The term “Mashkuchit” is taken from the Hebrew root m.s.k which described “the female sheep that leads the flock”. For the past decade we, at Mashkuchit, have researched, developed and facilitated materials for developing leadership and providing tools for individuals and groups to study personal, social, business and public leadership. The leadership course that we offer deals with the main stages of leadership development. The first stage examines the attributes of the participant’s personality and value system (“Where have I come from?). The second stage examines the vision and goals, and develops a work plan for implementation (“Where am I going?”). The third stage focuses on providing professional and practical tools for implementation (“How will I get there?”). We usually combine the leadership program with the practical stage, which includes planning, executing and guiding a feasible project, which relates to the goals of the organization that requested our services.
About the process and the tools provided in the course:
The course is divided up into eight overarching topics that focus on a range of skills, and on the process necessary for developing proactive and effective leadership. Following are the details of the course topics we offer:
- Shaping and building a team, an individual identity and a group identity:
The discussion revolving around the individual identity of each person is critical in shaping his/her image as a manager, a coordinator and a leader. A comprehensive and stable identity is the basis for maintaining a vision, a set of guiding values and for leading organizations, businesses or public projects. If we seek to lead, then we need to shape our individual identities. However, this is no simple task, particularly when the social and religious dynamics in Israeli society are given to constant change.
During this section we will examine the components that compose the participants’ personal identities and the backgrounds that shaped them. We will then examine the personal affiliations of each group member to their personal, communal and business environments.
- Establishing a vision and building an annual work plan:
Establishing a personal, social and organizational vision is a central part of developing proactive leadership, which is derived directly from the discussion regarding one’s personal identity and affiliation to the organizational structure. It is important to discuss the vision in order to clarify the various leadership styles and their implementation. In addition, the discussion reveals the needs and resources found in the group, while providing tools for building an annual work plan. During this section we will examine where each participant seeks to be active. We will ask them what their essential needs are within their environment, and which personal, group and organizational goals they wish to achieve? Furthermore, we will guide and provide tools for writing a work plan, a business plan and for defining clear objectives within a designated time frame.
- Individual and group leadership – and our understanding of the role:
This section will provide practical leadership tools for leading and managing projects and operations. We will learn and identify the need to adapt styles of leadership to different situations and people, such as transformational and transactional leadership. We will examine the interaction between different styles of leadership to civic models, and provide participants with tools for managing a project and generating meaningful, effective and positive teamwork.
- Information management, communication and local cooperation:
This topic focuses on managing sources of information, the means of communication and the resources at the disposal of the leader in charge. We will examine and implement the correct way to manage information, as well as interpersonal and group communications. We will learn and practice styles of communication, and experience the “feedback” method that provides leaders with important information while they are fulfilling their role. In addition, we will study the “networking” models for organizational empowerment, with the help of accessible local resources.
- Tools for marketing and promoting yourself, the team and the project:
A fundamental part of practical leadership relies on the ability to promote yourself and the project. This ability relies, among other things, on public speaking and body language skills, as well as assertive behavior, persuasion skills, the ability to handle objections and so on. The knowledge acquired in this section is based on theories and knowledge in the field, but mostly on the experience of the group members themselves, including their personal and group feedback and the evaluations they will carry out.
- Management and facilitation tools:
This section provides the participants with practical tools for developing and facilitating management training programs, such as seminars, training sessions and coaching. It will provide the participant with tools to lead employees, participants or friends under his/her guidance. In addition, we will learn about tools for group facilitation and personal mentoring, and will identify the differences and the tools used by managers and leaders. This section will also deal with time management, instructive management and team management frameworks.
- Developing and implementing a professional project:
The following topic of the leadership course consists of a practical and applicable component within the process experienced by the group. Each participant, or group of participants, will be asked to present a plan or an initiative that will relate and contribute to the organization in question. The project must include several components and criteria as defined ahead of time with our client. We will work together to carry out the project and provide professional feedback regarding the various stages of its implementation.
- Departure, feedback and professional guidance throughout the year
At the end of the course we will offer you a set of tools as a farewell gift that will help to maximize the ties and relationships that were established over the course of the training seminar. Furthermore, at the end of the process we will offer participants personal and professional mentoring services, which are provided by the Mashkuckit staff. Graduates will be presented with a prestigious “Leadership Course Graduate” diploma, signed by the CEO of the organization hired our services, as well as Dr Yaniv Shenhav – the founder of the course and the CEO of the Mashkuchit – Business Development and Training Company. Finally, the leadership course incorporates a number of additional learning methods, such as going on experiential learning trips, visiting and examining the development processes of several similar organizations, learning research and development methods and more.
The success of our leadership course model throughout the country and the world, with various communities, businesses and groups, is due to our vast knowledge and experience in the field of leadership and management development. The number of sessions and courses varies from group to group, according to the context and the goals of the course.
- To watch a video on the acclaimed Jewish-Zionist Leadership Course, known as BFL, which we developed and facilitated for students in Jewish communities around the world, press here!
- To read the “Organizational Leadership Course” syllabus, which was held in several organizations and businesses, please contact us.