IAAP Foundations

Leadership starts with you—you’ve probably heard the phrase.
To be an effective leader, you must lead yourself before you can lead others.
As simple as it sounds, it still takes practice.

Foundations of Leadership is a one-of-a-kind leadership learning experience and will be offered virtually in 2021. Alongside a small community of your peers, you’ll explore skills and mindsets to fully embrace both self-leadership and leading others. With instruction from faculty, shared learning experiences with small cohorts, mentoring from Academy alumni, and personal coaching, you’ll develop a self-leadership mindset to empower you to lead up—and beyond.


Small cohorts for personalized and customized learning opportunities
2 1/2 days of a highly engaging, transformational online learning experience
Graduation ceremony and reception at Summit 2021
17 weeks of virtual learning and collaboration, exclusive curriculum targeted to administrative professionals, and interactive live learning segments
Two one-on-one, hour-long coaching calls with Foundations of Leadership faculty (each a $250 retail value)
Monthly small group mentoring sessions with prior graduates of the Academy program
360 Feedback Survey
Virtual learning kit, which includes a participant workbook, additional materials, assessments, assignments, and group projects for experiential and engaging learning (completion of all assignments is a requirement for graduation)
Graduates become part of the IAAP Academy Alumni community for continued connection and engagement after the program concludes
40 CAP Recertification Points for IAAP CAP designees


  • Assess the way you show up to others & learn how that translates into your personal brand
  • Develop an intentional personal brand that supports your professional goals and career success
  • Learn to cultivate your brand over time to advance your perceived value & achieve your goals
  • Enroll colleagues in helping you shape & strengthen your personal brand
  • Identify approaches to thinking more critically
  • Overcome obstacles to critical thinking
  • Integrate critical thinking approaches to minimize impulsive responses and improve strategic alignment
  • Effective decision-making
  • Discuss emotional intelligence, and its role in personal, professional and organizational success
  • Recognizing emotion in face-to-face and virtual interactions
  • Identify emotions in face-to-face and virtual communications
  • Enhance your emotional intelligence
  • Integrate emotionally intelligent strategies to improve personal and professional relationships
  • Personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses to better manage career success
  • Create feedback mechanisms to evaluate progress toward self-improvement/development
  • Develop your strengths and learn how to work with your weaknesses, in order to achieve both personal and professional goals and objectives
  • Identify and practice the skills that affect your ability to “presence” and connect with others effectively
  • Explore Standing and Social Capital, the criteria and currency that shapes your interpersonal influence
  • Build and practice your situational awareness skills and learn how that shapes how others perceive and receive your efforts to communicate, influence and lead
  • Discuss the importance of effective communication in building constructive partnerships and improving performance
  • Identify your unique communication style and understand how to adapt to other styles as needed
  • Detect the components of effective communication and practice making complete requests
  • Consider the impact of nonverbal cues, body language and different forms of media on effective communication
  • Demonstrate the difference between hearing and listening, and practice strategies to improve active listening
  • Learn and examine the elements that comprise trust and transparency
  • Identify how your behaviors and choices increase or decrease trust and learn strategies for mending trust when necessary
  • Negotiation and Crucial Conversations
  • Explore behaviors that characterize successful negotiators and why it matters
  • Recognize and classify what sets crucial conversations apart from routine interactions and why it matters to handle them with thoughtfulness, skill and care
  • Practice putting all of the pieces of emotional/social intelligence, critical thinking, decision making, communication, trust, and negotiation together in order to successfully engage in crucial conversations that produce positive outcomes for all
  • Get personalized support from certified coaches and IAAP peer mentors in clarifying and articulating your personal vision and action plan for elevating your excellence at work, and designing a more intentional and personally rewarding life

Learn from amazing faculty Francisco Gonima and Sherry Yellin.


Earlybird rate through February 1, 2021
Member – $1,599
Non-Member – $1,899

Regular rate after February 1, 2021
Member – $1,749
Non-Member – $2,049

Corporate Group Discounts are available!