Mason, Prince William Partner to Build Leaders

Posted: October 3, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

“Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today,” a pilot executive leadership workshop jointly developed by George Mason associate professor Shannon Skousgaard, Lockheed Martin, and the Prince William County Public Schools system, takes place today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Manassas.

The workshop provides teachers with a new perspective that will allow them to reflect on their own moral values, understand the moral requirements of community life, and help their students develop and understand those values in their lives. The workshop also provides guidance for effectively communicating values, encouraging improvement, and rewarding positive performance.

“My goal is to get leaders to focus on building community,” says Skousgaard, Philosophy and Religious Studies. “In order to be an effective leader that people will willingly and enthusiastically follow, you have to be a person with values centered in the community. Any culture in which individuals pursue their own goals without regard for others will be unable to achieve any meaningful sense of community.”

“The primary goal of the program is to provide teachers with character development tools for evaluating and improving the student attributes,” says Jim Morris, manager of facilities maintenance and utility operations at Lockheed Martin. “The focus on these characteristics will be through an early exposure to ethical stimulation that will assist the students with eventually entering the business environment.”

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