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New research finds leadership training contributes to more engaged workforce at nonprofit organizations

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Third Floor Research—the research partnership between the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies—has released its first report which investigated the influence that a leadership development program had on employee leadership behaviors and organizational outcomes in a nonprofit organization.

The result: Widespread leadership development up and down the org chart contributes to a more engaged workforce in the nonprofit sector.

“From the front desk to the c-suite, it’s encouraging to see the difference leadership training can have on employees and the nonprofits where they work. With organizational missions expanding and workloads increasing throughout the sector, employees at all levels are taking on more, often with less support. These findings and recommendations can really make a difference on burnout across the board,” said Tim Steffensmeier, professor and director of the leadership communication doctoral program at the Staley School, and director of research at KLC.

Read more and view the full study here.

Save the date for Spirit of Leadership

Save the dates for the tenth annual Spirit of Leadership event hosted by the Staley School of Leadership Studies. The 2020 event will take place virtually during the week of Nov. 9, and will include leadership education webinars hosted by our faculty, alumni, community partners and friends from around the world.

These daily sessions will center around the critical conversations we are having as a university, society and world. As we celebrate the spirit of leadership, we will also engage in the spirit of giving during a time when students need leadership and support to continue the work of the Staley School.

On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., we will come together to close the week of celebration and connect with peers, classmates and mentors. Check our website and social media for session times and topics as we get closer to the date.

Also, to ensure you receive emails and mailed invitations, please update your contact information. We are looking forward to celebrating with all of you!

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Congratulations to the third Cargill Fellows cohort

The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, in partnership with Cargill, has selected 21 students as the third cohort of Cargill Fellows.

Cargill Fellows - cultivating leadershipThe Cargill Fellows program at K-State creates a supportive environment to prepare and empower students to exercise leadership in their communities and global workplaces. Fellows are students in the College of Agriculture, College of Business Administration and the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering with interest in professions that help nourish the world.

The program provides students with a yearlong leadership development experience and the preparation to begin their career with a unique advantage beyond their technical preparation. Their exposure to and practice with skills such as adapting to change, engaging in diverse environments, and critical thinking will cultivate professional competencies that will prepare them for a successful launch into the industry.

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Sign up to be a small group facilitator for Wildcat Dialogues

Wildcat Dialogues is an intercultural leadership experience designed for first-year students. Facilitators of the event will introduce tools students can use to engage in meaningful dialogues across difference and create communities of belonging at K-State. My story, your story, our story. Wildcat Dialogues.

The event will look a little different this year! Wildcat Dialogues will take place virtually via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Students will be placed in small groups of approximately 10 to engage in dialogue, led by a facilitator. We are looking for small group facilitators to guide groups. We need you to help first-year students connect with each other, share their stories, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

How can you join us? As a small group facilitator you will:

  • Guide students in a dialogue to help them develop skills in intercultural leadership
  • Actively contribute to the university in its mission to create a campus culture of belonging for all students
  • Develop your own ability to facilitate meaningful dialogue around difficult topics

All facilitators will receive training on intercultural learning and small group facilitation, as well as detailed information on the program and plan for Wildcat Dialogues at one of the following training sessions.

  • 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10
  • 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14
  • 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
  • 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

All facilitators will receive a Wildcat Dialogues T-shirt and face mask!

Are you ready to serve as a small group facilitator? Sign up by Friday, Sept. 11.

Have questions or want to know more? Reach out to us:
Tamara Bauer, Staley School of Leadership Studies, tamara@ksu.edu
Tess Hobson, Staley School of Leadership Studies, tess3@ksu.edu 

You can also check out the FAQs about the event here.

Wildcat Dialogues is coordinated by the Staley School of Leadership Studies in partnership with Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs and a large committee representing students, faculty and staff. This collaboration represents K-State’s commitment to create a culture of belonging for all in our community.

All first-year students: Join us Sept. 21 for Wildcat Dialogues

My story, your story, our story. Wildcat Dialogues.Are you in your first year at K-State? Join us for a K-State tradition: Wildcat Dialogues.

Mark your calendars for 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21! Wildcat Dialogues is an intercultural learning and leadership event designed for all first-year K-State students. This evening provides an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and building connections, as we work to create a community of belonging for all.

During Wildcat Dialogues, you will:

  • Learn how to create communities of belonging
  • Build cross-cultural relationships through meaningful dialogue
  • Engage in active listening, empathy and perspective-taking
  • Build a skillset to understand cultural differences and similarities

The event will take place virtually via Zoom, and you will be in groups of approximately ten students, led by a small group facilitator. Facilitators are trained students, faculty, staff and community members. Sign up to be a facilitator here.

RSVP for the event by Monday, Sept. 14 and receive a free Wildcat Dialogues face mask!

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