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Staley School of Leadership Studies
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Announcing the 2020 James R. Coffman Leadership Institute: Empowered Individuals, Enhanced Institutions

Kansas State University | Aug. 12-14, 2020

Kansas State University proudly presents the 2020 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.

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 its 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 experience with some evening sessions. 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, and team building. Formats: workshops, panel discussions, small and large group activities, small group discussions, presentations, case studies, and 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 at K-State’s Manhattan campus and in the local Manhattan community. As a feature of the retreat, participants will get to experience and interact with different parts of the campus and community.

How to apply

This year the Coffman Leadership Institute will accept nominations in a new format. Interested individuals may self-nominate or a nomination can be submitted by a dean, director, or department head. In the case of a self-nomination, the nominee’s dean, director or department head will be asked to confirm support of the nominee. All nominations can be completed via the 2020 James R. Coffman Leadership Institution nomination form.

The nomination deadline is Friday, March 13.

Before submitting a nomination, all applicants should be available to attend the institute in its entirety and be in good standing with his/her department. Please do not self-nominate or nominate individuals who have previously attended a James R. Coffman Leadership Institute.

For additional information, contact Trisha Gott in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at tcgott@k-state.edu or Shanna Legleiter with Human Capital Services at legleiters@k-state.edu.


Institute Evaluation Results:

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


“It was so empowering and an honor to attend.”



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



"Overall, the Institute helped to refocus me on my work and why I am at K-State. I plan to use a renewed focus and energy in my work."



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



Throughout the institute I was taking notes, writing down wisdom and things to remember from the presenters and panelists. I've taken three of those nuggets of information and am trying to incorporate them into how I interact with others both personally and professionally. Overall, I think it was really a long opportunity for reflection and meditation on myself and my skills, and how I choose to use incorporate those skills into the environment that I want to foster.” 



The Coffman Leadership Institute is a great way to learn about your personal leadership abilities. It's also a lot of fun. You get to know people from all over the university and beyond.

–Susan Wolf Berhow, K-State Foundation




For me the best thing about the Coffman Leadership Institute was that it led me to thoughtfully consider my leadership strengths and weaknesses and just what kind of leader I want to be. It is rare that one can find time to do that in the course of completing their everyday job responsibilities.”

–Kevin Gwinner, Department of Marketing




View past participants.