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Emerge to Influence Series

The Emerge to Influence Leadership series consists of three leadership programs.



Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to strengthen the leadership pipeline within Palm Beach State College by equipping professional-level individuals for management-level positions. The Emerging Leaders program utilizes various methodologies to provide participants with a clear understanding of the responsibilities of a manager and to equip them with the skillset necessary for becoming successful leaders at Palm Beach State College.


Program commitment:

  • Eight program workshops, one held each month plus team meetings as needed.
  • Participation in six college-related emersion activities.
  • Completion of a structured mentorship program.
  • Development and presentation of a project designed to meet a need of the College. 

Program Objectives:

  • To develop high-performing staff and faculty whose next logical step would be a formal leadership or supervisory role
  • Discover the strengths of individual participants and demonstrate their usefulness to a team or in a leadership role
  • Equip participants with an understanding of how College leadership influences the success of the institution in carrying out its mission
  • Establish structured mentorship relationships between participants and a member of the College leadership team
  • Provide an understanding of the significance and importance of team dynamics in the development and completion of a project


Eligibility and Selection

Applicants must be currently employed in a faculty or professional, non-supervisory position and in good standing at the College for a minimum of one year and must be full-time employees. 


Emerging Leaders Nomination Form

Scheduled Program Meeting Dates for 2022 - 2023:

September 16

October 14

November 18

December 9

January 13

February 17

March 17

April 14



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Balancing Priorities

The demand for productivity is greater than ever before. Deadlines are tight, technology is complex, and oftentimes employees have the added challenge of reporting to more than one manager. It’s no surprise this pressure can lead to increased conflict and overwhelming feelings of confusion. That is, until you are equip with the skills they need to manage their work load effectively. This workshop will teach you - step by step - how to ditch the time-wasters and improve performance through better goal setting, task delegation, organization, and the proper use of technology.

Project Management

With various priorities incorporated into the work day, balancing deadlines, large projects and customers can be intimidating at times.  This workshop will provide an array of tools to assist participants with balancing competing priorities.

Understanding the College Budget/Legislative Update

The first hour of this session will explain the nuts and bolts of the College Budget and will provide you with a better understanding of revenue accounts, fund balances, general ledger codes and how we bill the budget. During the second half you will be provided information regarding current bills and legislative actions of concern to the College.  This session will provide insight into key legal issues affecting the College and an in-depth review of the College’s accounting structure.

Powerful Presenting

All leaders are called upon to share ideas in the form of a presentation.  The ability to effectively capture the attention of the intended audience to inform, persuade or defend your ideas is a crucial skill for success.  Participants will go beyond a snappy slide presentation to learn the subtle details that make a big impact.  

DiSC – Understanding and Working with Others

So much of what people perceive and communicate comes from their own prevailing personality styles.  The DiSC personality inventory will demonstrate how knowing your style and the styles of others can be useful in creating harmony and efficiency in relationships.

Communication Strategy
Business communication is more than proper grammar and friendly service. A successful leader must be able to obtain buy-in and achieve collaboration. This workshop will utilize hands-on exercises and real-life scenarios to identify common communication pitfalls and ways to proactively build consensus and collaboration while avoiding behavior that hinders communication.

College Administrator Panel
Various members of the college administration will participate in a panel discussion to share some of their experiences and lessons learned throughout their leadership path. A significant amount of time will also be dedicated to Q&A.

The program also includes:

Mentorship Experience
The Emerging Leaders Mentorship Experience is a guided mentorship program that will provide participants with an insider's perspective on career navigation, access to a support system during a critical stage in career advancement, and direct access to resources within your profession.  This experience will also help you identify gaps in your skillset and resources available to overcome them.

Action Learning
Participants will work on a group project that when implemented will provide significant benefits to the College, a specific department or function. The project will be chosen with input from the participants and the assistance of presidents' cabinet.

College Immersion Activities
Throughout the course of the program, participants will select and attend six College Immersion Activities. Examples of these activities include a meeting of the Board of Trustees, Provost's Staff and Campus Dean's meeting, and/or faculty or student services cluster meetings.

Leadership Excellence

Leadership Excellence is the second program in our Emerge to Influence leadership development series.  This 7-module curriculum is open to employees currently in a management role who are nominated by their supervisor. It is designed to identify and grow leaders who are already demonstrating proficiency in managing a team and who are ready improve their leadership competency in several key areas. This program runs for seven weeks in the spring and nominations are accepted in early spring.

Program Objectives:

  • Build strategic leadership skills
  • Reinforce already acquired leadership characteristics
  • Enhance cross-functional communication through experiential learning
  • Grow courage in leadership through an understanding of influence and responsibility

Eligibility and Selection 

Current supervisors who are in new to mid-level management positions may be nominated for the Leadership Excellence program. Prior completion of the Management Essentials series is preferred. These managers must already exhibit strong leadership traits and be seen as ready for a new or expanded role. Candidates must have been employed by Palm Beach State College for a minimum of one-year and must have no current performance issues on record. A formal nomination from the employee’s supervisor is required for a candidate to be considered.

Managing New Leadership Expectations

  • Identify the traits of an influential leader
  • Define the leadership expectations for your leadership role at PBSC
  • Learn to how to create a culture of accountability and shared ownership
  • Identify behaviors to support the PBSC leadership competency of accountability

DISC Communication Styles Assessment Review

  • Identify your dominant communication style
  • Select the appropriate medium for communicating information to staff and other PBSC stakeholders
  • Discover the connection between listening, learning and leading (3L)
  • Identify behaviors to support the PBSC leadership competency of communication

Emotional Intelligence

  • Activate the connection between Emotional Intelligence and leadership success
  • Introduce the value of empathy and the qualities of empathetic listening
  • Learn the connection between self-care and working relationships
  • Learn the value of taking ownership for mistakes
  • Use Emotional Intelligence in conflict resolution

Translating Vision to Strategy

  • Identify and communicate a vision for your area
  • Utilize the Franklin Covey methodology for vision implementation
  • Engage your team in strategy and vision
  • Coach with S.M.A.R.T objectives

Building Your High-Performing Team – Diversity and Inclusion

  • Choose the best team
  • Maximize team dynamics
  • Uncover and utilize the best in your team
  • Acknowledge how leadership makes the difference

Situational Performance/Managing Difficult Situations

  • Systematic problem-solving
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Practice leading a coaching conversation

Leadership Courage

  • Define and build workplace trust for effective teams that get results
  • Discuss the importance of leadership courage
  • Reflect on personal leadership strengths and opportunities

Lead to Influence

A 4-day, off-site leadership development program designed to provide continued growth for assistant directors/associate deans and above who have been identified and recommended by senior management as possessing the characteristics necessary to influence the growth of the College. This program focuses on leadership at the institutional level, with an emphasis on strategic leadership and emerging issues in higher education. This program runs in early spring and nominations are accepted in late fall.

Eligibility and Selection

Leaders at the assistant director/associate dean level and above who have been identified by senior management as already contributing to the success of College in their own areas may be nominated for the program.  Candidates must have been employed by Palm Beach State College for a minimum of one-year and must have no current performance issues on record. A formal nomination from the employee’s supervisor is required for a candidate to be considered.


Program Objectives

  • Reinforce leadership concepts that shift the focus from leading areas to leading the institution
  • Enhance cross-functional communication through discussion of current issues in higher education
  • Foster innovative solutions to meet current and emerging institutional needs
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