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Develop Your Leadership Philosophy

Develop Your Leadership Philosophy

There are two opportunities for you to become a certified faculty member in Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Program: July 10-13 and 20-23, both at the Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi.

Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies program uses great leaders portrayed in books, films and history to guide students through the development of their own leadership philosophies. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has recognized the program as one of only eight exemplary leadership development programs in higher education.

“The ability to interact with a diversity of participants from different backgrounds and perspectives allows you to see different teaching techniques and styles that you wouldn’t otherwise experience,” said Dr. John Downey, President of Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia, who attended a 2016 certification seminar in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The content of the course is so rich in that it’s getting participants to think about not only their own leadership philosophies but also the leadership philosophies of others.”

The certification seminars are open to anyone but would be especially beneficial for honors program directors and faculty members, student affairs professionals, student group advisors, college faculty and administrators, and leadership development professionals.

PTK’s leadership program applies dialogue-based learning to a combo of Classic Cases, Leadership Profiles, Film Studies, and Experiential Exercises. It’s an engaging and interdisciplinary approach that makes our curriculum accessible and relevant to all.

Tuition is $1,850 and includes lodging and meals. Register by May 26, and save $200 with the discounted rate of $1,650.

Interested? Join one of our upcoming video conferences to learn more.

Dr. Aldena Harris, advisor to the Phi Pi Chapter at Lorain County Community College in Ohio, also attended a 2016 certification seminar. She shared in a blog post that the experience was more than academic.

The themes that were explored during the seminar resonated with her as she reflected on her journey to becoming a college professor. And, she could relate each them to an aspect of her role as a PTK advisor. She viewed it as her first step in grooming her students to become servant leaders.

“Yes, it is process of strengthening concepts that many who have spent years in leadership roles find familiar,” Harris said. “However, what distinguishes it from the typical professional development experience is the extent to which the participants are asked to represent the consciousness and competencies that are essential to being visionary and leading ethically.”



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