"This course is life changing. I wish I had this training twenty years ago."
“This is the best training program I have attended during my 25 years at UCSD! An excellent combination of practical and theoretical concepts. I learned a lot about leadership and honed the skills I already have while learning new things. This was a program I looked forward to coming to. New managers should be given the opportunity to take this, and experienced managers would benefit from a refresher. Attending this program with my colleagues was amazing. Having this time together was a great team building experience.”
"I’m extremely grateful you were able to present this to our team. This has touched me in ways you may not realize, you have no idea how much this will impact me. I’ve been experiencing many challenges , pressures and feeling emotionally drained. This profile explained so much on how I’ve been feeling at work in my professional environment. I’m also reaching out to you not only to let you know that this has changed my life for the moment but because I would love to know how may I take this opportunity to introduce this to my husband and my two teenage children? I try to work on always building a strong foundation in my household to always be united and I feel this questionnaire will help us tremendously with the obstacles we are facing as a family as well."
“This is the best leadership course I have ever taken (and I’ve done many.) It is action-oriented and has very good quality material.”
“The results have been spectacular! Staff thoroughly enjoyed learning more about themselves, colleagues and leadership through the Energize2Lead Workshops. The supervisors and managers were grateful for the development opportunity and feel empowered by the 9-module program. Many have commented on the tremendous bonding experience and are eager to continue exploring the topics addressed. All found it to be incredibly worthwhile, not only due to the knowledge gained but also by the connections we all made. It definitely brought us together and made us a true team.”
"This is the best leadership course I have been to. Very personal, allows a lot of focus. Thank you!"
“I've been through several managerial trainings and courses but I feel like I've achieved the most "aha" moments through this program and your facilitation. I feel that all of the MAE managers really benefited from the training also.”
"This is different than any other leadership training I have ever been part of. This is the bigger WHY and the HOW to not just be an effective leader, but to reproduce leaders around you. It is education, but also a call to action with measurable metrics."
“This course really helped distill the most critical aspects of successful leadership in clearly organized and articulated teaching modules and memorable take-aways. Jay did a great job relating the points made to our lives.”
"I sure learned a lot about myself. That was the best leadership seminar I have been to. I am really excited to get back to work next week and implement what I have learned!"
"The program has been very helpful in my journey of self-discovery as a leader, and in developing and improving my leadership skills and philosophy. The format was very engaging and sought active participation from all attendees in a safe and supportive environment. Jay has done an amazing job facilitating thought-provoking discussions and inviting participants to share their perspectives. I particularly appreciated learning specific techniques and strategies I can implement in my daily routine that help be the most effective leader."
"The program is a very personal program and provides a variety of useful tools for leading teams. I have learned so much and am excited to implement new tools in the future."
"Your presentation was awesome, inspiring, motivating and engaging. Thank you!!!!!!"
"The program is packed with practical strategies that I can immediately apply in my daily routine and become a more effective leader."
"Excellent leadership education for promoting a healthy and productive team, with real life examples and situations. It is thought provoking and requires self-analysis for your growth and development. It is presented at a good pace and not stale in delivery. I have completed a few other leadership/coaching courses and I found this information applicable, helpful and in tune with today."
"A great, in depth introduction to developing leadership skills or becoming a better leader."
“This program helped me realize the areas I need to work on to become a better leader. Specifically, time management and developing others were very beneficial to me. Also, the Energize2Lead profile will be helpful in recognizing my leadership style, as well as recognizing the leadership style of others. I also can't discount the portion covering "high payoff activities" that will benefit me both in my professional and personal relationships. The materials and instructor were excellent.”
"The Leadership Excellence course goes over a ton of resources and information to help improve a supervisor in all aspects of leadership, coaching, motivating, setting goals and setting expectations for themselves and others. It is intense but you get out of it what you put in. It also facilitates the sharing of information with other supervisors in the same point of their careers."
“Jay was fantastic and did a great job facilitating the discussion and the content.”
“The course walks you through each critical area that builds a foundation for high quality solid leadership skills that can move a unit forward. The Personal Leadership Philosophy was a highlight in drilling below the surface to pull out core values that help others work well with you and vice versa. Good investment of our time. The program is really well formatted and the support provided is quite solid and useful as you move through the curriculum and run into challenges. Having that resource has been incredibly helpful in making real change.”
"Unbelievably eye-opening course! A must for the Air Force supervisor!"
“Highly engaging and effective. Provides theories and concepts with applicable tools to leverage in support of practicing what was learned.”
