Leadership Excellence Series

​​Leadership Excellence Series

Fall 2015

Once per fiscal year, Professional Development Programs offers the Leadership Excellence series.  This is a fun-filled, fast-paced program that covers supervision theory, management practices, and leadership skills in an interactive and engaging setting. Certification will be awarded upon completion of the entire series. If you are interested, you must register for the entire series.

Leadership Excellence is comprised of  the following 7 required sessions and 2 electives (look under Leadership Excellence II for your elective options):

  • Foundations of Leadership (lunch is included)
    • September 18
    • 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Rowe 229
    • This session introduces you to the concept of leadership, and sets the tone for all of the explorations of leadership to follow.  Time will be taken to help you get to know workshop participants, and understand the opportunities which Leadership Excellence provides for your growth and development.  It then establishes a guiding framework for leadership aligned with CMU's mission and explores core values, behaviors and characteristics of great leaders and supervisors.​
  • Leadership Styles Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    • September 24
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Rowe 229
    • Developing an understanding of personal style is fundamental in enabling participants to manage and interact more effectively with others.  The purpose of this session is to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory to the next level by exploring the impact of our personaliti​es in our day to day workplace interactions. 

  • Effective Communication​​
    • October 2
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Rowe 229
      ​This session explores essential communication skills through activities, discussion, and practice.  A basic model for communication will be presented, followed by specific tools to enhance listening effectiveness and improve communication efforts in a variety of settings.

  • ​Becoming an Ally
    • ​​October 23
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • ​​Rowe 229
      The rapidly diversifying face of the American workforce requires that employees be able to effectively work in a setting with co-workers from a variety of backgrounds based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and age.  The purpose of this session is to raise participant awareness of their own biases and increase sensitivity to diversity issues, enabling them to more effectively build a collaborative work environment and lead effectively within this environment. 

  • ​Change & Transitions
    • ​​​October 29
    • 1:30-4:00 p.m.
    • Plachta Auditorium 
      This motivational and inspirational session will focus on the dynamics involved in working through a major change, both as an individual and as a team.  Stephani Victor, a paralympic Gold Medalist, will share parts of her inspirational story as we explore how leaders and supervisors can embrace and help others move through the various stages of change and transitions. 
  • Difficult Conversations & Conflict
    • ​October 30
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Rowe 229
      We've all been there. We need to talk, but we would rather not! Whether it's about performance, conflict, or the neighbor's dog, the struggle of what to say and how to say it weighs heavy. Utilizing principles and ideas from a variety of resources, this workshop will explore the dynamics of what is involved in conflicts and difficult conversations of various kinds. Whether you are directly involved in the conflict, or you are helping other people work through theirs, practical ways to work through them will be discussed and practiced in this workshop.
    • Creating a Positive Teamwork Culture (and our "graduation" celebration lunch)
      • November 6
      • 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., lunch included
      • Rowe 229
        This session explores the definition and characteristics of building a motivational work environment.  Emphasis is on how to create a positive work environment which is conducive for employee morale and productivity.  Topics include the power of positive relationships, trust and teambuilding, collaboration, and positive methods of correction and discipline

    For more information,  contact Professional Development Programs at (989) 774-1073. 

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