Leadership Skills for to meet the Challenge of Change 

The classes are based on Dr. Arlene Blum's experiences in leading scientific research teams and Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, as well as current research on leadership and team development. Her memorable stories of leadership in dramatic situations illustrate the power of clear vision and effective interpersonal skills.

Participants use hands-on activities, case studies, and their own experience to define their values and vision for the future. The activities and group problem solving lead to the formation of an energized and united team. Participants return to their workplace highly motivated and with an action plan to use their new skills and to implement their vision.

  • Introductory Activity
  • Introduction of participants and their own leadership goals
  • Changing models of leadership
  • --Command-control to participatory leadership
  • --External to internal motivation
  • --Pyramid to "web" structure
  • Group members’ "Mt. Everest" leadership experiences
  • Introduction to the Skills of Outstanding Leaders
  • Challenge the Status Quo
  • --Seek opportunities to inspire
  • --Discover the value of change
  • --Convert setbacks and failures into opportunities
  • Inspire a Shared Vision in Your team
  • --Clarify personal vision
  • --Inspire colleagues to share this vision
  • Model Your Values with Your Actions
  • --The importance of honesty
  • --Participants' own core values
  • Lunch
  • Empower and Encourage Your Team
  • --Active listening
  • --Build strong teams through trust and cooperation
  • --How many traditional reward-and-incentive systems don't work
  • --Why intrinsic motivation is critical
  • Participate in outdoor initiatives designed to practice leadership skills and to build teamwork and trust with in the group

  • “Climbing your Own Everests” Inspirational slide lecture by Arlene Blum

  • Future Ascents--Celebrating our Accomplishments

  • --Make individual commitments to implement new leadership practices
  • Closing activities

Mt. Everest (29,002 feet)