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Message from the Executive Director   Featured Leader

Dear Friends,

We at the Center for Leadership are excited that the past three months have been a whirlwind of firsts. In December we hosted Bob Knowling who gave an inspiring talk on his new book You Can Get There From Here: My Journey from Struggle to Success.

In January we hosted over 70 Miami leaders at the inaugural Miami Leadership Summit, which was anchored by The Miami Case (a case study of 21st century Miami-Dade), the first case written and published by the Center for Leadership, staff, and faculty. Additionally, we hosted the first-ever teach-in, The Trouble at Hamilton State, which focused on leadership, ethics, and values and finished the month with an intense, custom-tailored, one-day workshop for Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez and his five Deputy Mayors.

February saw the first of the 2012 Leadership Lectures beginning with Mary Gentile's inspirational lecture Giving Voice to Values, followed by Professor Nicol Rae speaking on Presidential Election Campaigns and Presidential Leadership: The Myth of the Mandate. Additionally, a full-length article written by myself and Professor Nathan Hiller was submitted to the Harvard Business Review, our first.

As always, I thank you for your continued support of the Center and look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming events.

Modesto "Mitch" Maidique
Executive Director


Robert E. "Bob" Knowling

Mr. Knowling shares his insights on the keys to strong leadership.

A telecommunications leader and motivational writer shares his thoughts on leadership.

An effective leader:
... establishes the vision. "You have to set a vision of success for the group you are in charge of, whether it's a team of three or an entire company. An organization without a vision, without an aspiration, is certainly doomed to fail." Continue Reading
In the News   Spring 2012 Programs
Miami-Dade County officials participate in intense one-day leadership program at FIU.

Imagine a meeting of busy government officials where everyone arrived on time, came prepared, weren't checking their electronic devices constantly, participated enthusiastically, stayed for the entire all-day event - and best of all, left with substantial new knowledge... Continue Reading

What are the top five strengths women executives have? You might be surprised.

Are you the type of person who loves learning, whether it's devouring the latest bestseller on memory techniques or something as simple as mastering rules to a new game? Do you have a knack for relating well to the people in your life, everybody from co-workers to... Continue Reading

What can FIU learn from the Penn State sex abuse case?

President Emeritus Modesto A. Maidique led the university community in a discussion about leadership, values and ethical issues raised by the Penn State scandal. "This is a case of a distorted culture that has wrapped itself around a football team," said President... Continue Reading

Leadership lecture series kicks off Feb.8

The Center for Leadership will launch its Leadership lecture series Feb. 8 with a presentation by Mary C. Gentile, a pioneer in business ethics. Gentile's lecture, "The 'How' of Business Ethics" will address the questions: "What if I were going to act on my values? What would... Continue Reading


  On the Web

The Myth of the Narcissistic Leader
by Dr. Nathan Hiller


The Connectome
by Sebastian Seung

Featured Program: Women on the Move   Reconnect with FIU!

Now offered only annually, this highly successful program exclusively for women executives, has graduated over 200 women leaders from across the USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Women on the Move is grounded in empirical leadership research, and based on our contemporary leadership competency model. The response has been overwhelming largely due to the unique approach of leveraging individual strengths rather than weaknesses, as well as discussions and topics specific to the professional development of women executives. Companies represented in the past have included VISA, Inc, Baptist Health South Florida, FedEx, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Odebrecht, Preferred Care Partners, Wal-Mart, Hewlett Packard, Ocean Bank, US Southern Command and Lagos State Government Nigeria. Continue Reading


"Be a part of a community that educates, participates and engages with your fellow alumni and current students. This is what it means to be a member of the FIU Alumni Association. Join Now!

Participants Point of View   Quarterly Quote

"Overall this program helped me take a step back and think about the key areas of leadership that I need to focus on and put into perspective. With a busy schedule, it is very hard to work on skills and make necessary changes. This program offered great tools to make me reflect on the key issues I need to focus on and develop."

Renata Pinheiro, Women on the Move 2010
Marketing Manager
Odebrecht Construction


"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

- John Quincy Adams


"The best part of the program for me which will benefit my organization is that it has not only given me the ability to recognize what I want to do, but it has given me the tools to actually achieve what I want to accomplish for my organization."

Laurie Crocker, Women on the Move 2009
Associate General Counsel
Wal- Mart Canada Corp.


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