Algoma District School Board participants take part in
Ivey Leadership Series focused on building effective leadership
In November (2016) Frank Palumbo, Principal at Tarentorus PS, Kristen Viita, Principal of Central
Algoma JK-6 School, and Maurice Dugas, Principal at Parkland PS recently shared an
overview on an executive leadership session they recently attended in Toronto
with other ADSB colleagues.
This was a
rigorous two day executive development session for supervisory officers and
Principals/Vice-Principals to explore the impact leadership has on
relationships in the workplace.
Participants were required to be highly engaged throughout the entire
two days – a total of 20 hours - of intensive activities geared to enhancing
effective leadership potential.
developed their leadership skills by refining their conflict resolution
strategies through a series of case studies related to the business world. Administrators were given opportunities to
grow as leaders, specifically identifying their own strengths and needs when
faced with stressful situations. The session focused on independent, pair and
large group activities centered on addressing conflict and building relationships,
collaboration, teamwork and synergy and multiparty negotiation.
Kristen Viita came away from the leadership training with a better
understanding of how our decisions and actions will change depending upon the
nature of the situation, for instance leadership styles and reactions will
differ if and when a person is feeling comfortable and competent as opposed to
feeling stressed and uncomfortable. “It was a good challenge for me to
recognize areas that I can continue to grow as a leader. In particular
taking advantage of opportunities presented that involve working outside of my
comfort zone in order to improve my skills in becoming a more effective
Participates will attend a second session in the new year called
“Leadership Re-Set: Stop Winding the Same Old Watch” at which they will examine
cutting edge organizations that thrive in more competitive contexts and from
that develop a stronger understanding of team work and tapping into individual
team members’ strengths. A third session will be held in March titled “Effective
Leaders – Effective Decisions.”