"This is not like any other Leadership training courses I have seen. This training had practical, tangible, and usable leadership tools that were taught. I really appreciated walking out the door with both an action plan, and a Leadership Compass that is instantly implementable. This was true leadership training. The facilitator modeled real time coaching with his approach and guided us through to our desired goals with the training. *My Legos will sit on my desk going forward!! Such a helpful reminder."
“An excellent program. It has great material and very thought-provoking topics. The way it was formatted with small groups brings value to our group. Energize2Lead and Personal Leadership Philosophy were the biggest gain to my professional development.”
"This program is very helpful. As a newer Supervisor, I knew there was room for improvement. I only knew what I knew or what I thought I knew from what I've witnessed from previous bosses or direct supervisors. This training gave me some great tools that I can put into place and officially be the leader I want to be for my team."
"The program was very insightful and taught me a lot. Jay Pullins was fantastic and very knowledgeable and engaging."
"Writing a Personal Leadership Philosophy and being coached through the process gives you time to reflect on your values, an opportunity to be intentional with your management practices, and a tangible outcome that can be used for years."
“The Personal Leadership Philosophies are hugely useful and got me to see things from a new perspective. I highly recommend this program.”
"Out of other leadership classes I have taken this one is the most beneficial. Instead of just talking about ideas it provided the tools to implement the ideas and actually see results. The Energize2Lead profile was surprisingly accurate and gave me insight into my personal traits and behaviors. Being able to view these things summarized will be helpful in implementing my leadership philosophy. Jay provided a great atmosphere and wonderful feedback."
“I recommend the program without reservation not only because of the content but because of the quality of instruction provided by Jay Pullins. I appreciate his sincerity and expertise, and I am inspired from his teaching. You can tell right off the bat that he lives and breathes leadership. He is a great role model and the right instructor to lead this training.”
"Even if you consider yourself an effective leader, this course will make you a better one. by focusing on your abilities and your areas that need improvement. Great course!"
“Thank You for the very informative and enlightening presentation. I have already received multiple positive feedback from attendees. I personally will integrate this information in my efforts to know my team members better and align my organization. I definitely will keep you in mind for future such activities.”
“We all agreed – your intensive workshop facilitation prowess and pertinent anecdotes made wading through the challenging stuff a true joy. Thank you, and we look forward to participating in another of your events in the future!”
"I was fortunate enough to have gone through the Energize2Lead training in my previous role, and a few of my colleagues in the Campus Budget Office CBO have also gone through your program. We all have had such a great experience and found the training to be very beneficial."
“Rich and fulfilling management/leadership training. Hands-on learning that you could immediately apply.”
“Jay is a very engaging facilitator who can really hold the attention of the audience. He also offered a lot of great stories that were applicable to the topics we were discussing. The Energize2Lead profile was probably the best self awareness assessment program I have ever participated in. It really digs deep into my preferred, expected and intrinsic styles.”
"The leadership training through Academy Leadership is wholesome, detailed, and thought-provoking. The material used to teach the information was structured well and leaned into adult learning principles. I enjoyed the teaching moments as well as the time to reflect on what we learned - a skill needed in almost every aspect of life, not just in learning environments. Thank you for granting this opportunity to our team as it will be used for years to come!"
"The Leadership Excellence Course offered by Academy Leadership is a crucial course for leaders. It recognizes that traditional types of leadership are outdated, emphasizing the need for a diverse skill set. Beyond hard skills like planning, this course focuses on essential soft skills like communication, creativity, collaboration, and motivation."
"This program opened my eyes to a lot of leadership qualities that are often neglected during our daily ops, i.e. documenting and tracking goals, understanding other peoples' personalities and learning how to communicate with them and lead them."
“I enjoyed talking about the various behaviors that we see in work environments and how to improve ourselves as leaders and to set the example for others. Our facilitator did a great job teaching us concepts, encouraging discussion, and providing feedback to our ideas. Jay did an awesome job! Thank you.”
“A very energizing course that both teaches you and provides many tools on how to apply leadership both professionally and personally. The development of a leadership philosophy is an excellent tool to help understand yourself and how you operate.”
“The creation of my Personal Leadership Philosophy was a great exercise in clarity and communication with my team. The following sessions built on that start. Good team building.”
"An intense and helpful course that improved my ability to mentor and lead my flight."
“Life changing, eye opening and simple to implement.”
“Excellent program that teaches actionable techniques to help leaders improve their ability to inspire their team to be awesome.”
