Introducing the Global Leadership Academy

| October 28, 2010
Global Leadership Academy

In the era of profound economic and environmental change and growing interdependence a sustainable organization must mobilize, develop, and nurture all of its resources. During her first year as Webster’s president, Beth Stroble identified the need for our institution to invest in the most important resource of the Webster University: its people. Specifically, she called for the development of the leadership program that would discover and grow the leadership potential of the Webster’s community.

The essence of the initiative lies in the realization that Webster University needs distributed leadership because the solutions to our collective challenges must come from many places within our organization. This leadership development program is intended to provide practical steps one can take to act on behalf of one’s deepest values and to enrich one’s capacity to accomplish personal and professional goals.

The participants in the program will develop a distinct set of aptitudes which they will be able to demonstrate in the context of: a) accomplishments of the concrete tasks, b) working with and through other people, and c) evaluating oneself and adapting one’s behavior accordingly. This leadership development initiative is envisioned as journey, and not simply as a destination – it is a process and not merely an outcome.

Following a period of discussion, study and benchmarking, we are now ready to assemble a team to develop the curriculum of the Webster Global Leadership Academy. The curriculum team will refine the goals and objectives for the Webster Global Leadership Academy, outline the topics and format that focus participants on both a comprehensive and grounded understanding of Webster University in all its complexity as well as development of their own individual leadership strengths. They will also develop the means for assessing the academy’s success in terms of impact on individuals and the institution.

The curriculum team will consist a small yet diverse number of Webster faculty, staff, and administrators to be selected from those who self-nominate.

The first class of the Webster Global Leadership Academy will be welcomed in Fall 2011. Please visit the Global Leadership Academy site to learn more, and to self-nominate.

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