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AIC to Host Interactive Program on Leadership Skills

SPRINGFIELD — Leadership is a position, a perspective, and a process. In today’s fast-paced, global environment, leaders need to be equipped with proven tools and techniques for leading their organizations’ teams. Successful leaders are masterful in crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. Research shows there are proven best practices that leaders can develop.

“Essential Skills for 21st Century Leaders” is an executive briefing culminating six years of research into the drivers and best practices that support leadership success. It will be held at American International College (AIC) on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sprague Cultural Arts Center. The event is sponsored by the new AIC Master of Science in Leadership program and Leadership Pioneer Valley. This interactive session addresses real-world demands that face today’s leaders.

“Leaders need more than just vision. They need to be able to align people, processes, and projects with their organization’s mission. They then need to take action to make things happen. That’s the goal of this program,” said Dawn Sherman, director of the leadership program at AIC.

The briefing is designed for leaders in industry and organizations. Leadership faculty and students are also encouraged to attend. Participants will learn about their own leadership priorities, strengths, and blind spots.

According to Leadership Pioneer Valley Executive Director Lora Wondolowski, “with all the changes in our region and the world, leaders need to be forward-thinking, collaborative, and visionary. Leaders aren’t born; they’re educated. We are excited to be offering a program that provides critical insight and strategies for new and seasoned leaders.”

Leadership expert and team coach Ingrid Bredenberg will present the research results and facilitate interactive discovery and discussion. Bredenberg, who will serve as an adjunct professor in the MS in Leadership program at AIC, works in conjunction with Leadership Pioneer Valley and consults with business, healthcare, and government organizations around the country.

To register, contact Sherman at (413) 205-3106 or [email protected].

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