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K-State Today

January 31, 2012

Announcing the 2012 James R. Coffman Leadership Institute

By Sharon Breiner

Kansas State University presents the 2012 James R. Coffman Leadership Institute. This two-and-a-half day institute will offer faculty and unclassified staff a unique opportunity to refresh and enhance their leadership skills and knowledge. The Coffman Institute serves as a launching point for continuous leadership development, professional networking, and empowerment of Kansas State University professionals. The institute will be hosted at the Leadership Lounge of the Rock Springs 4-H Center from Aug. 8-10.

Purpose of the Institute

The three primary objectives of this institute are:

  1. Provide opportunity for participants to refresh and develop their leadership skills in a safe yet challenging learning environment.
  2. Provide an opportunity for networking and interdisciplinary cooperation for faculty and staff.
  3. Infuse Kansas State University with more empowered faculty and staff leaders.

Building relationships:

An essential key for leadership success in any organization is the ability to build good relationships with members of the organization. Institute participants will have the opportunity to explore and initiate collaborative projects and discuss leadership issues. They will also have the chance to strengthen current relationships and to build new ones with other professionals at Kansas State University.

Recognizing your leadership style:

The James R. Coffman Leadership Institute is based on the philosophy that every individual can be a successful leader. This success depends on learning leadership skills as well as recognition of one’s leadership style. Further refining of one’s leadership style, understanding it’s associated strengths and challenges as well as its impact on decision-making, conflict resolution, and problem-solving preferences will be a major focus of the institute.

Institute format:

The James R. Coffman Leadership Institute is a two-and-a-half day and two-night, in-residence experience. Learning activities are arranged to maximize participant learning and engage all learning styles. Topics may include: inclusive leadership, conflict resolution, change management, leadership style assessment, shared leadership, team building. Formats: workshops, panel discussions, small and large group activities, small group discussions, multimedia presentations, case studies, self assessments.

What to expect:

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a focused and in-depth adult learning experience aimed at leadership development. They will be offered knowledge and skill-based learning modules to engage them cognitively as well as behaviorally. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with other professionals who want to make a difference at Kansas State University. Conference activities will take place in a comfortable air-conditioned living/learning facility at Rock Springs Leadership Lodge. Participants will share spacious sleeping accommodations with individual beds and private baths.

Participate in the 2012 James R. Coffman Leadership Institute

More than 90 percent of past participants reported that workshops were extremely effective to effective.

“My expectations were pretty high, and you managed to surpass them.”

“Both the community building and leadership goals were definitely met.”

“Very effective…well organized, meaningful sessions and activities.”

“I found it inspiring on many levels.”

How to apply:

Contact deadline: March 1

Contact your dean, director or department head if you are interested in participating. Their nomination will serve as your application.

Nomination deadline: March 15

Deans, directors, and department heads submit email nominations to the School of Leadership Studies, Dorothy Smith at dorothy@k-state.edu. Email should include name, title, department, and email address of the individual(s) you wish to nominate.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Interested participant has submitted his or her name to your office for nomination to this institute.
  2. Nominee is available to attend the institute in its entirety including overnight stays.
  3. Nominee should be willing and able to share their learning with department and colleagues.
  4. Nominee is in good standing with the department.
  5. You may re-nominate individuals who did not receive an invitation to participate in previous James R. Coffman leadership Institutes.
  6. Please do not nominate individuals who have previously attended a James R. Coffman Leadership Institute.

Additional information:
For additional information please visit
or contact Sharon Breiner, School of Leadership Studies at 532-6915 or sbreiner@k-state.edu.

Campus Planning Committee:
Sharon Breiner, School of Leadership Studies
Al Cochran, Department of Music
Andrea Bryant Gladin, K-State Alumni Association
Susan Lannou, College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Gary Leitnaker, Division of Human Resources
Teresa Miller, College of Education
Mary Molt, College of Human Ecology
Tom Roberts, College of Engineering
Susan Scott, School of Leadership Studies
Dorothy Smith, School of Leadership Studies
Gayle Spencer, Student Life and Student Activities
Monica Strathman, School of Leadership Studies
Mary Tolar, School of Leadership Studies

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