Are leaders born or are they made? We think it's a little bit of both. While some people are born with more instinctual traits, others cultivate and foster leadership traits over time. Regardless of what type of leader you are - whether you supervise others or aspire to lead by example among your peers - there's always room to become a better one.
We are gearing up for the second wave of Leading the Jayhawk Way - a Pathway to Excellence, and this wave is open to all faculty as well as staff who supervise/manage others. We made the investment in this professional development program because we know it will take a highly effective, engaged workforce to achieve our goals of becoming an employer of choice and top academic medical center. The program, led by the Chad Carden Group, teaches participants practical tips on creating a winning vision; planning and conducting difficult conversations; setting expectations and goals; empowering others to be their best; and much more.
Leading the Jayhawk Way is a chance to commit to lifelong learning and take charge of your personal and professional development at KUMC. The training will help new and emerging leaders learn the skills to be great and experienced leaders to become even better.
"This is a great opportunity for everyone who seeks to improve their communication and interactional skills," said Karen Miller, RN, Ph.D., Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the KU schools of Nursing and Health Professions. "I've been impressed with the changes I'm beginning to see in our medical center culture as a result of these training sessions."
"As a faculty member, your effectiveness will often be based on your ability to influence colleagues and team members as you build your academic career, " explained Robert M. Klein, Ph.D., professor, anatomy and cell biology, and associate dean, faculty affairs. "As change agents, faculty create and disseminate knowledge, and your ability to effectively manage your labs, classes, and departments is critical to our success at KUMC. The Jayhawk Way will provide professional development training that will re-energize your leadership skills."
Hear what former participants have to say about the program:
In order to propel us into the next wave of health care and education challenges and opportunities, we need our leaders with renewed vigor and purpose. Leading the Jayhawk Way can help with this. Faculty and supervisors will receive a special invitation from Steffani Webb, vice chancellor for administration, in the coming weeks. Until then, to learn more about the program, go here. Note: We will continue to offer similar training (called Success Academy) for non-managerial staff beginning in September.