From banking to nonprofit, health care management, higher education and more, 25 executives representing a cross-section of industries received an educational experience of a lifetime at Webster University’s leadership workshop, Raising Your Game and Driving Superior Performance. Held April 6-11, the program was co-presented by faculty members from Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business.
As part of the program, participants engaged in activities and field experiences designed to challenge their thinking about leadership, guide their leadership development and show them how to maximize their impact on their organization. Among the sessions, Dr. David Pendleton, chartered psychologist, Oxford University associate fellow and Webster University visiting professor, offered a new approach to leadership that asks participants to consider what they bring to leadership and what they need from others. Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School, facilitated a session on the power of purpose and shared strategies for connecting your passion with your organization’s mission and vision. Oxford University faculty members Dr. Owen Darbishire, Dr. Jennifer King and Richard Olivier presented sessions on decision-making, building teams, setting strategic direction and inspirational leadership.
Program participants also had the opportunity to learn from some of St. Louis’ top business leaders during field visits to area corporations. As part of the leadership development program, Bill DeWitt lll, chairman and managing partner of the St. Louis Cardinals, shared advice for managing star performers; Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations and chief operating officer of the St. Louis Rams, discussed the need for creating an environment that nurtures and attracts talent; John Messman, leadership development director at Boeing Corporation, presented strategies for developing leaders; and Joan Magruder, St. Louis Children’s Hospital president, explained how the hospital balances the daily needs of its patients while remaining focused on the future of medicine and healthcare management.
“Two years ago I had the distinct honor to attend the High Performance Leadership Seminar at Oxford University,” Dr. Akande said. “The experience transformed me and enhanced my leadership capacity, so I wanted to bring Oxford to St. Louis. This week, Webster University has done just that. Our program has provided participants with a remarkable leadership experience thanks to our collaboration with a team of international educators and executives from the St. Louis business community.”