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Certification in Leadership Fundamentals

AMWA is excited to support you in your journey to become a more confidant and intentional leader. AMWA ELEVATE offers you an innovative professional development program so you are prepared to rise as the type of leader you want to be with the assurance that you can achieve a more fulfilling career path that brings satisfaction, deserved recognition, and timely promotion. 

The AMWA ELEVATE Leadership Certification Program for Women Physicians begins with the Fundamentals of Self-Leadership. The course focuses on 12 core competencies recognized as essential to any leader and considered beneficial to anyone in a leadership role. By the end of this year-long program, you will be comfortable playing to your strengths and to the strengths of those in your universe, defining your leadership style, and creating individual strategies to assure your success however you choose to define it.

AMWA ELEVATE Introduces Leadership Skills 

Module 1: What is Your Why?
GOAL: Every leader must begin by establishing your Why. A chance to refine your purpose.

Given the regular demands of life and work, it may be easy to overlook the opportunity to get clear on your overarching purpose in life and leadership. Though your purpose or “why” can evolve over time, taking the time to generate a strong “why” is important to help support the various commitments you make to yourself, including those that relate to your well-being and ambitions. 

In this presentation, we will start by discussing context – how you currently relate to your life and work. Do you notice a fear and constriction, or curiosity and openness? By gaining awareness of your context, you will be better prepared to start defining your core values, priorities, preferences, and non-negotiables. These are factors that can be important in supporting strong commitments as in —where do you want to direct your energy and actions. Finally, with these elements defined, you can create your Life Purpose Statement, which can be a helpful guide to you during your journey in life and leadership.


By the end of this module you will be able to: 

  1. Define your core values. Understand what makes you tick.
  2. Determine your top priorities. Know what motivates you personally and professionally                       
  3. Identify what you stand for. Name any issues/concerns that compel you. 
  4. Identify your non-negotiables. Identify the essentials required to thrive.   
  5. Create your Life Purpose Statement.
  6. Create a strategic plan for your life and career  

Module 2:  What is your Leadership Philosophy & Style?
GOAL: Explore what “leadership” means to you. What does “great leadership” look like? How will you develop yourself as a great leader? 


By the end of this module you will be able to:  

  1. Identify the role of Manager vs Lead              
  2. Define the 5 Levels of Leadership
  3. Define Strengths-based Leadership.
  4. Define a 360 Degree Approach to Leadership- Leading above, below, and across 
  5. Create your leadership mission and vision statement.

Module 3: Creating Your Leadership Brand—3 Keys to greater influence and lasting impact
GOAL: Understand that you are a leader right now, regardless of your current position or title.
Be more purposeful by forging your personal brand so that you can have a positive effect on others.


By the end of this module you will be able to: 

  1. Define your personal brand and create a personal brand statement                                     
  2. Identify how to leverage your influence from where you are
  3. Develop your personal style of executive presence
  4. Contrast Managers from Leaders

Module 4: Building Self-Confidence and Navigating Doubt
GOAL: Understand how our “Inner Critic” shows up for us as women and leaders. Understand how can we overcome doubt and lack of self-confidence.


By the end of this module you will be able to:        

  1. Identify your “inner critic”
  2. Define Imposter syndrome
  3. Identify strategies for working through fear and inner criticism

Module 5: Developing Emotional Intelligence and Recognizing Implicit Bias
GOAL: Understand what is “EQ.” Understand why this awareness & skill so important as a leader.


By the end of this module you will be able to:        

  1. Define emotional intelligence.
  2. Determine how you show up under stress and identify how do you interact with others under stress.
  3. Define implicit bias.
  4. Identify strategies for developing your own emotional intelligence
  5. Identify strategies for developing your awareness of your own implicit bias.

Module 6: Establishing Boundaries, Self-Compassion, and Work-Life Integration
GOAL: Understand the importance of having boundaries as a woman, as a physician, and as a leader. Understand the necessity for self-care and self-compassion in modeling sound leadership.

[This Module will be live—December 7]

By the end of this module you will be able to:                  

  1. Define boundaries and discuss why setting boundaries is essential to effective leadership.
  2. Create a plan to attend to your personal wellbeing as an acknowledged priority.
  3. Define work-life integration and identify strategies to achieve the right balance for you.

Module 7: Getting the Most from Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Networking

GOAL: Understand the difference between Mentorship and Sponsorship. Understand how to Mentor and Sponsor others as a leader. Understand how to sponsor others to increase their opportunities for advancement.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Contrast Mentorship and Sponsorship
  2. Identify how to identify and seek out sponsor(s) to assist you in achieving your professional goals.
  3. Identify networking and relationship opportunities to advance your interests and further your professional ambitions.
  4. Create networking opportunities and stretch assignments for others
  5. Describe the benefits of being mentored and mentoring others

Module 8: Increasing Organizational Visibility and Gaining Personal Recognition

GOAL: Understand the importance of and strategies to gain recognition among your peers both within the organization and nationally to increase your opportunities for career satisfaction and advancement. Learn to apply these principles to your mentees and staff so they too will excel.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the benefits of building your visibility and recognition within your organization and beyond
  2. Identify strategies to increase your visibility throughout your  organization and nationally
  3. Learn to identify opportunities to speak, publish, and produce content that raises your profile

Module 9: Developing Inclusive Leadership

GOAL: Increase your awareness of inclusiveness in your own self-leadership and in leading others.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Describe the language of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how they differ
  2. Discuss Power, Privilege, and the benefits of Allyship
  3. Identify barriers to inclusive leadership: Unconscious bias, Microaggressions, Code-switching and Covering
  4. Understand cultural competence as a key to effectively leveraging DE&I
  5. COMMIT™ to becoming an Inclusive Leader (a how to model for everyday inclusion by La’Wana Harris)

Module 10: Difficult Conversations & Conflict Competence  

GOAL: Understand how to handle difficult conversations as a leader

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Discuss ways to stay in dialogue when in a Crucial Conversation
  2. Maintain a safe environment when faced with difficult conversations
  3. Identify different perspectives that may contribute to difficult conversations
  4. Implement the concepts presented in Crucial Conversations
  5. Manage conflict on your team
  6. Determine how to handle conflict and others respond under stress

Module 11: Developing Negotiation Skills 

GOAL: Learn to see negotiation as an important communication skill, and to rely on negotiation as an opportunity for problem-solving and finding a satisfactory compromise for all parties.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Identify when and how you can negotiate
  2. Determine how to leverage your own personal power and influence to create Win-Win results.
  3. Define your zone of influence
  4. Recognize the importance of the BATNA

Module 12: Navigating Your Next Step in Your Leadership Journey 

GOAL: Identify your leadership goals and learn strategies for rising into leadership.

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  1. Define your short and long term leadership goals, and how they align with your purpose and your Why
  2. Identify your next step in your leadership journey
  3. Identify strategies for how to achieve your next leadership goal
  4. Recognize the influence you have in creating your own path as a leader