The Dynamic Leadership Institute (DLI) of WKU-O is a three phase program designed to teach participants interpersonal skills, leadership dynamics, and career/professional development strategies. The program strives to enhance self-awareness regarding personal strengths and weaknesses; to create a better understanding of leadership and influence; to develop stronger leadership and interpersonal skills; and to sharpen participants’ professional skills.
What is LEADERSHIP?
DLI defines leadership as the ability to influence others through of one’s personal power. Self-awareness, communication skills, emotion management, the ability to effectively work with others, effective decision making, leadership adaptability and problem solving represent some of the factors that influence one’s personal power.
PHASE 3 (four career and professional development components)
Best practices for resume development are covered, including: completion of a resume organizer or professional inventory, choosing the proper resume format, highlighting your strengths in relation to a position description, selection of references, and other technical tips.
Participants learn effective strategies for building a professional network, including: the “Why?”, “How?”, and “Where?” of networking, networking strategies for introverts, utilizing social media as a networking tool, developing an “elevator” pitch, and the art of making introductions. Participants conduct an interview with a community leader for the purpose of practicing their professional skills and building a professional network.
Included in this session is an overview of interview preparation and best practices, including: research and preparation, appropriate dress, behaviors that are desired and ones that deter from the interview, the value of interview follow-up. Participants learn how to prepare for one-on-one and panel interviews formats through “hands-on” experience.
Professional Growth Plan
Participants utilize assessments and exercises to develop a professional growth plan based on the strengths and weaknesses identified in previous sessions.