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PLU leadership training takes
By Drew Brown, Editor
Susan Mann conducting the Leadership
Becoming a leader is not as easy
as it looks. Imagine being thrust into a leadership position for
the first time like Sue Mkrtichian, who was recently promoted
to Director of Student Health Services at PLU.
“I had no idea of the many things
I would need to handle,” Mkrtichian said. “I was overwhelmed.”
Luckily for Mkrtichian, PLU has recently created a program that
has perfectly fit her challenges as a new leader.
PLU President Loren J. Anderson called
on Susan Mann, Director of Human Resource Services, to develop
a leadership program. Anderson felt PLU needed to create a larger
and even more skilled pool of campus leaders.
The Leadership Seminar that Mann
helped create includes a mix of 16 faculty and administrator participants
from all areas of PLU. The objectives are simple: support the
university’s cultural shift, refine talents, enhance leadership
and interpersonal skills and improve knowledge of policies.
“PLU has changed a lot in the last
decades, and so has the culture,” Mann said. “Very few universities
have an opportunity to develop a program like this.”
Some of the main topics this year
have been: Principles for a Collaborative Workplace, Giving and
Receiving Constructive Feedback, Personal Strategies for Navigating
Change, The Multicultural Work and Learning Environment, Influencing
for Win-Win Outcomes, and Coaching: Bringing Out the Best in Others.
The thread that weaves through all
seminars is collaboration. Mann believes that one of the real
values of the Seminar is the opportunity for people to come together
from different areas, develop deeper relationships, share ideas
and solve problems together.
“For the university to spend its
resources this way feels very supportive and encouraging,” Mkrtichian
said. “I like knowing peers across campus, people I might not
otherwise meet. This cross section will help me get things done.
The subjects have been very practical and we have had ample opportunities
to practice our new skills. I am very impressed.”
Faculty and administrators who are
interested in nominating themselves or others to participate in
the Leadership Seminar in the future are encouraged to contact