When: Thursday, March 3 – Friday, March 4
Viking Training Center
101 Main Street
Greenwood, MS 38930
March 3: Leadership I – Building a Strong Foundation
This first module in the Leadership series provides an in-depth look at the discipline of Leadership, beginning with a discussion of whether leadership is learned or is genetic. Participants spend time developing an understanding of models of leadership, including Situational and Servant Leadership. In this first day, class time will be spent learning about the roles and styles of leaders, including how those have changed over the years and what is necessary to be successful in today’s world.
A section is devoted to a brief look at leadership practices of William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon. Even though he later admitted to plagiarizing many of those principles, they still are applicable to the successful practice of leadership.
The class methodology involves a PowerPoint presentation, large and small group discussion of principles, small group activities, and a leadership video.
March 4: Leadership II – Understanding the Power of the Mind
The second module in the Leadership Series is focused upon helping participants understand that the power of the mind is exceptionally applicable to the world of leadership and should be utilized to help employees develop a higher level of competency in fulfilling their responsibilities. The expectations of the leader is a most important concept and usually has a tremendous influence upon the actual outcomes of the individuals and group. This will be covered in detail through a presentation of the Pygmalion Effect, which is another name for the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
Another powerful mental leadership concept explored in Leadership II is understanding of the communication process between and among employees. Most organizational problems are rooted in an ineffective communication network. This includes body language, tone of voice and active listening.
Participants will also spend time discussing Customer Service and its importance to the leadership function with any group. In addition, time will be spent dealing with the concept of performance problems, including how to recognize them and what to do about them.
Class methodology will involve a PowerPoint presentation, large and small group discussion of principles, small group activities, and two videos: motivation and Pygmalion Effect.
About Jimmy Richardson
Jimmy Richardson, a native of Yazoo County, Mississippi served with the Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service beginning in 1974. He began as a 4-H Youth Agent and rose to the position of Leader of Staff Development and Training, from which he retired in 1996.
After retiring from MSU, he formed his own consulting company, working with organizations in leadership and management development, customer service, team building, and other work-force enhancement areas. He has taught several different American Management Association courses and has worked as a program designer and facilitator in leadership development programs throughout the United States.
In 2001, he began Richardson Consulting, a leadership and organizational development consulting company. Dr. Richardson conducts leadership training for businesses, industries and educational institutions across the Southeastern United States. He has worked with Mississippi Manufacturers Association for a number of years, teaching centralized courses where businesses send representatives, plus going in-house and teaching classes targeted at that particular organization. He also teaches business classes at Mississippi State University in the School of Business.
Dr. Richardson earned his B.S. in Business Management from Mississippi State University in 1972, received his Master of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1979, and was awarded his Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension Education from Iowa State University in 1984. He is also a qualified Myers-Briggs interpreter.
Dr. Richardson and his wife Robbie have been married for 48 years, have two children, five grandsons and one granddaughter. He takes time out of his schedule to officiate high school football, (is in his 44th year), is a private pilot, and in 2009 completed riding his bicycle across the United States, cycling from the Golden Gate Bridge in California to York Town, Virginia. He and his wife Robbie are active Christians and stay involved in volunteer work in their community of Starkville, Mississippi.