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Harvard leadership expert to speak Oct. 8

September 15, 2009

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Leadership expert Sharon Daloz Parks will lecture on "Calling Forth a New Kind of Leadership," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in SUB Ballroom A.

A graduate and former faculty member of Harvard University, Parks is the writer of leadership books and currently a senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute.

In her book, "Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World," Parks challenges traditional thought that maintains leadership skills are an innate gift with which only some are blessed. Parks is also the co-author of "Big Questions, Worthy Dreams and Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World."

While in Bozeman Parks will also conduct a workshop, "Embracing Uncertainty - Claiming a New Strength: The Art & Practice of Adaptive Leadership," from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, Oct.9, at the Holiday Inn. Participants will learn adaptive leadership techniques for creating change, how to understand the challenges in local communities, how to use both formal and informal authority, and how to read systems individuals work in and the role of partners, allies, and confidants in creating change. The workshop is open to the public, The cost of the workshop is $25, and registration materials are available through Hopa Mountain by calling 586-2455.

"Parks' view is that leaders are formed gradually, over time and through deliberate effort - not merely born with special traits," says Griffin Stevens, a MSU Leadership Institute staff member and one of the event organizers.

Parks MSU lecture is sponsored by Hopa Mountain, ASMSU, MSU Leadership Institute, MSU Office of the Provost, MSU Local Government Center, United Way and MSU Office of Community Involvement.

For lecture information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at 994-7667 or visit