Leadership Institute

September through December 2022
1st Tuesday of the Month

College of DuPage Naperville Center
1223 Rickert Dr, Naperville, IL

FALLSEMESTER | September through December 2022

Presenting sponsor Navistar and location sponsor College of DuPage

Leadership Institute is an extension of the professional development provided by the NACC designed to focus less on training & more on personal, as well as professional development solely in the area of leadership.
The Fall Semester will offer 4 monthly, 3-hour programs centered on LEADER RELATIONSHIPS.

All programs take place at the College of DuPage, Naperville Center, located at 1223 Rickert Drive, Naperville, IL 60540.

Each program is facilitated by our experts in leadership, Rick Lochner, President & Head Coach of RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. as well as Founder & Chief Legacy Partner, Laticia (Tish) Thompson of Legacy Blueprint.


Presenting sponsor Navistar and location sponsor College of DuPage

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

– Jack Welch

The complete Leadership Institute program will be broken into three key areas/semesters from 2022 through 2023; self-leadership, leader relationships, and organizational leadership.

  • Leader Relationships | Fall 2022
  • Organizational Leadership | Spring 2023
  • Self-Leadership | Fall 2023

To bring all the topics together, each participant will create a goal they want to complete or be well on their way to completing by the time they graduate from the program. While all twelve sessions are encouraged, the curriculum is designed for participants to apply a-la-carte to any combination of sessions they feel are most beneficial to them as leaders.


This Semester can be completed as a full package or a la carte. The dates for the session(s) are below.


To register for the full semester of courses click registration below (or at the top of this page)

* Finish all 12 topics and receive a Certificate for Leadership *



Tuesday, September 6th

We recognize the importance of effective communication and listening. What eludes us is creating a culture that invites individuals to share their perspectives openly and honestly without fear of career suicide. The goal of this session is to sharpen your listening and feedback skills so that, as leaders, we are modeling productive ways to hear and be heard.

  • Discuss key success factors for effective communication
  • Discover how to modify communication preferences to inspire action in others
  • Explore practical communication tools that will improve your ability to achieve results


Tuesday, October 4th

We love the idea of it until we have to do it. Dealing with conflict is something leaders recognize is important to do while many avoid it at all costs. We often think of conflict as something negative and we approach it as such. This session will challenge your thinking about how we look at conflict and offer tools to navigate it effectively.

  • Discover the different types of conflict and the benefits and drawbacks of each
  • Explore ways to reduce the cost of conflict for self, individuals, and the organization
  • Learn a five-step process to address conflict while getting results and maintaining the relationship


Tuesday, November 1st

Trust is such a crucial element to building lasting relationships yet is often talked around or not at all as leaders build and maintain their key relationships. The level of trust followers have in their leaders is built on a foundation of the leader’s skills, both hard and soft skills to the point that followers can comfortably rely on their leaders to do what they say they will do.

  • Know and apply the key elements and actions that build trust in a relationship
  • Understanding how effective communication impacts the development of a trusting relationship
  • Understand the true meaning of integrity and its impact on the strength of leader relationships


Tuesday, December 6th

Leaders make hundreds of decisions a day, many of which have direct impacts on the relationships around them. In a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) business environment, a leader’s problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking processes are put to the test on a daily basis.

  • The six-step problem-solving process used to resolve almost any issue
  • The importance of decision-making, especially in situations where there may not be a solid positive impact of the decision
  • What critical thinking really means to a leader and how to apply it to their leadership decisions and relationships