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Centers for Disease Control selects FIU’s Center for Leadership for executive development.

CFL’s Dr. Nathan Hiller conducts two-day program at CDC, Atlanta.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) selected the Center for Leadership (The Center) at Florida International University (FIU) to design and deliver a “Maximizing Your Leadership Impact” program for a select group of managers within the CDC. The program was facilitated in December 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia by Dr. Nathan Hiller, Academic Director for The Center, and Associate Professor of Management and International Business in the College of Business, FIU.

“We were pleased that the CDC chose our proposal,” says Dr. Hiller. “The research and information gathering we have done on leadership is broadly applicable across many industries and domains so it was well received at the CDC.”

Dr. Hiller used several of the Center’s well-tested modules on leadership as he constructed the program for the CDC managers. Modules focused on building and leveraging personal competencies in order to be a more effective leader, while examining the common but often overlooked mistakes leaders make in leading teams. As with all such programs offered by The Center, there was a strong focus on actionable steps- things that participants can immediately start doing differently on returning to work.

Because participants included epidemiologists and other scientists as well as more traditional managers, Dr. Hiller made some slight modifications to the CFL programs. “I included more information than I usually do about the specific research that backs up our modules,” he comments. “I knew these participants would be interested.”

“Part of the mission of our Center for Leadership is to deliver our research and findings to groups outside of the university,” reports Dr. Hiller. “The managers at the CDC were a smart, engaged group of people who were eager to learn how to become even more effective in their leadership roles.”

“Part of the mission of our Center for Leadership is to deliver our research and findings to groups outside of the university”

The Center is occasionally asked to develop custom programs that leverages material from their open enrollment leadership development programs. All Center programs aim to help leaders understand the impact of their own inherent characteristics, and to learn and practice developable skills consistent with effective leadership.