Lowery Institute Servant Leadership Series

The Lowery Institute’s Servant Leadership Series is a four week, 8-hour training program for those Change Agents who want to take the development of their leadership skills to the next level. Our focus is to create servant leaders whose work will seek to serve the common good. Participants leave the program with real world, professional skills and an understanding of the responsibilities of leadership, as well as, the challenges associated with the follower role. Sessions are led by leaders in the fields of politics, economics, social justice, and business.

Programmatic Goals

By the end of the Leadership Program, participants will:

  1. Know how to project the positive professional image of a leader.
  2. Be able to function at a level of emotional intelligence that gives them the perspective needed to make informed, intelligent business decisions.
  3. Know methods for approaching the first day, week, month and year of leadership and be able to mobilize others to support their agenda.
  4. Develop strategies to effectively align their time with their priorities

Essential Leadership Questions

  • What does it take to be a servant leader? 
  • Why is servant leadership for the “common good” important? 
  • What are the conditions servant leaders create to drive successful teams?
  • What do servant leaders talk about?
  • What is your servant leadership image?
  • How can you build your influence and power?
  • How can you develop key relationships?
  • How should you handle organizational politics?
  • How can you motivate people?

Spring 2018 Servant Leadership Series
February 10, 2018

Session 1 - "The Art of Difficult Dialogues"

This session is designed to give participants tools to be able to have critical conversations when the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions are strong. Many conversations can be challenging, frustrating, or even annoying; but not having them can have a huge negative impact on the quality of your personal and professional life.

Session 2 - "The Art of Interviewing"

This session is designed to give Change Agents the knowledge, skills and mindsets to prepare for an successful first / professional interview. You will learn key skills like how to research the organization your interviewing with, how to learn about the job your applying for, what to wear, how to answer questions, and more.

Session 3 - "The Art of Public Speaking"

This session is designed to give Change Agents the skills to master the art of public speaking. You will gain key skills in the act of performing a speech to a live audience. You will gain tips and strategies to deliberly structure a speech for three general purposes: to inform, to persuade and to entertain.

Session 4 - "The Art of Social Media and Networking"

This session is designed to give Change Agents the tools to master social media etiquette. It’s every individual’s choice to understand that decisions, good or bad, can have long term implications. The effects of social media are never more than a click away and everything you do can potentially be captured for the entire world to see. You will learn how to portray a positive image on various social media outlets.

Fall 2017 Servant Leadership Series
October 26 - November 16, 2017

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Session 1 - "Defining Servant Leadership"
Presenter: Dan Sims
October 26, 2017

This seminar is designed to teach participants that they can lead from where they are for the common good. Serving others prepares you to lead others. Servant leader as a description of a leadership style is one that puts the concerns of followers before their own needs. The actual use of the phrase in corporate and educational setting was applied in the 1970’s. It’s now well understood that servant leaders exist in all walks and professional fields. In a servant leadership culture, you earn by choice or example that if you want to be great, must serve others respectfully. Being “others-focused” instead of “self-focused”, living in a selfless manner and seeking to help others enriches your very existence daily.

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Session 2 - "The Divergent Edge"
Presenter: Rev. Olu Brown
November 2, 2017

This seminar is designed to help participants move from conventional and traditional thinking to “outside the-box” problem solving. This lesson explores a variety of strategies which will lead to innovative ideas and solutions. Participants will learn techniques that will enhance your ability to accomplish their professional and/or personal goals, objectives, and ultimate mission as a servant leader.

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Session 3 - "The Strategic Edge"
Presenter: Lolita Jackson
November 9, 2017

This seminar is designed to assist participants with developing a plan for your personal and professional life as a necessary requirement in becoming a successful servant leader. Planning, budgeting, and time management play a critical role in both arenas. Some would say, show me your bank account and your calendar, and I’ll tell you your priorities. In this seminar, you will gain the tools to forecast, set fiscal strategies, and prioritize responsibilities. 

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Session 4 - "The Organizational Edge"
Presenter: Judge Terrinee Gundy
November 16, 2017

This seminar is designed to teach meeting facilitating skills; methods for creating and circulating an agenda; developing appropriate minutes and a process for follow up. Learning strategies to create synergy and consensus within your team are assets that enhance your ability to accomplish organizational goals.