Category Archives: PSEL

PSEL: Acknowledging “Ugly” Priorities

Conflicting Priorities A concept from Tim Ballet’s presentation on ethics was the idea of conflicting values and priorities and how they complicate thinking about what the “ethical approach” to a problem might be. For instance allowing an employee time off … Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman: Changing Leadership Styles

Way back in April, Maurie Kelly talked about different leadership styles, not so we can pick the one we want, but to understand better what makes sense in a given context. Dr. Kelly pointed out that a democratic leadership style … Continue reading

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Leadership Philosophy

As a leader, I will rely on the expertise of my team and colleagues but provide vision and direction to move us forward. I will strive to maintain calm in the face of chaos and communicate clearly in a sea … Continue reading

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PSEL: Be honest with yourself, but be kind too

In the PSEL program, we are being asked to assess ourselves, and in some ways, it’s one of the most challenging parts of the program. Examining my “dark side” is always a little scary. And honestly, who wants to admit … Continue reading

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PSEL: The Many Roles of Captain Mancuso

When I think about how leadership is taught, portrayals from fiction are probably very influential, for better or worse. An interesting case to me is Commander Mancuso from the submarine movie The Hunt for Red October. I think it’s a … Continue reading

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PSEL: Leading by Listening

Several incidents in recent months are making me realize that one of the challenges of leadership, particularly leading groups of motivated individuals, is knowing how to pull back and make sure everyone has a chance to contribute. I’ve been in … Continue reading

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PSEL: Leadership in Ferris Bueller

Over the weekend, I had a chance to see the 80’s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and I saw that it presented some alternative views of leadership. The classic duel between hipster/prankster Ferris vs. the dictatorial Vice-Principal Rooney is a … Continue reading

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PSEL: Welcome to the Team

The first “real” PSEL meeting happened yesterday and I admit I felt overwhelmed with detail. I’m more worried than ever about keeping track of the notebook. But I also recognize the assignments as probably being more typical of what people … Continue reading

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PSEL: How Should I Evolve?

In February 2016, I will be participating in the Penn State Emerging Leader program. Several people I respect have been through the program, so I am very honored to have been selected and am looking forward towards understanding what “leadership” … Continue reading

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