TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 3, 2012) – Two faculty members and one administrator at Tallahassee Community College recently completed the prestigious Chair Academy, a worldwide leadership development opportunity for post-secondary leaders.
Science professors Anthony Dribben and Anthony Jones and associate dean of curriculum Calandra Stringer recently completed the two-week practicum in Charlotte, N.C. The first week was held in November 2011. The trio returned to Charlotte last month for the second week of the Academy.
The Academy for Leadership and Development aims for transformational leadership and offers opportunities to acquire and understand major research and theoretical developments in leadership.
Close to 40 participants, each in varying levels of leadership at their respective institution, participated in the Academy. A facilitator guided conversations on topics such as time management, conflict management, team building, recognizing behavioral styles and strengths in others, embracing diversity in leadership, long-term vision, and personnel management.
The experience was a “real immersion into leadership,” according to Dribben, who added it touched on a lot of ideas learned through his participation in the College’s Leadership TCC Class IV in 2011-12.
Jones added one of his takeaways centered on the idea that leadership is not a position, but a behavior, an idea that aligns with TCC President Jim Murdaugh’s philosophy on leadership.
Stringer said the Chair Academy was a “great opportunity to learn about leadership and the necessary traits to becoming a great leader” and she looks forward to applying those strategies in her work at the College.