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Leadership Scholars Focus on Personal Development, Application

The Leadership Institute scholars gathered for their second face-to-face session, focusing on personal leadership development and putting leadership principles in practice using real-life cases.

The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute scholars gathered in Seattle, Washington to focus on personal leadership development and putting principles into practice.

January 24, 2013

The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute scholars gathered in Seattle, Washington, January 8–10 for their second face-to-face session, focusing on personal leadership development and putting leadership principles into practice using real-life cases.

For the first activity, Ed Walker, MD, MHA, walked the Leadership Institute scholars through an exercise to help determine their natural leadership tendencies—identifying themselves as a driver, expressive, analytical, or amiable style leader. Later in the session, the scholars learned how to devise their own leadership development plan and received one-on-one coaching, with the help of Leadership Institute Coordinator Trish Neiworth, MA Ed.

“I really appreciated the one-on-one coaching and personalized resources that were made available to us,” said Leadership Institute scholar Diane Markus, Division Director of Southwest District Health in Caldwell, Idaho. Other scholars echoed these sentiments, though some also expressed the challenge of writing a career plan to map their professional journey for the next few years. “We don’t often have time in our busy lives to sit down and think about the answers to these questions; it is a good opportunity for reflection,” another scholar added.

The session concluded with Leadership Institute teams working on another real-life case, designed to help them apply the principles they had learned. Mentors Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA; Jack Thompson, MSW; and Ian Painter, PhD, MSc worked with the individual teams. The Institute adopted a problem-based learning model last year; this hands-on approach has garnered positive feedback from past scholars thus far.

The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute brings public health practitioners together who are currently in leadership roles or are aspiring leaders in their organizations to help more fully develop their capacity as leaders. The Institute runs from August to April each year. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013–14 cohort.

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