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Leveraging Tension for Leadership Success

The Niagara Institute Partnership with Leaders for Leaders (Tim Arnold)


Leaders are often in a tug-of-war, facing countless conflicting demands such as planning vs. action, competition vs. collaboration, change vs. stability, and work vs. home.

In order to thrive, leaders must wrestle with these competing values and tackle chronic issues head on. A powerful way to make this happen is through utilizing a set of principles and tools called Polarity Thinking™.

This straightforward and insightful way allows leaders to understand and succeed in mastering some of life’s most complex problems by tapping into the power of healthy tension. Embracing this fresh and powerful win/win approach will enable teams and leaders to move from mediocrity to greatness.

Ideal for Leaders of
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Program Elements

  • Participants will learn the fundamentals of Polarity Thinking™ and become equipped with the steps needed to manage tensions in a healthy way
  • Interactive activities, table discussions and small group work bring the session to life in an enjoyable and engaging way
  • Through the use of Polarity Maps™, participants will be able to fully see and understand key tension while gaining insight into current strengths and vulnerabilities
  • By generating Action Steps and Early Warning Signs, participants will develop strategies to tap the power of polarities over time
  • Participants will be introduced to the Polarity Assessment™ allowing quantitative metrics from stakeholders to assess the health of key organizational tensions
  • Each participant will receive a notebook containing the key handouts and models

Participants Will Strengthen Their Ability To:

  • Challenge unproductive and limiting mindsets
  • Differentiate between problems to solve and tensions to leverage
  • Understand the importance of managing tensions in complex times
  • Avoid unwarranted conflict while learning to benefit from healthy opposition
  • Develop effective problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Identify the key polarities in your organization
  • Map, assess and strategize around each of the key organizational polarities

Watch Tim Arnold speak about Polarity Management™:

Who Should Attend?

Mid to senior level managers dealing with significant complexity.

The concept of Healthy Tension has become one of the most useful tools in our company’s toolkit. It has transformed our understanding of how to approach issues like team building, leadership, change management and developing healthy dialogue on tough topics.
Tim Masson, CEO, The Ian Martin Group

This program has been designed and is delivered by Tim Arnold (Leaders for Leaders), a Mastery Associate in Polarity Management™, a certified facilitator in both The Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI™) and Emotional Intelligence (BarOn EQ-i™), and trained in the process of Skilled Facilitation™.

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Workshop Dates

Fee: $995*

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*Includes some meals and refreshments. Does not include accommodation. Fees are subject to HST. 


Multiple Attendees

This program is ideal for group training. Maximize the benefits of this learning and increase the return on your training investment by sending multiple people from your organization.

“Really well done. Good mix of facilitation, great examples. Depth of knowledge was obvious."

Dave Kirkconnell, Vice President, Organizational Development, Electrical Safety Authority

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“Best course in some time. Refreshing perspective on leadership."

Russ Whitehead, Director, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

Each participant will receive a copy of Tim Arnold's book, Healthy Tension.

“Great energy, varied activities and lots of interaction."

Jessica Grant, Marketing Manager, George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology


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