Leadership Strategies

of Champions


Workshop Overview

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." - Ronald Reagan

Champion leaders are the leaders of leaders who unleash talent to drive organizational success. 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. 


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.

Workshop Outline

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

  • Leadership Styles of Champions: Tying Action to Skills – Champs Win! (Lunch Provided)

  • Management & Leadership Foundations: Roles, Skills and Functions – Part 2

Day 2
  • Tour of Bryant Museum and Introduction to Business Plan Canvas

  • Real World Problem: Define and Strategize

  • Leadership Styles of Champions: Building a Business from Scratch with Bill Battle (Lunch Provided)

  • Real World Problem: Evaluate Solutions and Choose the Best

Day 3
  • Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Politics

  • Leadership Styles of Champions: Tying Action to Skills - Making the “Process” Work – (Lunch Provided)

  • Negotiation & Influence Strategies

  • Summary and Takeaways of Leadership Strategies


Workshop Leads

William R. "Bill" Battle

William R. "Bill" Battle

William R. “Bill” Battle recently completed a four-year tenure as Director of Athletics at The University of Alabama, transitioning to his current role as Special Assistant to the President on March 1, 2017. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Battle attended The University of Alabama on a football scholarship and enjoyed a successful playing career as a three-year starter at end for the Crimson Tide under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1960-62. Battle was a member of Bryant’s first national championship team at Alabama in 1961. Battle earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (minor in psychology) from UA in 1963 and a master’s degree in education from The University of Oklahoma in 1964. In May of 2017, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UA and an Honorary Doctor of Law from Birmingham Southern College for his enormous impact on higher education in the state and nation. In November 2017, Battle was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.  

Kenneth Gaddy

Kenneth Gaddy

Kenneth Gaddy is a native of Thomasville, Alabama and has over 30 years of experience in the museum field. For the last 26 years, he has served as director of the Bryant Museum on The University of Alabama campus. He has served as executive producer of several videos produced by the museum including the Emmy Award winning documentary, Mama Called. He edited the book Twelve and Counting that chronicled the national championships of Alabama football and its sequel, Sixteen and Counting.

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.

Mary Patterson

Mary Patterson, CPA

Mary Patterson works in the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama as Program Manager where she assists the CCS team in designing and implementing professional development and training programs, industrial training programs, offered in on-campus, on-site or online venues. Ms. Patterson has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce with a major in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and stays abreast of current developments relevant to business owners including management, economics, accounting, taxation and marketing. She worked previously as Director of the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network (AERN) in the Culverhouse College of Commerce to bring the resources from the University of Alabama down to the community level. She is a member of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Alabama Society of CPAs, the Culverhouse Commerce Executives Society and the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum.

Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Robert K. Prescott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Robert K. Prescott has spent twenty years in industry and as many years teaching in academic positions. He is currently Director-Corporate Engagement for The University of Alabama and has most recently served for sixteen years as Graduate Faculty of Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His personal teaching expertise and research focuses on all aspects of human resource management, leadership, organization behavior, training & development and enterprise consulting. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from The Pennsylvania State University.

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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