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2012-09-07

Optivation's Art of Leadership begins Oct. 1

Optivation is offering a four-week leadership development course based on the book “The Art of Leadership” that offers participants with a way to build competency in the area of leadership without sacrificing theoretical foundation or important content.

The course begins Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 28 and is taught by Karen Pikula, a 20-year veteran employee of the Brainerd School District and instructor at Central Lakes College. The course carries a fee of $403 per participant, which includes a $350 course fee, $38 for books, and $15 for a six-month subscription to premium online content. Space is limited, and early registration before Sept. 18 is highly encouraged.

The Art of Leadership I
The Art of Leadership is an interactive, seminar-based approach to leadership based on two ideas: that leadership will take place if a leader cares about the work and the people, and that leadership is an art that can be developed by focusing on nine core concepts.

The Art of Leadership I will focus on five of these core concepts: the leadership equation, the power of vision, the importance of ethics, the empowerment of people, and leadership principles.

Each area is discussed in depth, and participants are given techniques for improving leadership effectiveness. Concepts are personalized through questionnaires and learning exercises, and an online video feature, “In the Hot Seat,” provides opportunities for involvement in more in-depth discussions with peers on best practices for handling real-life leadership dilemmas.

“The Art of Leadership I” is a pre-requisite course for “The Art of Leadership II,” which covers the final four core concepts and will be offered by Optivation at a future date.

Register for “The Art of Leadership I” online at http://bit.ly/PPpQja.

About Karen Pikula
Karen Pikula is a 20-year employee of the Brainerd School District and also teaches at Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, as well as for Optivation. Her interests include educational psychology, online learning and leadership style. She is a Bemidji State alum, holding a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology and a master’s degree in education, and is a doctoral candidate in educational psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis.

Optivation is a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College offering custom training solutions and non-credit courses in on-site, online and blended formats. For more information, contact Kerry Ross at (218) 755-4902, or visit optivation.org.

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