The Emerging Leaders program is a professional development program for young leaders in public service careers. The program is suitable for professionals in the nonprofit sector, education, or state and local government who want to improve their leadership skills. The program includes a three-day in-residence program with other professionals. Students participate in leadership self assessment, professional development planning, and dynamic workshops. Students gain a better understanding of their leadership skills and the challenges of nonprofit management, and receive support to improve their leadership capabilities.
The Bush School's namesake, George Bush, 41st president of the United States, believed in the nobility of public service, which is the cornerstone of all aspects of the Bush School student experience. Dedicated to developing leaders in their field, the School offers the Master of Public Service and Administration and the Master's Program in International Affairs, as well as graduate Certificates in Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, China Studies, National Security Affairs, and Nonprofit Management.
This session discusses the key features of leadership in public service organization. Using a competency-based model of the organization, Dr. Brown distills some important activities and attitudes of public service leaders. This conversation focuses on functions and activities of executive leaders, but individuals at all levels of the organization benefit from learning and appreciating priorities for effective strategic leadership. This session proposes objectives for participants to make individual leadership development goals. Participants are encouraged to consider the extent to which they possess these competencies as well as which areas are logical "next steps" in their personal leadership development.
The MBTI is the most widely utilized personality inventory in the world and provides a picture of a person's personality type. After completing a brief assessment, your personality will be divided into four different elements. These four elements are the main aspects of the Myers Briggs personality type model. Combinations of your preferences result in sixteen personality types. The purpose of this session will be for participants to gain a greater understanding and awareness of their individual type and how that influences how they communicate and work in teams.
This highly interactive session blends discussion and small group work to help participants overcome barriers to learning. Many professionals find it difficult to accurately interpret work and life challenges as learning opportunities. The session instructs participants on the difference between single and double loop learning processes. Far too many professionals find themselves on self-fulfilling, non-productive thought processes that do not address the root of learning barriers in the workplace. This session will provide the tools and methods to gain insights from day-to-day work challenges.
Can you imagine what the world would look like if we spent more time focusing on what we are naturally good at instead of trying to fix everything that's wrong? Over fifty years ago, Dr. Don Clifton began researching a new area in psychology called positive psychology. The focus of positive psychology is on identifying and developing areas of strength and talent. From the beginning, the Gallup Organization was leading the way in research and application of the strengths philosophy, which eventually led to the development of the StrengthsQuest online assessment. Based on your input, you are provided a listing with your top five areas of talent (from a total of thirty-four signature themes). Once you learn about your individual areas of talent, you can begin working to develop them into strengths. This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of the theory and will expose you to a variety of interactive activities and reflection exercises to help you understand your strengths.
This workshop introduces participants to the Bush School's Individual Leadership Plan. Development planning is a process of learning through self-study, self and social awareness, and experience. A structured development plan can jump-start your momentum for personal development by establishing your personal vision statement and designing an action plan for achieving your professional goals. The Bush School's Individual Leadership Plan (ILP) is an ongoing action plan, a pathway, to facilitate your professional development. In the planning session, you will reflect on who you are and envision who you want to become. You will complete a personal vision statement, identify your core values, and define leadership goals in the four competency areas for professional development - your knowledge, skills, attributes, and values. The workshop will assist you in initiating development and action plans that guide you to move from your current reality to the achievement of your development goals.
Holly J. Kasperbauer joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University as assistant director of the Public Service Leadership Program in February 2012. Her passion for leadership comes from her background and personal experiences, including leadership-related curriculum development, workshop facilitation, and teaching.
Ms. Kasperbauer is a native of Iowa and received her BS in agricultural education and a minor in horticulture from Iowa State University and her MS in agricultural education from the Department of Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M. She is currently finishing her PhD at Virginia Tech, where she is studying college student leadership development and critical thinking in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. Prior to working on her PhD, Kasperbauer taught high school agriculture and worked in curriculum development for an agricultural nonprofit organization. She has taught several courses that included topics on leadership theory, team development, leadership and popular culture, and oral communication.
At the Bush School, Ms. Kasperbauer works with faculty and staff to inspire students to become principled leaders and encourage them to identify and use strategies to continue developing their leadership identity. This is accomplished through the use of workshops, leadership assessment facilitation, and individual coaching sessions. Kasperbauer provides the students at the Bush School with opportunities to reflect on their personal values and assess their leadership attributes, knowledge, and skills to become more self-aware as they set goals for personal development. Kasperbauer is certified in both StrengthsQuest and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
In August 2001, Joe Cerami joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, teaching National Security Studies in the Master's Program in International Affairs. He was appointed as the founding director of the Bush School's Public Service Leadership Program in 2002.
During a thirty-year military career, Colonel Cerami (US Army, Ret.) served in Germany, the Republic of Korea, and the United States as a Field Artillery officer, operational planner, and strategist. His last assignment was chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also taught on the faculty at West Point.
Joe completed his doctoral studies at Penn State University's School of Public Affairs. He has a BS in engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point. He holds a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School Program for Senior Officials in National Security. He earned an MA in government from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MMAS in military history from the US Army Command and General Staff College. Joe is a graduate of the US Army War College. His latest book is Leadership and Policy Innovations-From Clinton to Bush: Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, published by Routledge in 2013. He is the co-editor of The Army War College Guide to Strategy (2001), The Interagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare (2007), Rethinking Leadership and "Whole of Government" National Security Reform (2010), and Preparing for a Mid-Term Assessment of Leadership and National Security Reform in the Obama Administration (2011) -- all published by the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.
Joe currently serves as the vice-chair of the nonprofit Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network and is on the Board of the Bryan Rotary Club.
William A. Brown is an Associate Professor in the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University and serves as the Program Director for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management. He teaches graduate courses in Program Evaluation and Nonprofit Management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northeastern University with a concentration in Human Services. He earned his Masters and Doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Organizational Psychology. Prior to joining Texas A&M University he was an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University where he worked as the program coordinator of their certificate in nonprofit management and leadership and was an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership & Management.
Dr. Brown has worked with numerous organizations in the direct provision of services, consulting, and board governance. Recent projects include consulting with Big Brothers Big Sisters on their evaluation initiatives and working with the Filene Research Institute on the role of the board during mergers and acquisitions. Other clients include BoardSource, William Smith Institute for Association Research, Red Cross and the YMCA. He currently serves on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
Dr. Brown's research focuses on nonprofit governance and organizational effectiveness. Recent research has explored the role of the board in community foundations and incentives for participation by board members. He has authored or co-authored over 15 research journal articles, numerous technical reports, and several practice oriented publications. Presentation outlets include over 20 national research conference presentations, regional and national professional training workshops. His work is published in various outlets including International Journal of Volunteer Administration, Public Performance and Management Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Management & Leadership.
Dr. Domonic A. Bearfield, assistant professor, came to the Bush School in 2005 from the University of New Hampshire, where he served as an assistant professor. With a PhD in public administration from Rutgers-Newark, his research is focused on improving the understanding of public sector patronage, ethics, and public management. Having published numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Bearfield's work has appeared in Public Performance and Management Review and Public Management Case Studies: A Global Perspective. He currently serves as the American Political Science Association's newsletter editor for the public administration section.
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