Leadership Excellence Series

Leadership Excellence Series

Fall 2013

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 9 sessions:

  • Foundations of Leadership
    • September 26
    • 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw 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.


  • Leadership Styles Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    • October 3
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Lakeshore Room
    • 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 personal style relationships.


  • Becoming an Ally
    • October 10
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw 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. 


  • Effective Communication
    • October 17
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw 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
    • October 24
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw Room
    • 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.


  • Change & Continuous Improvement
    • October 31
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw Room
    • This motivational and inspirational session will focus on continuous improvement in the workplace and how leaders and supervisors can embrace and manage change.  Dr. Jennifer Wenson from Oakland University will be leading this session. 


  • Performance Management
    • November 7
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw Room
    • Performance Management is a partnership.  Participants will learn how to develop SMART goals, deliver effective feedback, focus on career development for themselves and their staff, and utilize the CMU Performance Management process.


  • Creating Motivational Environments
    • November 14
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center, Mackinaw Room
    • 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


  • University Theatre & Graduation Celebration
    • November 21
    • 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Bovee University Center Rotunda

This session will provide participants with an update on university, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations that define how CMU operates.  The program is interactive and entertaining while equipping participants with knowledge and providing them with resources for future questions.

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


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Phone: 989-774-4000

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