Leadership Washburn

Schedule and Session Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted, sessions start promptly at 8:30a.m. and end by 4:45p.m.  


Thursday, September 17 - Friday, September 18, 2015
(8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

This two day session introduces participants to each other, the program, and the University. As leaders at Washburn, it is important to have a solid understanding and appreciation of the University’s history, traditions, values, connections with the community, as well as institutional challenges and opportunities.


Strategic Leadership and Change

Friday, October 16, 2015

Facing the constant of change in complex environments, leaders are challenged to think and act strategically. This session explores a process of strategic planning and provides a model of problem solving to guide participants in their group project.  


Leadership in Higher Education

Friday, November 13, 2015

Increased calls for accountability, changing student demographics, funding cuts, and pressures to cap tuition are just some of the issues impacting faculty, staff, administrative and board leadership at virtually every public and private college and university. Regardless of one’s position at the University, it is essential to have a good understanding of the higher education system in Kansas, the current issues facing higher education, legislative politics and priorities, and their implications for Washburn. 


Project Work Session

Friday, December 4, 2015
(1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

An optional work session has been scheduled to facilitate and support efforts towards the Leadership Project Group. In addition to the group members and facilitators, other stakeholders and contributors may participate to support progress.


Leadership in Context

Friday, January 29, 2016

Understanding leadership in terms of self and the organization. Effective leadership requires an assessment of self as a leader in terms of life influences and future goals. It also requires an understanding of the systems in which the individual interacts and how one develops an adaptive leadership approach.


Communication for Leaders

Friday, February 26, 2016

Effective communication is critical to a leader’s success.  Communication is a complex pattern of behaviors that are based on multiple variables. This session will provide a framework for enhanced understanding of the types of communication used in the workplace, as well as helping you understand conflict and conflict strategies.


Leading a Culture of Innovation

Friday, March 25, 2016

Leadership and innovation are complementary concepts. And while the term “innovation” may not have been always been used, content and applications throughout the Leadership Washburn program reflect the importance and value of innovation for organizational excellence. This session explores the concept of innovation with a focus on strategies and applications to foster an organizational culture of innovation. 


Leadership in Action: Plans, Project, and Recognition

Friday, April 22, 2016

This final session is the culminating event whereby participants share their individual action plans, group project, and receive recognition.