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July 1, 2021

Leadership Skills to Reduce Workplace Drama and Drive Results

There are many reasons a company may fall short of its goals, including economic issues, unforeseen challenges like the recent pandemic, and downsizing, just to name a few.

However, among the biggest downfalls for businesses is employee disengagement. A disengaged employee feels a lack of accountability, interest, and motivation to lift a company to new heights.   

But what causes employee disengagement? A majority of the time, it comes down to ineffective leadership that doesn’t curb workplace problems or provide adequate guidance. According to research by Harvard Business Review, 58% of people say they trust strangers more than their own boss, which leads to drama and disengagement. In addition, Forbes found that 79% of people who quit their jobs cite “lack of appreciation” as their reason.

Conversely, highly engaged employees result in 21% greater profitability, according to Gallup. So, how can you lead to keep drama down, engagement up, and employees happy to meet goals?

A new course from University of Denver’s Center for Professional Development, A New Leadership Philosophy: How Leaders Can Reduce Workplace Drama to Drive Results, has the answers.  

In this five-session, live online course, you will learn straightforward strategies that can turn the office from a “den of discontent” to a highly productive place with happy, accountable employees. Paula Staffeldt, a 20-year organizational development veteran, will lead the course and guide you in reading and applying wisdom from the book “No Ego” by New York Times bestselling author Cy Wakeman.

Upon completing this course, you are able to:

  • Examine innovative leadership philosophy to shift the “why we can’t” to “how we can” mindset.
  • Use concrete tools to help employees and yourself work more skillfully.
  • Create a personal leadership style from will-power to wisdom-powered.

The course starts July 21 and offers 10 CE credits. Learn more at

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