Leadership Excellence Series

Leadership Excellence Series

Spring 2012

  Once per 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.

The specific dates, times and presenter's for the series will be released in November 2011.

Leadership Excellence is comprised of 9 sessions:

  • Foundations of Leadership

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

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.

  • Effective Communication

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

    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. 
  • Difficult Conversations & Conflict

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 Motivational Environments  & Teambuilding

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. 

  • Performance Management

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.

  • Dealing with Change & Continuous Improvement

This motivational and inspirational session will focus on continuous improvement in the workplace and how leaders and supervisors can embrace and manage change.  The three mistakes a manager is likely to make will be covered, along with several skills that lie at the heart of all interpersonal relationships.

  • University Theatre & Graduation Celebration

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) 774-1075.  All sessions will be held in Rowe Hall - Room 229.‚Äč