“Great personal takeaways leading me to adapt my style to my team. Increased relationships at my level and above. Jay brings great background and relevance.”
"Fast paced, participative, highly enlightening."
“Intensive development program that allows you to develop and articulate a personal philosophy of leadership and integrate it into your daily living.”
"Transformational, eye-opening and engaging! This course takes all of the things you know you SHOULD be doing and teaches you tools to make them happen AND hold yourself accountable."
“The course really reinforced and provided new tools for us to be better leaders, such as setting SMART goals, managing conflict, conducting productive meetings, and creating our Leader’s Compass. The facilitator was great.”
“Hard core, hard hitting and direct training with a lot of information in a very short amount of time.”
“Enlightening; valuable and amazing.”
“Delivered the tools that will bring my leadership to the next level. Thank you, Jay, for your instruction and mentoring. I would not be the leader I am today without your guidance.”
“The course causes you to step back and analyze how you are as a leader, how you affect others, and where you need to pay attention to differences."
"It really helped me understand myself and others! Will apply in personal life and professional career. I will take this class again!"
“A good investment of time and effort, with rich content (no fluff) and opportunities to learn, interact and practice. Delivered on my goals for participating in the session.”
“Great leadership development program. No wasted time or energy. Excellent curriculum, books and presentation. Jay is an excellent and trustworthy facilitator.”
“You will come out of it energized, and you will learn so much about your style in only three days. At the end you will have written your leadership philosophy that you will use as a compass in your work life.”
"I walked in thinking this would be a refresher to the Professional Military Education academies I have attended. It was much more enlightening and taught me more than I could have imagined. It was fast-paced and filled with valuable, life-changing (work and family) knowledge."
“The course was thorough and comprehensive with regards to areas a leader encounters in an organization. It was extremely beneficial for me as a new manager to explore the concepts in this curriculum. Jay is great, approachable, a wealth of practical experience and knowledge.”
“The Leadership Boot Camp is great for new and experienced leaders to discover or rediscover the essential elements of the leadership discipline.”
“The best part of the course is it taught me to reflect on myself as a leader. The Personal Leadership Philosophy is phenomenal and a great tool.”
“This program sends you home with truly actionable, tactical activities you can start working on immediately. It is not squishy and fluffy, but instead has specific, scientifically proven things you can do in your role to improve your team and yourself and therefore your organization.”
“Know yourself and your style. Learn how to communicate and how to be prepared when communicating. Putting on paper your own leadership philosophy. Energize2Lead is a must have tool.”
"Outstanding! This program exceeded all expectations in every way! Jay was a great facilitator and was able to effectively relate to our organization."
“Intensive, thorough, provides great insight and learning, even with topics learned before.”
“Very thorough and thought provoking. Actually gives you the tools you will need to lead.”
“The most beneficial aspect of the program for me has been developing my Personal Leadership Philosophy. It was an excellent exercise to help me clarify my thoughts about leadership. The other aspect I enjoyed was the interaction with my colleagues and supervisors. Jay is very congenial and thought provoking.”
“A great opportunity to learn about your personality and in what areas you are most effective. Writing my personal leadership philosophy is a wonderful way to define and share my style and I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier.”
“Jay is an excellent listener with an uncanny ability to tease out the issue, pinpoint it into context, and provide real life solutions. I’ve been inspired to be a better leader, and now have the tools to get me there. Jay, you are particularly great at giving examples from your own environment, which solidified a concept. Thank you!”
“The program provides several topics and tools for individuals to reflect on their own leadership style, no matter what their position is within the organization. Thank you for a great program.”
“The curriculum is focused and practical. Jay knows UCSD and makes it relevant. This course will challenge you and make you dig deep. I enjoyed drafting a concise leadership philosophy that I feel comfortable sharing with my team.”
“A terrific opportunity to reflect on my skills and style, and the result led to a closer connection to my staff. Loved Jay’s very personable style.”
“This course has pushed me to reflect on my leadership philosophy and goals, and to really understand the important role my leadership clarity plays in the success of my team and the organization.”
“Intensive, insightful, good material, rich, beneficial, not boring! Lots of good discussion led to inspiration and generated creative solutions. Jay did a great job. I really appreciate his dedication and guidance throughout the course”
“Allows good discussion with other leaders and gives the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences as well as my own. The content is relatable and useful. I enjoyed learning about co-workers and their Energize2Lead profiles. I also enjoyed writing my Personal Leadership Philosophy and hearing others.’ Jay did a great job! Very knowledgeable and insightful, always had good examples relating to content.”
