2014 Art of Leadership Conference

Welcome to the Art of Leadership Conference registration page!  



Hello! We have reached our cap on registrants for this year’s Art of Leadership Conference. When you register, you will be placed on our waiting list. We encourage you to come to the MU on February 15th beginning at 10:50 to fill any slots left unclaimed by registrants. Thank you!

On this page, you will find the descriptions of the breakout sessions of the day. The design thinking session, called Design Process in Everyday Life, has been allotted 2 hours in order to offer some instruction, but mostly hands-on practice in finding solutions.  These spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hilary Hall (hilary.hall@oregonstate.edu).  Please remember to contact this e-mail address if your schedule is disrupted and you can no longer attend the conference after you’ve registered so that we may offer your spot to a potential participant on the waiting list.

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Break Out Session Descriptions:

How do you Roll? Exploring Your Personal Leadership Wheel

This session will explore eight individual leadership factors: communication, confidence, decision making, determination, empathy, empowerment efficacy, impact, and integrity. Using a leadership assessment, participants will create a personal leadership wheel which identifies their strengths (bubbles) and weaknesses (flats) in the eight individual leadership factors. Participants will then analyze their personal leadership wheels for opportunities to capitalize on their strengths and develop their weaknesses. Through this process participants will gain valuable insight into their personal leadership style, identify ways to take advantage of their personal leadership strengths, and develop action items to “round-out” their leadership.

Here’s Looking at You: Understanding Leadership through Your Identities

Ever wonder what makes you a leader? The answer lies in your intersecting identities, and how they have shaped your perspective on the world and your communities. How does your role as daughter, agnostic, first-generation student, veteran or multiracial individual impact your leadership? This presentation will go into detail about knowing your own leadership style by examining these identities and more. This presentation is designed to be interactive through an identity wheel activity and group discussions. This presentation will touch upon topics related to multicultural awareness and leadership styles. The purpose of this presentation is to identify students’ own salient identities and how they shape their own leadership style.

From Good to Great: Becoming a Level 5 Leader

Drawing from Jim Collins' book, "Good to Great," participants in this workshop will investigate the characteristics of what Collins calls "Level 5 Leaders." Based on his research of 11 companies over 5 years, Collins and his colleagues found that personal humility and professional will were the two defining characteristics of leaders who transformed their companies from good to great. “Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, shy and fearless” states Collins (2001, p. 4). He also states “Our discovery of Level 5 leadership is counterintuitive. Indeed, it is countercultural. People generally assume that transforming companies from good to great requires larger-than life leaders—big personalities like Lee Iacocca, Al Dunlap, Jack Welch, and Stanley Gault, who make headlines and become celebrities” (Collins, 2001, p. 2). In this session students will be able discuss the generalizations and assumptions around leadership characteristics, and will be able to reflect on their own. Additionally they will have a chance to outline concrete strategies to strive towards Level 5 Leadership. Through discussion and self-reflection, participants will be able to apply Level 5 Leadership strategies to their own leadership roles, both on campus and beyond.

Examining and imagining the new world leaders – today’s college students

In this session, presenters Tim McMahon and Don Johnson will lead a discussion focused on the skills and talents possessed by today’s college age generation, and how these skills and talents will help address the future needs of society. Observations from an older generation will be shared and compared with input from the session participants. 

Gen Now: Leadership in a Multi-Generational Age

You’ve likely heard about the challenges presented by the multi-generational workforce.  You get it.  The generations are wired differently, they work differently, and organizations have to adapt.  Despite considerable anecdotal evidence suggesting that the different generations’ mindsets and approaches to work are worlds apart, this session seeks to explore the commonalities that exist between us.  As emerging leaders, it’s imperative we examine how we “show up” amidst our differences and strive towards collaboration, shared visioning, and effective teamwork within a multi-generational context.  If we can adapt our mindsets and processes to embrace genuine integration of the learning and leadership styles of Baby Boomers, Gen Xs and Gen Ys, we will bolster our success—and resilience—in this changing world.  This interactive session will be geared towards conversation and dialogue amongst participants.

The Leadership Challenge 2.0

Have you served in a leadership position for one year or more while in college? Have you participated in The Leadership Challenge through UHDS at OSU? This session is for students who have had experience leading others in a student leadership role and would like to freshen up their skill set. We will discuss your personal leadership style and the most effective methods for advising, leading, and serving others who have a variety of strengths and needs. This is a teach-the-teacher session – bring your stories of accomplishments and challenges to the room so we can learn how to be better leaders together. This session is based off the book The Student Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

Leadership and You

Every individual has the potential to positively impact others; whether it is to serve, collaborate, or better the community. In this thought-provoking session, we will explore various leadership models and philosophies to help you identify your purpose and values as someone who leads.

Process Design in Everyday Life

What is Process Design?  We design processes in our everyday lives to solve problems.  The Design Process  is taking a problem from everyday life and solving it, or changing the conditions that cause the problem to stop causing the problem.  The result may be what we expected, or something completely different, depending on the care we take in designing our problem-solving process.

We will look at the design process from the perspective of professional problem solvers in the manufacturing and construction industries.


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