January 10, 2019
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
This quote from John F. Kennedy reflects the mission of a new program introduced at UTHealth in 2016 – the Leadership Institutes. Comprised of three programs, Women in Leadership Seminar Series, Emerging Leaders Institute, and the Executive Leadership Institute, they offer learning about leadership for everyone at UTHealth who seeks to enhance their leadership skills.
These leadership offerings are part of Human Resource’s Learning and Development curriculum, which is led by Dr. Julianne Cenac, director of learning and development, and Valerie Hainley, senior leadership development program manager. The programs originally were formed in response to The University of Texas System’s strategic priority of building leadership capacity among students, faculty, and staff and at the request of UTHealth President Giuseppe Colasurdo. According to recent data, 67 percent of leaders have not had any formal leadership development or coaching.
Women in Leadership Series
The medical school hosted the most recent Women in Leadership series with Dr. Karen Remley, who taught us how to “get out of the basement” and lead in a crisis. The next speaker will be Dr. Eden King, associate professor of industrial organizational psychology at Rice University, on Jan. 17. The website provides more information on the series as well as registration instructions. Even though the series is called Women in Leadership – the talks are open to everyone at UTHealth.
Emerging Leaders Institute
The Emerging Leaders Institute is a four-week program offered twice a year. Four classes have graduated, with an average graduating class size of about 30. The program is designed for newly promoted faculty or staff, or existing leaders at UTHealth who have not yet benefited from personal leadership development. The program teaches foundational leadership theory and principles.
Executive Leadership Institute
The Executive Leadership Institute spans over six weeks and is aimed at a more senior leaders at UTHealth, offering a personal leadership assessment and focusing on organizational culture and stress management. The group also learns about leadership presence, team dynamics, and leading with influence.
Employees may self-nominate to both institutes, and supervisor approval is required as there is a cost to the department. The next series for Emerging Leaders starts March 26, and the next cohort of Executive Leadership begins Jan. 22.
The leadership institutes provide an intensive experience to build self-awareness as you learn your personal leadership design. They also will help you further develop in the areas of organizational culture, organizational health, team leadership, emotional intelligence, leadership communication, executive presence, and leading change. In addition to the personal growth and career development, participants gain collaboration and networking opportunities as a result of these programs.
I encourage each of you to think how you as leaders engage your team and how you contribute to the mission and values of UTHealth. Continuous learning is something we instill in our young medical students, and it is something each of us should pursue in our daily work. I recommend you and your direct reports take advantage of this wonderful programming.
P.S. We lost a distinguished McGovern faculty member last week, Dr. Herbert Fred. Here is a link to a very wise essay he wrote on Old-Fashioned Doctors.