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WithIt to hold Leadership Development Institute in High Point
Mar 15, 2012

WithIt, the professional association for women in the home furnishings industries, will dedicate a one-day Institute in May to focused leadership training for the furniture industry’s future top executives on May 17 in High Point, NC.
Lead by Sara N. King, principal of Optimum Insights Inc. and author of “Discovering the Leader in You,” the full-day program will be divided into two parts, each a high-level learning experience focused on honing specific skills. The first segment will help mid-level executives learn to maximize influence within their organization. Through an assessment tool completed in advance of the Institute, participants will learn their current style of influence and how it might be perceived by others. Then, by engaging in experiential exercises, they will be able to link their influencing style to leadership effectiveness. Participants will take home practical tools for determining how and when to adjust their style to maximize influence.
The second part will provide relevant and timely instruction for leading a department, division or organization through change. This section will improve the participant’s readiness to deal with and influence during change. With a new understanding of their individual approach to handling change, Institute graduates will be better able to motivate a team, revise work processes and deliver more satisfactory results during challenging times.
“The goal of the one-day Institute is to produce stronger, more effective executives within the participating companies,” states WithIt President Julia Rosien, SocialNorth.com. “But the long-term goal of the Institute concept is to elevate executive-level leadership training within the home furnishings industry and to begin to foster a community of inspired executive leaders who have the ability to take their companies to new heights.”
The Institute is slated for Thursday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ashford Suites Hotel, High Point. Registration is $325 per person and is open to male and female executives. Registration is available online at www.withit.org.

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