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The Tanzanite Signature Leadership Program™

Contemporary leadership for today's leaders.

The Tanzanite Signature Leadership Program™ takes everything you've already learned about leadership and integrates new concepts of thinking that will revolutionize your capacity for success. Combining on-site sessions and connected virtual learning, leadership expert Eric Swenson guides organizations and individuals through a foundational journey to produce extraordinary leaders.

Upcoming Program

Dates & Locations

May 4, 2023 - 9:30-2:30 (PT)

July 13, 2023 - 9:30-2:30 (PT)

October 5, 2023 - 9:30-2:30 (PT)

January 11, 2024 - 9:30-2:30 (PT)



Meet Eric Swenson


Program Overview

The truth is: most leadership programs, and even MBA educations, have not evolved to keep pace with the shifting dynamic of the workplace. As technology changes, so must companies, jobs, and requisite skills. More than anything, tomorrow’s leaders must be agile, transformational, and emotionally intelligent.


The Tanzanite Signature Leadership Program is designed to integrate what you have already learned about business and management with new concepts that will be the foundation for leadership success. Designed for both current and future leaders, Tanzanite teaches:

  • Communication skills for turning managers into leaders.

  • Best practices for managing performance, setting expectations, and quickly shifting directions.

  • Techniques for improving hiring and selection skills.

  • Creating the peer accountability and genuine team players required for high-performing teams.

  • And much, much more.

Our mission is to create more relevant, intentional and knowledgeable leaders, as those leaders are the critical driver of organizational health and shareholder value. Participants in our programs return confident and inspired to be that type of leader.


There is no question that leadership skills can be developed. Learning these skills is the essence of Tanzanite. This program consists of four live sessions held quarterly. Between sessions, students will be assigned podcasts, reading, and interactive discussions designed to fine-tune and sustain the skills learned in the live sessions.


This program can be customized and presented at your business, or individual students can attend programs held at our offices in Los Angeles, California. In either case, sessions are limited to 20 attendees to maximize personal attention.

Year 1

Year One Sessions


Session One

1. State of the Workforce

An overview of trends, best practices and research on the forces that are shaping the way leaders need to lead in today’s workplace. This presentation lays the foundation for understanding why contemporary leadership must change to adapt to the forces in the workplace.

2. Understanding & Managing People

Establishing values and expectations of yourself and your direct reports; discussion of impactful leaders you’ve had and how you can develop skills to improve your leadership skills.

3. Learning Leadership Skills That Deliver Impact

Through exercises, discussion and breakout sessions, we’ll talk about ways to effectively lead people in order to provide a meaningful working relationship with peers, employees, and supervisors. The focus is on styles that separate leaders from mere managers.

Session Two

1. Leveraging Communication for Success

Communication as the single most important characteristic that a leader needs. Today’s session involves a discussion of techniques that improves communication skills. How to deliver feedback; developing trust and transparency are the focus. 

2. Performance Management For Today’s Workforce

Managing performance is a lot more than the annual review. It’s continuous, interactive, and designed to improve productivity, engagement and mutual understanding. We’ll discuss what cutting edge companies are doing and take best practices and integrate them into the fabric of your culture.

3. Creating Accountability in the Workplace

Employees can be entitled. How can you get them to be accountable? We’ll discuss strategies you can use to change your employee culture from entitled to accountable.

Session Three

1. How to Interview, Select & Hire

We’ll identify techniques to significantly improve hiring and selection skills. Group exercises include developing questions to address needs; identifying “fit”; and how to come to a cohesive decision. We’ll also develop processes that ensure new hires become quickly adapted to your business and culture.

2. Integrating Kolbe® Into Your Leadership Style

You’ll see how using the Kolbe® assessments formulates understanding and appreciation of how we prefer to take action and make decisions. A Certified Kolbe® Consultant leads an interactive discussion one how we to work better as a team.

3. The Five A’s of Great Employees™

Based on Eric’s 2016 book, we’ll learn how using the 5 A’s helps you to better manage and assess employees. In an era where potential and expertise trumps tenure, the ability to identify intangibles in others is an essential component of talent leadership.

4. The Every Day Manager™

A program that focuses on essentials of management—from how to delegate more effectively to best practices on discipline and discharge of employees.

Session Four


1. EQ & The Contemporary Leader

Experts now agree: the degree to which you’re in tune your employees is a major factor in employee satisfaction and engagement. We’ll discuss Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and work to discover how you can become more attuned to your employees.

2. Creating High Performing Teams

How do teams get to be “High Performing?” It’s not by accident. High Performing teams have a culture of peer accountability, management involvement (but not too involved) and are composed of genuine team players.

3. Happiness and Positivity in the Workplace

Research shows that people gravitate towards those who are happy and positive. So how do you infuse your team with that energy? We’ll show you techniques and methods for creating happiness and positivity in the workplace, incorporating many of the lessons we’ve learned over the past year.


Topics by Subject Matter


Leadership Skills

Talent Acquisition

Talent Management 

Your Development

Organizational Development

Creating Accountability in the Workplace

Creating Trust & Transparency

Emotional Intelligence and the Contemporary Leader

From Managing to Mentoring – What Employees Really Look For

Intentional Leadership

Learning Impactful Leadership Skills

Leveraging Communication for Success

Advanced Interviewing Skills 

How to Interview, Select & Hire

Making the Decision: How to Select Your Best Candidate

Talent Acquisition Strategies – Employment Branding & EVP

Communication 101 – Conducting Effective Meetings

Managing Remote Employees

Retention Strategies in an Era of Turnover

The Every Day Manager™

Performance Management for Today's Workforce

Character & Ethics

Developing Your Unique Style & Presence

Fundamentals of Managing People: Values & Expectations

Integrating Kolbe® Into Your Leadership Style

The Development of You

Using Social Media to Your Leadership Advantage

Corporate Social Responsibility

Creating a Culture & Defining “Cultural Fit”

Employee Engagement and the Modern Workforce


From Change Management to Change Leadership

Happiness & Positivity in the Workplace


Intrapreneurship – Developing Leadership Projects for NextGen

Succession Planning

The Destination Employer

The Five A's of Great Employees™

Understanding How to Lead Leaders

Creating High Performing Teams

Reserve your place as one of our future's extraordinary leaders.

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