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Last week, corrections veterans Gene Atherton and Jason Heaton discussed how being receptive to new and creative ideas, and being able to successfully manage and coach staff challenges are integral to successful leadership. This week, in part two, they emphasize how much a leader’s ability, or inability, to be sensitive, to listen, and to maintain an upbeat attitude can impact a team.

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Leadership for the 21st century, Part II

By Jason Heaton and Gene Atherton

Great qualities for great leaders

Most organizations spend a great deal of time and expense in the development and preparation of leaders. Not only is it morally wrong, but it makes bad economic sense to have high performance, “pacesetting" leaders when they are not likely to provide quality services over the long term. Leaders need to see their best, long term performance only possible through a balanced life of work and over all personal health.

Every successful leader is a good listener. When combined with the open ended questions described in Appreciative Inquiry, it is the single most valuable leadership characteristic we know.


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Regarding Leadership for the 21st century - A human approach, 9/26/07

I found part one of the article extremely interesting. In detailing the aspect of humanity being “ignored,” the authors solidify the concept of the followers’ view of leaders as being inhuman or superhuman. This view is grounded in the perceptual reality of the viewer.

The authors label the leader as the responsible party for knowing “things that work,” and present these “things,” within the context of a “personal agenda.”

While I believe personalizing the safety, security, and control aspects of the correctional environment is required in order to be an effective leader within corrections, it is more necessary for a correctional leader to know those persons within the organization that have the same view of how change can best be accomplished.
Jon A. Eichelberg, Substance Abuse Counselor
Therapeutic Community, Westville Correctional Facility, IN

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National Conference on Correctional Health Care

Date: 10/13 - 10/17/07
Reap the Rewards Besides attending the dozens of concurrent sessions, be sure to take advantage of all that the National Conference has to offer: Preconference seminars, including in-depth review of the NCCHC prison, jail and juvenile standards...More

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Date: 10/14 - 10/15/07
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International Association of Correctional Training Personnel

Date: 10/14 - 10/17/07
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