Category: Leadership

Iowa LeaderShape Institute 2017

A week at the LeaderShape Institute is always impactful.  Being around young adults who thirst for a better world renews my energy.  It is a reminder that what we do as leadership development professionals matters. In January 2017 I was

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LAS Returns to the Adventure Learning Center for Mentoring Retreat

On September 12th and 13th the entering Leader Advancement Scholarship (LAS) cohorts of 2015 and 2014 traveled to the Adventure Learning Center at Eagle Village for the annual mentoring retreat. Ninety-one students spend two days at the training center participating

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If you’ve never visit the Motor City, you’re likely of the impression that it is one of the most forsaken pieces of real estate in the United States. From July 2013 until December of 2014 the City of Detroit was

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Exceptional Practices: #ACPA15

Consider. Collaborate. Create. Commit. The collective energy of thousands of student affairs professionals is exciting. That was the case in early March when the annual convention of ACPA (College Student Educators International) descended onto Tampa, FL.  The 2015 conference examined

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Leadership Matters at CMU

Feeling valued is important. At some level, everyone needs to know that they matter. The Leadership Institute at Central Michigan University has certainly been valued differently through its existence. Born as a beloved project of President Leonard Plachta, the early

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Effective Leadership Theories: eLearners Interview

In a recent interview with eLearners, Kelly Bray DeSola asked me a fundamental question about my work to develop the next generation of leaders, “What would you say are the most important traits of an effective leader?” I believe that successful

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Primal Leadership: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

  On Wednesday, November 19th I had the pleasure of serving as the speaker for the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Series. Thirty-five community members participated in the session titled: “Emotional Intelligence: Who Do I Want To Be?”

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Freshmen Leadership Scholars Become Freds

For the past five years students enrolled in my LDR 100: Introduction to Leadership Education and Development course have been assigned Mark Sandborn’s Fred Factor. In addition to being an author, Mark is a well-known speaker and trainer with a

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Unified Detroit

The unique partnership between the Central Michigan University Leadership Institute and Special Olympics Michigan continued to grow on November 12th.  More than twenty Leadership Institute volunteers traveled to Detroit, MI to facilitate a daylong program for Detroit Public School student members

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Connections 2014: Built to Last

The Central Michigan University Leadership Institute hosted the 16th annual Connections Leadership Conference November 8th through 9th at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI. Connections is a celebrated tradition at CMU. Student leaders, both established and emerging, converge

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