up for success — and one of her favorite questions is “Which problem are we solving?” She co-leads our modules on NeuroEfficiencies and Defining Problems where she has deep knowledge and wisdom to share.
Dr. Alexandra Arena
Therapist & Communications Specialist
Ali is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Trauma-Informed Care Specialist, and a Social Thinking Practitioner. She brings 15 years of experience specializing in helping people navigate change, including neurodiverse individuals. She teaches social skills classes and co-leads our modules on Feedforward, Performance Conversations, Development Plans and Alignment.
Senior Vice President, Talent Development at Kinesso
Justin has dedicated his career to helping others grow. He currently leads Talent & Leadership Development and manages a team of 12 to serve the 20,000 employees at ad tech company Kinesso. Justin was a student in the 2021 Leadership Challenge before joining as a guest instructor. He has deep experience in learning methodologies and is an expert at creating Psychological Safety and building high levels of trust on his team and across his organization. He co-leads our modules on Psychological Safety, Trust and Sharing Leadership.
Every manager in our company attended this workshop series and it helped us do everything faster – that’s worth millions in a fast-paced startup environment!
The 2021 Leadership Challenge gives you hands-on instruction week after week
Meet your cohort and coaches. Assess your team’s level of psychological safety and the three main needs every leader must focus on. We start at base requirements for team performance and how, as a leader, you must stay open to become aware of the emotional issues that may derail your team.
This was a wonderful program for putting compassionate and human-centric management into practice. I learned something so hard to find anywhere else: How to be the kind of manager I want to be for my team.
These Skills Aren’t Taught in Most Leadership Programs
This course really helped me think about different ways to approach the employees I oversee, and the managers I help coach in my HR role. Especially as more companies are going hybrid, it’s even more important to develop these management skills – many of the modules give great tips on how to manage through varying environments and workstyles. The management coaches gave us great advice and I also really valued the cohorts, which allowed me to be vulnerable with peers to get to a better place personally!