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Volume 3, Issue 2

Leader, Know Thyself

By understanding their personal leadership characteristics, community college advancement professionals can improve their work performance, says a talent management expert.

Those who register to attend the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement will receive access to a personalized leadership assessment courtesy of Korn/Ferry International, an integrated talent management firm. The assessment will show conference registrants their top five leadership characteristics, potential hidden strengths, potential blind spots and problem areas. Before the conference, Korn/Ferry will compile and analyze the responses as a cohort.

During the conference's opening keynote session, Julie Staggs, managing principal in the Global Education Practice for Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, will present the results and discuss the collective strengths and weaknesses of the community college advancement professionals in attendance. She says that attendees should walk away from her presentation with a better understanding of how they fit, from a leadership perspective, into the advancement community.

"When you have limited time and resources, you want to spend them on the things that matter," adds Staggs, noting that the assessment will help conference attendees determine what professional development they need to improve their personal performance and that of their advancement operations.

Staggs also encourages those who complete the assessment to ask their colleagues to assess them as well—an option to share the survey instrument and seek feedback from others is available upon completion. This, she says, will help develop a more complete picture of the individual's leadership characteristics.

"Self-awareness is a key issue for people to think about in the workplace," she says. "Knowing what your skills are and having a plan around them is important. Leaders need to become more comfortable with this. They need to be better planners."

Please share your questions and comments with Marc Westenburg via email at or +1 202 478 5570.

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This article is from the August 2013 issue of the Community College Advancement News.