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Furman offers students workshop on leadership

The "Effective Leadership" workshop is another component of The Furman Advantage.

Last fall, Furman announced that it was offering a six-part financial literacy course to seniors that would teach them to manage budgets, minimize debt and save for retirement.

The offering was so popular (111 are enrolled) that the university decided to offer another workshop to seniors that addresses another life skill: leadership.

“Our students often find themselves leading organizations while at Furman, and many of them will pursue management and leadership roles in their careers,” says George Shields, Furman’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  “However, few of them understand how being an effective leader differs from being an effective manager.”

Suzy Summers
Business and Accounting Professor Suzy Summers will teach the workshop, along with Professor Emeritus Ken Abernethy.

The non-credit, no-additional-cost workshop, titled Effective Leadership, is open to juniors and seniors. But seniors will have the first opportunity to sign up for the 50 available seats.  Professor Emeritus Ken Abernethy and Suzy Summers, chair of the business and accounting department, will coordinate the workshop. The pair have delivered many successful professional development workshops and seminars on leadership to the corporate world through Furman’s Rushing Center.

The interactive workshop will explore management, leadership and culture – three critical factors that define all organizations. The course will demonstrate that leadership does not happen by chance. Rather, it results from the awareness and application of effective leadership principles and behaviors.

The workshops will be held 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on March 21, 23, 28 and 30. Those interested should contact stephanie.ferguson@furman.edu.

The leadership workshop is another component of The Furman Advantage, a strategic vision that guarantees Furman students will be equipped with the real world experiences they need to accelerate their careers and live lives of purpose.

“The Furman Advantage promises every student a range of experiences that prepares them for a successful future beyond the classroom, and this workshop will help them to thrive in the workplace,” said Shields. “Leadership is an essential attribute for success in a globally connected world, so we must seek new ways to prepare our students to become great leaders.”

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