Leadership Excellence Series

Leadership Excellence Series

Fall 2017

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 8 required sessions:

  • Foundations of Leadership (lunch is included)
    • Friday, September 22
    • 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center/Isabella Room

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. The session concludes with reflections on leadership by Dr. George Ross.

  • Thoughtful, Open Communicators
    • Friday, Sepember 29
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center/Isabella Room

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.

  • Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Courage (lunch is included)
    • Friday, October 6 - morning session
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • EHS 215

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.

  • Proactive, Responsible and Accountable
    • Friday, October 6 - afternoon session
    • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    • EHS 215

Personal accountability occurs when goals become the organizing principle, tasks become exciting challenges, departments become teams and managers become true leaders.  Attend this seminar and learn your role in creating an accountable organization.  Explore two models:   1) the leader's role in defining results, identifying beliefs and creating experiences and 2) the collective "l" role in everyone being responsible for seeing, owning, solving and doing to enhance productivity and outcomes.  Facilitated by Deb Dunbar/ Indiana University.

  • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Friday, October 13
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center/Maroon Room

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 and Transitions
    • Friday, October 27
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center

Change happens!  Whether at home or work, chosen or not, we all face change of various kinds and intensities.  How can I work through change to obtain the best possible results, while helping those around me who may be experiencing some of the same things?  Overlapping three models of change, this interactive workshop will explore the various dynamics involved, so participants can better navigate through both the change and their personal reactions to it. Participants will understand the three phases of the transition process and be better equipped to help lead others in a positive journey through change.

  • Team Builders and People Developers
    • Friday, November 3
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center/Lake Huron Room

This session explores the definition and characteristics of effective teamwork, utilizing Patrick Lencioni's 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and Ideal Team Player models as the foundation for discussion.  Topics will include vulnerability trust, the three virtues of the ideal team player, and the leader's responsibility to value and develop each of their team members.

  •    Leadership Styles Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (and our "graduation" celebration lunch)
    • Thursday, November 9
    • 8:30 a.m. - 1:45p.m., lunch included
    • UC/Lakeshore, lunch in the Rotunda

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 personalities in our day to day workplace interactions. 


For more information, contact Professional Development Programs at (989) 774-7194.