University Life Focuses on Leadership Skills

Posted: September 7, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

Effective communication among all members of an organization is an essential part of its success. Recognizing the necessity of effective organizational communication and its importance to a productive workplace, Mason’s University Life division recently developed a series of leadership training modules and is in the process of training its staff.

The four training modules were developed to assist the division’s top leadership and enhance their communication skills between each other and their staff teams.

“The leadership training modules were created as a fundamental component of our division’s wide professional development initiative, which includes a significant focus on leadership and organizational development,” says Pam Patterson, dean of students and assistant vice president of University Life. “It is critical to our division’s success to offer professional development opportunities that enrich personal and professional growth for staff.”

“Language and the Pursuit of Happiness,” a book by Chalmers Brothers, served as a foundation for the development of the leadership modules. The four sessions, each three hours long, are designed to connect individuals and departmental practices with the University Life vision and core values.

According to Patterson, the sessions blend together the fields of leadership development, organization development, linguistics, communication and leadership coaching. Focus areas include developing leadership presence, initiating and engaging in challenging conversations, making effective requests, and developing skills in offering and receiving feedback.

The sessions were offered over the summer to the senior leadership team, directors and associate directors of University Life. This fall, the sessions will be offered to other University Life staff members.

For more information about the leadership training modules, contact Patterson at 703-993-2884.

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