New Leaders (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)

Sessions: Wednesdays 11:30-2:00 PM (buffet lunch served)
Program Completion and Celebration, ½ Day, May 9, 2018
304 Wilson Library (bottom floor next to Music Library)

Leadership Fundamentals (Nomination Required)

Leadership Fundamentals is a cohort program for current or newly appointed leaders. The program begins with a focus on key leadership assessments and topics. Participants will learn leadership concepts and models, build specific skills, and practice mastery of those skills through real case studies and small group mentoring and coaching. Leaders will focus on how to continue to develop those skills and complete a targeted and specific individual leadership development plan.

Each part of this leadership program offers reflection, models and practice in leading effectively. Starting with self-reflection as a leader is the intentional pathway to interacting well with others. A commitment to all the sessions as a leadership cohort will provide the fundamental connections and collaborations to make learning meaningful, relevant and sustainable.

Sessions and Learning Objectives

Part I: You as a Leader: Discovery and Identity

The first three sessions focus on self-awareness about leading. We begin with creating a leadership learning community as we mentor, coach and support each other. We will review leadership approaches and examine which philosophies are most relevant to you, your specific departments, centers, groups or units. By articulating your professional values we will connect how those values translate into the ways you want to lead and communicate.

We start with identifying your own preferences and strengths using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality preferences instrument. This assessment lays the groundwork to understand other’s preferences and discover simple ways of communicating that builds trusting relationships. The MBTI will provide multiple applications for leading others such as understanding strengths and styles, communications, problem-solving, coaching and decision-making to name a few. As leaders, gaining self-awareness and then reflecting about your own style will provide the foundational components of how to build trust with yourself and effective relationships with others. We will create a common language of leadership competencies using the leadership architect tool and develop an individual plan to continue your leadership learning.

Topics Date
  • Orientation Session
  • Building Leadership Community
  • Discovery and Definitions of Academic Leadership
  • Values and Motivators
  • Ethics, Integrity and Trust

September 27, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm

  • Understanding Your Strengths/Style
  • MBTI and Communications
October 11, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Leadership Architect
  • Individual Leadership Development Plan
November 8, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm


Part II: Building Relationships with Others

With a clearer understanding of your strengths, styles and approaches as a leader, we will engage in skill-building sessions that enhance your interpersonal relationships. We will refresh your active listening skills that provide the backbone to effective interactions.

Your understanding about why you would give feedback and how to give feedback, offers insights and ways you can address the nuances about how others hear and respond to feedback. Creating an open culture that gives feedback productively allows the flow of work and creativity to move forward and increase learning from our experiences.

We will define and demystify conflict by identifying typical conflict styles for you as leader and for others that will support choices for constructive conversations. These conversations intend to increase your insights and use the effective behaviors, sensitive to how conflict addresses, resolves and engages creative solutions.

Our work in understanding the factors and dynamics that foster collaboration will energize meetings and discussions. Understanding your own motivators and the motivations of others reinforces meaningful and productive relationships and collaborations.

Mentoring and coaching addresses how to engage others in thinking and planning for accomplishments. Being able to know the difference between coaching and mentoring provides a comprehensive approach for empowering others. Knowing how to delegate key tasks and how to communicate and coach others to accomplish those tasks establishes a clear path for achievements.

Topics Date
  • Listening Effectively
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

December 13, 2017
11:30am to 2:00pm

  • Identifying Conflict Styles and Managing Conflict Effectively
January 17, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Conflict and Conversation
February 28, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Building and Fostering Collaboration
  • Motivating Others
March 21, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Effective Delegation
April 11, 2018
11:30am to 2:00pm

Part III: You and Leading in the University

In the third and final part of this program, we will review the decision-making choices available as a leader by identifying the types of decisions we engage in our academic settings, along with how we approach the challenges that warrant various decisions.

As a group, we will look at our most effective ways for setting priorities in conjunction with the many academic directions that emerge as a dynamic public research university.

Our program will finish with a draft individual leadership development plan that will direct your own leadership growth priorities as you continue your leadership journey.

Topics Date
  • Decision Making and Problem-Solving
  • Priority Setting
  • Leadership Development Plans
  • Continuous Journey

May 9, 2018
(1/2 day)
9:00am to 12:00pm


Closing Celebration

Topics Date
   Celebration and Executive Dialogue Luncheon Session

May 9, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm


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