GLA Explores Leadership and Webster Network Connections in Day 4

| March 13, 2015
GLA Day 4: Networking

A theme for day 4: Applying leadership to building and leveraging networks to solve problems.

After spending the first three days of their first weeklong gathering exploring the nature of leadership and the ins and outs of the Webster University network, the 2015 cohort of the Global Leadership Academy spent Day 4 examining how those leadership concepts and the network itself are in action at Webster University.

Jeff Haldeman, associate professor of Management and a 2012 GLA fellow, began the day presenting “The Quiet Revolution,” applying leadership development theory to personal, professional, and organizational advancement. “Leadership resides within the network,” he said, emphasizing concepts that segued into the second presentation of the morning.

Mary Preuss, assistant professor of Biological Sciences and a 2012 GLA fellow, introduced the language and theories of networks and the importance of networks to effective organizations.  She said, “The people – that is where the strength [of an organization] is.”

Global Leadership Academy - Network connections

Preuss, Haldeman and Palmore helped the fellows identify connections within their network and using those connections to solve problems.

Haldeman, Preuss, and GLA co-director Erik Palmore led the fellows through a workshop on identifying connections within their network and using those connections to solve problems.

Laura Rein, dean of University Libraries and director of the GLA, led sessions throughout the afternoon on different leadership assessments such as Strengths Finder, Bohlman and Deal’s Four Frames of Leadership. The fellows explored these models through a cultural lens and as they apply to team-building.

The fellows joined the members of the Global Student Leadership Summit for dinner and an evening presentation.

John Buck, associate dean of Students and a 2014 GLA fellow, explained the WebsterLEADS program for the GLA fellows before presentations from three St. Louis-based WebsterLEADS students about a leader they admire and the leadership model they created based on that person.

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