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Precon Workshop 2: Find The Leader Within You
Sunday, 08/Sep/2019:
10:00am - 4:30pm

Session Chair: Amy Dammarell, HDR;
Location: D134

Discover your leadership potential! Whether you’re an aspiring leader or one who’s been there, join us for an exploration of leaders at their best. 

This workshop is geared toward operators, supervisors and managers and will encourage them to perform their duties better by learning to work together.  

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Find the Leader within You

Amy Dammarell1, Mark Poling2, Michael Comeskey3, Karen DeBaker2, Doug Berschauer4, Pamela Randolph5, Austin Gwinnup6

1HDR, United States of America; 2Clean Water Services; 3City of Boise; 4Parametrix; 5City of Edmonds; 6W-Cubed Inc.; , , , , , ,

Description of Workshop

Discover your Leadership Potential! Whether you’re an aspiring leader or one who’s been there, join us for an exploration of leaders at their best. This workshop is based on the 5 leadership principals outlined in the book “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner. The workshop includes breakouts and table discussions to encourage shared learning. See more info on the workshop and the certificate program at

Facilitators: YP committee members will be taking on table facilitation.

Our facilitators will lead an exploration of the five practices of exemplary leadership:

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

• Model the Way

• Inspire a Shared Vision

• Challenge the Process

• Enable Others to Act

• Encourage the Heart

Model the Way

• Clarify values by finding your voice and affirming
shared values

• Set the example by aligning actions with shared values

“Leaders stand up for their beliefs…They show by their actions that they live by the values they profess.”

Inspire a Shared Vision

• Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities

• Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations

“The most important role of vision in organizational life is to give focus to human energy”

Challenge the Process

• Search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking outward for innovative ways to improve

• Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience

“Change is the work of leaders…And all change requires that leaders actively seek ways to make things better – to grow, innovate, and improve.”

Enable Others to Act

• Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships

• Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence

“Leaders bring people together, creating an atmosphere where people understand that they have a shared fate…Leaders make sure that everyone wins.”

Encourage the Heart

• Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence

• Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit
of community

“Leaders express pride in the accomplishments of their teams…They make people feel like heroes.”

In the second half of the workshop, invited local, and regional leaders will talk about their journeys and how they have employed the leadership practices. The workshop closes with a roundtable discussion with questions from the workshop participants for our invited speakers.

Short Description

Participation in this workshop will help operators, supervisors, and managers perform their duties better by helping them work together better. With a firm understanding of the five practices of exemplary leadership participants will be better employees, supervisors, and managers, understanding what it takes to help lead truly outstanding performance.

Learning Objectives

Understanding of the five practices of exemplary leadership and how anyone can be a leader right where they are.


We will follow up with a survey to gauge both how much the participants have learned as well as how much they have been able to apply the five practices.


The curriculum is highly interactive with the material presented followed by specific activities at tables of 6-8 to incorporate the learning.

Who Should Attend

Anyone wanting to become a leader or become a better leader in their organization or in their community.


Follow the sample in the Workshop Guidelines document. Remember to include the mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon Networking Break of 15 minutes and the lunch (applicable only to all-day workshops).

v Welcome and Introductions 10:00 – 10:10

v Outcomes and Expectations 10:10 - 10:25

v The Leadership Challenge Introduction 10:20 – 10:40

Ø The Five Practices

§ Model the Way 10:40 – 11:20

§ Inspire a Shared Vision 11:20 – 12:00

v Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

§ Challenge the Process 1:00 – 1:40

§ Enable Others to Act 1:40 – 2:20

§ Encourage the Heart 2:20 – 3:00

v Break 3:00 – 3:15

v Leadership Values 3:15 – 4:00

v Leaders Share Their Journey 4:00 – 4:30

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