Executive Development Academy - Session 1

May 8, 9 & 10: Session 1 - Knowing Yourself and Knowing the Situation

This event has been canceled.


Other Sessions

July 10-12, 2017
Session 2 - Managing People and Managing Performance

September 11-13, 2017
Session 3 - Leading with Courage and Vision


Program Description

What could be more critical to your institution’s long-term health than the choice and cultivation of its future leaders? The Tennessee Bankers Association’s Executive Development Academy is a custom program that equips participants with the tools to grow as leaders and to enhance the effectiveness of their banking institutions. The program is intense, demanding, and focused on the real levers of change—and is only offered and agreed to by managers who are committed to becoming the leaders of tomorrow.


Ideal candidates will:

  • Value integrity, community, and achieving results the right way
  • Be humble, collaborative, and interested in personal and professional growth
  • Be courageous and resilient enough to confront learning obstacles and overcome them


What an attendee will learn:

  • Critical leadership concepts
  • Self-awareness and self-management
  • Performance management and people leadership
  • Clear and compelling communication
  • Strategic habits
  • The keys to building a vibrant culture

The Executive Development Academy is not management training—it’s inside-out leadership development. EDA will challenge participants to move outside their comfort zones, to take developmental risks, and to truly grow as leaders.


Program Details

Only 15 attendees are admitted to the program; admissions are first-come, first-served. Tuition includes three 3-day sessions, materials, and most meals. Travel and accommodation costs are not included. Attendance at all three sessions is required for graduation.


Program Components

Individual Leadership Assessment
Each participant completes a comprehensive online leadership assessment that measures a wide range of individual factors related to leadership (i.e., personality, critical thinking skills, stress reactions, and leadership style). Additionally, the participant’s key stakeholders (boss, peers, and direct reports) complete a 360-degree leadership survey about the participant.

Pre-/Post-Program surveys
Prior to Session 1 and following Session 3, surveys are administered to key stakeholders of each participant. The Pre-Program Survey provides baseline data regarding the participant’s effectiveness and impact as a leader. The same survey is administered to the same stakeholders after Session 3—allowing for an indication of growth through the 9-month program.

Individual Development Planning
EDA is not designed to merely increase participants’ knowledge—but rather to cultivate skills and habits that help participants be more effective for their banking institutions. Therefore, each program session concludes with participants creating a development plan. Participants share their development plans with their sponsors, set milestones and deadlines for achievements, and work to make meaningful progress before the next program session.



Session 1: Managing Self, May 8–10
Effective leadership begins with effective self-management. Session 1 focuses on introducing a foundational model of leadership and then exploring critical personal effectiveness competencies.

Session 1 includes:

  • Core leadership principles that provide a foundation for building trust and followership and for achieving superior results.
  • A framework of effective critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Stress reactions, their potentially derailing impact, and strategies for remaining composed, poised, and engaged when most needed.


Session 2: Leading Others, July 10–12
Leaders often fall prey to a false choice between people and results. Session 2 concentrates on the complementary (not conflicting) aspects of leadership that produce results by attending to people.

Session 2 includes: 

  • Core concepts of fairness critical to understanding employee perceptions, reactions,
  • and engagement levels.
  • Best practices for delivering performance feedback and coaching team members.
  • An exciting framework for building relationships of trust and contributing to high-performing teams.
  • Useful approaches for communicating with clarity and impact.
  • Practical approaches for motivating, energizing, and focusing the efforts of team members on the work at hand.


Session 3: Building Vision and Culture, September 11–13
Great leaders demonstrate unique courage and inspire others through a compelling vision. Session 3 focuses on thinking and communicating more strategically, inspiring people with purpose, and building a culture that attracts and retains great people.

Session 3 includes:

  • Identifying the meaningful core of one’s leadership values and goals—and making them
  • the center piece of one’s leadership message.
  • Getting out of the weeds and developing a more strategic leadership approach.
  • Managing conflict to avoid toxic relationships and build a healthy culture.
  • Speaking truth to power, challenging the status quo, and building and protecting a vibrant
  • culture for others to join.


Schedule for each Session

12:30 p.m.    Registration
1:00 p.m.      Introduction/Program begins
5:00 p.m.      Program ends for the day
5:15 p.m.      Dinner (provided by TBA)

7:30 a.m.      Continental breakfast (provided by TBA)
8:00 a.m.      Program begins
Noon             Lunch (provided by TBA)
12:45 p.m.    Program continues
5:00 p.m.      Program ends for the day

7:30 a.m.      Continental breakfast
8:00 a.m.      Program begins
Noon             Lunch (provided by TBA)
12:45 p.m.    Program continues
3:00 p.m.      Program ends


Faculty Leader

Dr. Daniel L. LeBreton is a corporate psychologist and consultant. He founded Impavid Consulting, LLC based upon the belief that people and relationships are at the heart of virtually every great success story. He has spent the past 12 years leveraging the best of psychology and social science to provide leadership, team, and culture development services to organizations ranging from small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies.

LeBreton is a licensed psychologist and serves as an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University and at Belmont University.


Hotel Information

TBA has a limited block of rooms available at Hutton Hotel (1808 West End Avenue, Nashville). Call 615-340-9333 or email hreservations@huttonhotel.com and request the Tennessee Bankers Association room block for a special rate of $199 per night.

Staying at the same hotel with your fellow classmates offers the ultimate learning experience as you are able to discuss your biggest challenges and network with peers after hours. Unless attendees are within a 20-mile radius of the TBA Barrett Training Center, it is recommended they stay at the Hutton Hotel.

Cut-off dates for each session:
May Session: Friday, April 14
July Session: Friday June 16
September Session: Friday, August 18


Continuing Education Credit:

63 hours CPE credit (all three sessions combined)

This program has not been pre-approved for ICB CE credits. Attendants who require ICB credits should go to http://www.aba.com/Training/ICB/Pages/default.aspx for further instructions.



TBA Contact

Susan R. Taylor - staylor@TNBankers.org
CMP, Senior Vice President of Professional Development
Tennessee Bankers Association
211 Athens Way, Ste 100 • Nashville, TN 37228-1381
800/964-5525 or 615/244-4871 or www.TNBankers.org

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