Follow the Path to Leadership

The NACS Leadership for Success program equips leaders with skills to excel.

October 10, 2019

ALEXANDRIA—There’s a leader inside you whether you know it or not. Every one of us naturally influences others. Cultivating this natural influence and defining a vision of your ideal leader-self puts you on the path to business success.

NACS is helping emerging leaders do just that, while building skills for long-term success through its NACS Leadership for Success program. This six-day, on-site program takes place April 19-24, 2020, in Glen Allen (Richmond), Virginia. It focuses on arming participants with skills they can immediately use on the job to improve their leadership and operational performance.

While the six days of on-site programing are comprehensive and intense, it’s just the beginning of the process for participants. During the following six months, team members apply what they learned at NACS Leadership for Success in their work environment and then present their experience at an education session at the annual NACS Show.

Wondering if this program is right for you? Joanne M. Loce, who designed the program and is managing partner of Fortify Leadership Group, spoke with NACS Daily about the program and its role in developing and establishing tomorrow’s leaders.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate for NACS Leadership for Success?

A: The program was developed for district managers, supervisors and other convenience retailers who want to improve their work performance. Leaders who attend this program should be willing to take a reflective look at their personal strengths, development areas and ways they can change how they lead to drive higher levels of performance and employee commitment. If leaders are taking on new challenges, are looking to take their leadership to the next level or believe that their actions can impact how their employees perform in new and different ways, this is a great program for them.

Q: Why should I attend this particular leadership conference?

A: During this program, leaders will explore their natural preferred working styles, emotional intelligence and values that drive their leadership brand. They also will discover how they, as individual leaders, can impact culture, employee engagement and business performance. In addition to learning about leadership and applying new skills to real-life situations, leaders who attend build their professional network with peers in the c-store industry. Attendees define a project and use their leadership skills to impact their work environment, allowing them a practical way to reinforce what they have learned to drive results.

Q: What kind of success have past participants had?

A: Each year at the NACS Show, program attendees present their project during an education session. Past participants have described business successes that ranged from reducing attrition and improving communications within teams to greater recognition and increased participation in loyalty programs. For many attendees, the leadership training spilled over into their personal lives, as well. Individuals who have attended this program reported personal successes such as sharing more time with family, improving personal fitness levels and building personal confidence.

To learn more about NACS Leadership for Success, click here.

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