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Leadership Fundamentals and skills

Workshop Overview

Much is said about the impact of leaders – in politics, in business, in sports, in society – but less is said about what makes a leader a leader. There is no magic formula or rigid rulebook for being a leader – everyone discovers and develops their own unique leadership approach and style. In this session we will explore and apply several building blocks of great leadership!

Available Dates:

January 23, 2018 - Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Workshop Outline

Title Overview
Day 1
  • The Attributes of the Greatest Leader You Know

  • The Story of Leadership Through the Centuries

  • The Difference Between Leadership and Management

  • Roles and Skills of Leaders: Influencer, Conflict Resolver, Decision Maker, Thinker, Team Builder, Coach and Counselor

  • Leadership Fails – You Know It When You See It, But Now You Will Know What to Call It

Workshop Leads


Thomas J. Horvath

Thomas J. Horvath


Tom Horvath’s professional career has taken him from the mailroom to the boardroom with roles ranging from Customer Service Rep to Chief Operating Officer. Regardless of the job titles or role, Tom’s passion for “inspiring excellence” is steadfast – in fact, it is his personal life purpose.

His career illustrates practical expertise in strategy formulation, leadership consulting, executive coaching, supervision skills, performance management, marketing, sales, process improvement, product development, training design & delivery and project management. In the role of Chief Operating Officer in two organizations, Tom provided oversight and coordination of teams focused on Human Resource management, Legal, Marketing, Purchasing, Finance, Pricing, Warehouse/Logistics and Customer Service. These skills and capabilities were developed at such blue chip companies as Prudential, Standard Register, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and CNL. In addition, Tom has led a variety of consulting engagements around the globe with all sizes of companies and non-profit organizations. Notable career milestones include spearheading various departmental teams at Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation (resulting in their selection for the 1997 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award); top decile sales performance; and several community leadership awards.

Tom received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Florida and his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University.  He has extensive experience as an adjunct instructor with Cornell University, Penn State University, the Crummer School of Business - Rollins College and the University of Porto – Portugal.  Tom shares the integration of theory with practical application to the world in which we operate. Community stewardship includes volunteer leadership roles with the Central Florida YMCA, Junior Achievement, Rotary International, Priority Associates, The Jobs Partnership of Florida and the International Community School.

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