Leadership Strategies

of Champions


Workshop Overview

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Leaders are made rather than born.
–Warren Bennis

Effective leaders transform vision into action. They understand and utilize a delicate balance of hard and soft skills. Moving beyond merely knowing what to do, a true leader is deeply invested in how to do it. In this workshop you’ll learn foundational roles, skills and functions of champion leadership – influence, negotiation, conflict resolution and accountability. We’ll conclude with a dynamic real-world exercise, translating learning objectives into practical leadership. 

  • Pricing:
    • Early Bird - $169 (Expires March 31, 2018)
    • Standard - $199
    • UA Employee - $139 (Call 8-3000)
    • For additional pricing and discounts, visit the registration page.


Who Should Attend

Managers and leaders of all levels seeking to enhance their leadership skills with the purpose of achieving strategic results on behalf of individuals, teams and the organization.

What you'll Learn

  • Fundamentals of leadership competencies for future skill development

  • Lessons learned from the great leadership champions of football

  • Necessary strategies for influencing, motivating and negotiating with others

  • Dynamics of conflict and appropriate resolution strategies

  • Specific strategies for creating a culture of accountability and performance

  • Planned actions targeted toward a results-oriented focus

Workshop Outline

Title Overview
Day 1
  • Management & Leadership Foundations: Roles, Skills and Functions

  • Leadership Styles of Champions: Tying Action to Skills

Day 2
  • Negotiation & Influence Strategies

  • Resolving Conflict & Dealing with Politics

  • Leadership Perspectives from the Industry Trenches

Workshop Leads

Brandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson

A talented and devoted athlete, he has always savored the joy of being a champion. Gibson was a tri-sport athlete at UMS-Wright where he was a member of state championship teams in football as well as track & field. As a junior wide receiver at UMS, Gibson was voted team MVP, and then later named a permanent team captain for the Bulldogs. He was a top-5 football recruit within the state of Alabama. A few short months prior to his high school graduation, Gibson signed a scholarship with The University of Alabama. 
Tom Horvath

Tom 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.

Martin Houston

Martin Houston

Martin Houston, former University of Alabama player and member of the 1992 National Championship Team will discuss Leadership and the Power of Choice.
Lou Marino

Dr. Lou Marino

Dr. Marino is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at The University of Alabama. He received his PhD from Indiana University, his MBA from SUNY Buffalo and his undergraduate from SUNY Geneso. His primary areas of research and teaching include Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship with subspecialties including strategic alliances, strategic management in small and medium sized enterprises and new venture creation.

Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor

Kevin is the Regional Sales Leader with Allstate Insurance Company for the Southeast Region in Atlanta. In his role, Kevin leads all aspects of the day-to-day business operations of the region’s Allstate branded sales efforts, including exclusive agencies, independent agencies, dealership agencies and exclusive financial specialist distribution organizations. He also leads the region’s sales support and strategic deployment teams. 

Shanna Ullmann

Shanna Ullmann

Shanna is the founding partner of PBC Professional Development Consultants, offering specialized consulting and training programs empowering clients to be more successful in all aspects of their business engagements. She has worked with a wide range of professionals teaching them the art and practice of effective interactions and communications with clients and between colleagues. Ms. Ullmann has over 20 years of hands-on human relations, executive education and corporate training experience advising business leaders, universities, the US military and US Federal government organizations on Leadership Development, Cross Cultural Communications, Professional Etiquette and Protocol, Business Communications, Mediation and Workplace Conflict Resolution.

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