Workshop Defines, Teaches Transferable Leadership Tools

Published on July 15, 2008
Assistant dean for undergraduate business programs Frank Kelley engages Houston high school students in a discussion about leadership in the Management Leadership for Tomorrow workshop held at Bauer College.

Assistant dean for undergraduate business programs Frank Kelley engages Houston high school students in a discussion about leadership in the Management Leadership for Tomorrow workshop held at Bauer College.

The UH C. T. Bauer College of Business teamed up this summer with a nonprofit organization that seeks to develop minority high school students for leadership positions in corporations, nonprofits and entrepreneurial ventures.

Representatives from Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) worked with staff and faculty in the Bauer Undergraduate Business Programs Office to teach 56 students from local area high schools skills needed to be an effective leader.

Through several exercises, students learned about the importance of good communication skills to help solve problems. “In life, whether you are leading or following, it’s impossible for you to know exactly what the other person is saying,” said Patricia Hayling Price, MLT director of the career advancement program.

Students learned that to obtain detailed answers, one had to ask a lot of questions to understand what his or her partner was trying to describe. “Leaders are problem solvers,” Hayling Price added. “Leaders are willing to tackle problems.”

While students learned about deciphering others’ meanings through questions and the answers given, they also learned to question themselves to find out what kind of career they want to pursue in the future.

Frank Kelley, assistant dean of Bauer’s Undergraduate Business Programs, told students that when exploring choices, be it for college or career, they should take the time to do some self-reflecting to learn about their interests, talents and values.

“Your parents may want you to be one thing,” he said. “But those aren’t always the best reasons.”

Business Student Activities Advisor Stephanie Williams, who led one of the workshops, asked students questions regarding individual preferences in learning and leading to help identify one’s strengths.

“Figure out how to leverage those strengths to your advantage,” she told students. She added that people working together in a group can achieve things because different personalities can give diverse view points to find solutions to a problem.

“Students learn what they do best, then build their lives on those talents,” Williams said. The questions were meant to identify an individual’s strengths, which can benefit anyone, she explained.

“Hopefully, (the students) learned a little about themselves and how to explain their talents, strengths and skills to others,” she said. “Our goal was to help them realize that they have all the tools to be successful.”

MLT partnered with Bauer for a second time in hosting one of the eight workshops taught year round for high school seniors. “Our program is nationally focused on senior business leadership, so it made sense for us to work with one of the largest undergraduate business programs in Houston,” said Ronethea Williams, program and communications coordinator for Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

“Hopefully, students will feel confident that they have the tools necessary to succeed during the college application process, be renewed leaders on their campuses and return to Houston as civic and career trailblazers,” she added.

By Mayra Cruz

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.

About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

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