Mythbuster Leadership

What is it?

A mentoring program in a self-directed reading format for developing your leadership.
It’s practical, comprehensive, and focused on achieving lasting changes.

41 Myths
Mythbuster Leadership will deconstruct the leadership myths that have become pervasive. Starting with the myth that leadership is a soft, therefore complex topic. You'll realize that Mythbuster Leadership is focused on application, making it easier to understand for most managers.
20 Themes
Mythbuster Leadership provides you with tools and solutions through 20 leadership themes. Each theme is supported by a Context and Examples section as though you were in mentoring with the author himself.

For Who?

The program will apply to you, individually, so you can improve your leadership through learning.
It is also built as a turnkey program for a team or an entire organization in order to develop a "management buddy" mindset.

Cost and Recognition of training hours

249 $CAN
A 15-hour training certificate can be issued by completing a short test
OIQ (Québec Professional Engineers)
This training is eligible for the purposes of the "Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des ingénieurs du Québec", insofar as the content is related to the exercise of your professional activities
Other professional associations
This training may be eligible. We suggest that you inquire with your association.
CRHA (Quebec chartered human resource professionals)
This training is pre-approved for the recognition of your training hours for the purposes of the mandatory continuing education program of CRHA's in Quebec.
OTSTCFQ (Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec)
This training is as posted on the website of the OTSTCFQ.



Session 1 / The Top Six Traps in Management
Session 2 / Defining our Leadership and Recognizing the 8 Toxic Behaviors
Session 3 / Building Your Management Routine
Session 4 / Developing Systemic Thinking
Session 5 / Managing Stress Risers and Introduction to Feedback 1
Session 6 / Managing at the Right Level
Session 7 / Investing in Behavioral Versatility
Session 8 / Introduction to Feedback 2
Session 9 / Why are we in Management?

Section 2 IMPLEMENTATION (For the delivery of the program in a team)



  1. Tools Management routine
  2. Tool – Feedback 1 preparation template
  3. Example – Continuity tool - « Cheat sheets »
  4. Examples – Lists of questions for introductory meetings
  5. Self-assessment and 360 survey

User survey results

The content of the sessions is concrete
easy to understand
and, above all, easy to apply quickly.

The managers at our plant who completed the Mythbuster Leadership program are unanimous: the content of the sessions is concrete, easy to understand, and, above all, easy to apply quickly.

Alain Gauthier, who designed the program, has a background in operations. He's familiar with the challenges that managers face in the field and uses evocative examples with which they can easily identify, using a vocabulary that speaks to them.

The proposed approach takes into account the human aspects that influence results and allows to identify, head-on and without kid gloves, the behaviors they need to favour and those they must avoid for positive, effective leadership, which will lead team members to optimize their performance.

Although it’s always a challenge to change behaviors and ways of doing, the rigor and support reinforced by the program create commitment and provide the team with the structure required to move forward and work together to apply the changes, ultimately for the company’s success. 


Roxanne Perrault
Organizational Psychologist and Communication Coach
Company in primary / secondary transformation and sale of wood products.
Quebec, Canada


5 Stars….This program provides a road map to making a difference. I’ve read dozens of books and attended seminar after seminar, all told me where I needed to go. This is the first I’ve experienced that told me “How” to get there. It provides turn by turn navigation to becoming a more effective and influential leader. If you’re committed to being the best you can be, this is the program for you.

Wayne Batchelder
Master Scheduling Manager, aluminum fabrication plant
New Jersey, USA

The program, and its Manage by mandate culture, changed the way our team communicates and works together. The training and tools provided gave us the opportunity to set clear expectations and track the results removing any ambiguity, which resulted in lower stress and higher output for the team. The team is also collaborating more, allowing us to solve problems more efficiently. The program has been a real game changer for us.

Chris Chapman
Plant Manager, vinyl extrusion plant
Tennessee, USA

In the last 30 years, I had the opportunity to attend many trainings that tempted to offer « how to become a good leader ». Sadly those trainings left a void and too many unanswered questions : Such as how would I put all that information in application.

A year ago, I had the privilege to follow the Mytyhbuster Leadership program created by Alain. Bravo!!! Its content differentiates it and splits it apart from every other leadership training. It is simple but so effective. Alain has identified the essential needs of his audience and developed a solution that is easy to integrate to our operations.


The program allowed me both to become aware of my behaviors that could affect collaboration in our team as well as to improve my management skills regarding my priorities, by differentiating what is urgent from what is important.

Ultimately, the program allowed to prioritize the development of each member of my team and to increase exponentially the efficiency and the effectiveness of the Engineering and Process improvement team.

I want to personally thank the author, Alain, for having passed on the notions that now allow me to improve and perfect my skills as a leader coach, connector and manager

Sylvain Bellemare
Vice-Président Engineering and Process improvement
Quebec, Canada

Biography - Alain Gauthier

Most of the themes in the Mythbuster Leadership program were inspired by the environment in which I worked. It was an industrial site with five plants, one of the largest of its kind in Canada. Approximately 1,200 employees were working there at the time.

Management always involves managing certain types of risks to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the setting: risks to people and the environment, risks to equipment and infrastructure, risks to processes and product quality, and financial risks.

The complexity of processes at the site made managing even more challenging: complex chemical processes that were demanding in terms of waste treatment; corrosive processes with high concentration gases and chemicals; six steam boilers; an ethanol plant; a water treatment system with a capacity equivalent to that of a city with a population of several million.

It was an incredible
laboratory for leadership

This type of site has its own emergency team, whether for fire, rescue at heights or in confined spaces, or for environmental emergencies. At all times, procedures must be ready, member training must be current, and both must be proven in the eyes of federal authorities. An Emergency Measures Coordinator was responsible for these aspects. For a number of years, I served as the manager in charge of this role in addition to my other duties.

This work environment, coupled with the difficult economic situation at the time, resulted in a high level of pressure, which managers dealt with poorly by slipping into disengaging behaviors. It was an incredible laboratory for leadership, as I would refer to it a decade later.

Read the full bio (about 12 minutes)


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