Leadership Excellence Series

Leadership Excellence Series

Once per fiscal year, Professional Development Programs offers the Leadership Excellence series.  This is a fun-filled, fast-paced program that covers leadership theory,  practices, and 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.

The Fall 2021 Leadership Excellence Series is comprised of the following 8 required sessions:

  • Foundations of Leadership - Friday, September 17th from 8:30am-2:30pm (lunch will be provided)  

This session introduces you to the concept of leadership, and sets the tone for all of the explorations of leadership principles to follow.  Time will be taken to help you get to know workshop participants, and understand the opportunities which Leadership Excellence (LE) 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.

  • Team Builders and People Developers - Friday, September 24th from 8:30am-12:30pm

This session explores the definition and characteristics of effective teamwork environments. Emphasis is on how to create a positive team culture of engaged employees working together toward common goals. Topics include the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, trust and team building, and the Ideal Team Player model. 

  • Change and Transitions - Friday, October 1st from 8:30am-12:30pm

Continuous improvement in the workplace requires change, and change is difficult! This session will focus on helping you to work through change, and how to help others to embrace and move through a major change successfully.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Friday, October 8th from 8:30am-12:30pm

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 many intersecting identities including race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, etc. The purpose of this session is to raise participant awareness of their own biases and increase sensitivity to working in diverse communities, enabling them to more effectively build a collaborative work environment and lead effectively within this environment. 

  • Thoughtful, Open Communicators - Tuesday, October 12th from 8:30am-12:30pm
The effective leader is an excellent communicator, who uses a toolkit of communication tools to disseminate information, state expectations, and enhance teamwork. This session focuses on the foundation of effective listening, and then builds on it with other essential communication skills through discussion and practice. 

  • Conflict, Courage and Difficult Conversations - Friday, October 29th from 8:30am-12:30pm (lunch will be provided)

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 29th from 1:30pm-4:30pm (lunch will be provided)

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.

  •  Leadership Styles Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Tuesday, November 2nd from 8:30am-2:30pm ("graduation" celebration lunch will be provided)
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 on relationships. 


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