“The course has helped me enhance and implement some of my leadership skills, like running effective meetings, dealing with conflict, holding my staff accountable while allowing them the freedom to exercise their own independence. The curriculum was great, and Jay was great.”
“Thank you so much for facilitating our leadership journey—my goal was to create a cohesive and connected relationship between the Dean’s Office and the departments. We accomplished that! More importantly, you provided some tools for us to become effective leaders.”
“The program provides a lot of applicable tools that can be directly applied back in the work setting. The reflection on the modules and putting things into action helps increase the likelihood of putting the things learned into practice.”
"This course was a highly motivational program that helps accelerate those trying to reach personal leadership goals by giving direction and clarity on how to do so. Jay was a great coach who engaged very well with even the most quiet of groups."
"The program was comprehensive and informative. I really appreciated the practical information shared and the various self assessments. I really got some good insight into my gaps and areas for improvement. I love the tool kit provided and insightful content."
"I wholeheartedly recommend the Academy Leadership program; it was an outstanding and thought-provoking experience. Jay not only provided a comprehensive exploration of leadership principles and practices, but really challenged me to think critically about my leadership style and adapt my approach to various situations. The sessions were dynamic and engaging. Coupling the sessions with practical exercises helped to better understand different leadership dynamics; I feel prepared to implement these strategies in real-world scenarios. This program would benefit anyone seeking to enhance their leadership skills."
"The program is a hands-on leadership training designed for the newer and also seasoned leader. It provides practical and tangible tools to help leaders think about oftentimes intangible concepts of leadership and how to apply them into your role. Jay is excellent. He has a calming, earnest presence as a facilitator."
“Very good information around all aspects of leadership. Provides tools that can be utilized now. Great interaction and discussions allowed everyone to bring ideas and dialog for discussion. It has been a great couple of days and it was well worth the time invested."
"Informative, interactive, and extremely useful for any level of leadership or for aspiring leaders. Jay was very well versed and was able to keep engagement and interest from our cohort."
“This class made me realize how much there is to learn about proper leadership. Jay did a great job of engaging everyone, and making the Leadership Excellence Course a fantastic and enjoyable journey. He met individual needs, and did an impeccable job of listening and providing very thoughtful and constructive feedback.”
"This program is outstanding. I have taken other supervisor or manager training before, but never one on the leader. This helps to bring about what I learned in those trainings back full circle and I understand them more now that I have taken this course."
"Leadership Boot Camp was an inspiring and challenging experience. The course offers both high level concepts all the way down to specific tools you can start implementing & using immediately. It’s for all different management styles, managing all types of people. Jay led the cohort to many “a-ha moments” over our 3 days together. Highly recommend!"
"It is an excellent program not only for entry level managers and leaders, but it can also be a great refresher for those managers and leaders that have substantial professional leadership and management experience. I would describe that the material is detailed and intense. I think it provides very valuable information from goal setting, expectations, communication, and other important topics."
“The program is a fantastic way to gain insight into your own leadership abilities. The program will help an individual tailor their skillset to become a better leader, supervisor, mentor, and coach.”
"The program addresses the challenges that leaders face and provides real world applications to reflect, learn, improve and refine your leadership skills. The program reinvigorated my love of being a leader and inspired me to continue my journey of personal and professional growth."
"An intensive course on how to be a leader- a comprehensive guide on the tools that will allow you to succeed in any leadership role. Jay was incredible, so knowledgeable, approachable and talented. I would absolutely take another one of his trainings in the future."
"A crash course into how to lead, even if you don't have any direct reports at the time, this course prepares you for how to lead, how to communicate expectations and goals and how to keep those goals. The course encourages you to be your best! Jay was excellent and worked hard to keep us on track at all times, since there was so much content. But, he still allowed us to be ourselves and share relevant stories related to the programs' topics."
“Very insightful course to self-reflect in the areas we need help to be better leaders. The Lead2Energize assessment was very accurate and helped me connect the dots. Excellent guidance on coaching and importance of goal setting. The 90 day plan to reinforce the learning will be very valuable. Excellent delivery by Jay Pullins. I wish every leader in my organization was able to take this training.”
"This program was very informative; I got to learn about my personality traits and how that follows with my leadership style. It's fun and informative; I would highly recommend."
"This was a fun and informative program guided by Jay. I think this should be a standard for any newly promoted supervisors. Every organization would gain so much from having leaders participate. Highly recommend and encourage!! Thank you, Jay!!"