Drastically improve leadership performance in only 6 weeks, with our evidence-based leadership development program for founders, executives, and emerging leaders.

Welcome to The Leadership Accelerator

If you are in the business of making waves in innovation, cleantech, education, healthcare, sustainability or the world of improving supply chain management, materials development, or electrical efficiency… In short, if you want to make a positive impact, you’re in the right place.

With our program, you don’t need to master a thousand leadership skills and practices. We’ve distilled it down to the essential 20% that conquers 80% of all leadership challenges – think of it as upgrading your leadership operating system.

This is for you if:

  • You are an executive or founder about to scale your company.
  • You regularly deal with employees and other stakeholders.
  • You want your team to function well and get things done.
  • You want to foster innovation in your organization.
  • You want to enroll others in change initiatives.
  • You want to easily handle tough conversations and negotiations.

You will learn:

  • How to drastically improve the impact of your communication.
  • How to influence and enrol others in your ideas.
  • How to turn tough conversations into development opportunities.
  • How to create higher team performance with less effort.
  • How to lead and make decisions authentically, with less doubt.
  • Prevent burnout, and foster wellbeing for yourself and your team.


Each module is based on the essential leadership skills distilled from direct experience of coaching and teaching hundreds of executives, founders, and emerging leaders. We use elements of neurocognitive science, mental performance coaching, as well as 40+ years of applied research used to develop our modules.

As a leader who wants to make an impact, you need to solve complex problems quickly, confidently navigate relationships, and inspire your team to smash objectives.

Our curriculum is structured so that each module builds on top of the previous one. We use instructional design best practices and give you specific practices to take on between modules to lock in the learning.

Each module gives you practical tools you can use immediately with your team, stakeholders, investors and clients.

Your Instructor

Ernest Barbaric is an executive coach, strategic advisor, and professional DISC facilitator.

His work has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, HubSpot, Smart Insights, and Canadian Business, and he has worked with leaders from companies such as Yamaha, Shure, Brookfield Properties, and Digital Promise.

He is a top-rated instructor at Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and the Canadian Marketing Association.

Ernest has been working with leaders, executives and entrepreneurs for over 15 years, helping them navigate strategy, innovation and digital transformation.


I. Communication Intelligence

Instantly identify different personal communication styles, how they show up when stressed or fatigued, and learn how to authentically influence direct reports, peers, and stakeholders (…and loved ones).

II. Relationship Design

Quickly develop deep, effective relationships, and learn how to re-design existing ones. Eliminate the most common causes of relationship failure, and learn how to increase the retention of your high-performing employees.

III. Mastering Feedback

Hard conversations can cause you to bloat and stress out, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn how to easily shape behaviour with our 5-Factor feedback model, and how to use feedback as a method of building a high-performance team culture.

IV. Coaching Skills

All good leaders have a little coach in them. Well, not literally. Transform your leadership by using 2 simple frameworks and learn how to create more impact with less effort. Your employees will thank you, and your board will hold a pizza party in your honour.

V. Crafting Your LeaderBrand

Don’t fly by the seat of your pants, and hope for the best. Leave that for our political leaders. The deep work we do in this module enables you to make better decisions, stay in integrity, and lead so others follow. This is often one of the most transformative leadership moments.

VI. Lift & Thrust

This module is solely focused on building a culture where people feel excited to come to work, are enabled to do their best work, and their leaders actively remove obstacles out of their way. You will learn how to build a diverse, innovative, and high-performance culture in your team, and in your organization.

SYNTHESIS – Final Exam

Your final rite of passage. Before you are endowed with the coveted LinkedIn completion badge, you will be tested on all previous modules. We will throw real-world leadership challenges at you, that you will have to solve using our 6 principles from the accelerator. On completion, you will also receive a “day off” coupon (may not be applicable at your place of work).

I found significant value in validating some of my top differentiators and uncovering a few additional nuggets. By nature, I am a humble leader, and with Ernest’s helpful nudges, I’m in a place now to step forward and claim my strengths with more conviction. 

I can see this resource being so helpful for leaders, business owners, and teams when it comes to navigating change with more adaptability by understanding strengths, behaviours, motivations, and understanding differences to partner effectively vs judging them. 

Ernest is exceptionally insightful and strategic, an incredible listener, and a true delight to partner with. I would recommend Ernest as a coach for positive change in a heartbeat.

Eva Van Krugel // Leadership Coach & Facilitator // Live With Fervor


How is this amazing program delivered?

Good question! This program is delivered virtually, in 6 90-minute sessions (plus the final exam). This is a great option for remote and hybrid teams, or those tight on time. For an in-person experience, the program can be delivered in 2 full-day sessions at your location.

Am I able to use the Canada Job Grant?

Since each province is using different criteria for training eligibility, you may be able to apply for the Job Grant and use it toward the program. Please check with your home province – here are the links to BC and Alberta.

What resources will I receive?

Aside from our dazzling personalities, each participant will also receive a workbook that summarizes each module into key elements and provides additional reading and resources, as well as a collection of leadership-building assignments.

Will I have access to the sessions after?

Due to the nature of the discussions, most participants chose not to have videos distributed any further than the group. However, with online delivery, these modules can be recorded and available for 30 days after completion through a password-protected portal.

Can you guarantee success?

Our guarantee is only as good as the effort you choose to put into the work. We will do our very best to support you, coach you, and share the most effective ways of dealing with leadership challenges. Just like going to the gym, it’s up to you to put in the reps and we will be there to support you along the way.

Should you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Elari Leadership Accelerator is a six-week program to drastically improve your leadership performance. The content is tailored specifically for innovative founders, executives, and emerging leaders.

It’s quick, punchy, and to the point. You will hone the essential 20% of leadership skills that will help you resolve or navigate 80% of the challenges you will run into.

This program includes:

  • 6 x 90-minute virtual sessions
  • Final exam based on real-world leadership challenges
  • 6 easy-to-remember and apply tools and frameworks
  • 10 hours of live leadership training

Next Steps

The investment for online delivery is $1800 CAD per person with a minimum of 6 per cohort, and we are currently booking starts in January 2024. If you are considering live delivery or a customized program, please reach out using the form below.

Someone from our team will be in touch with you within 24 hours.