Last weekend this Florida girl braved the freezing temps in Columbus, Ohio for the first session of the 2014/2015 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and brings journalists from all over the nation together to learn about leadership, managing a SPJ chapter and for networking. The dates for my region’s session didn’t work with my calendar so I was allowed to join the fine folks from Region 4.
There were five reasons the program impressed me.
1. Varying career levels in attendance
It was encouraging to see a sprinkling of student journalists in the program. They provided an interesting look at leadership from a SPJ student chapter level and their commitment to the program made me excited about the next generation of journalists. I was also happy to network with pros from all mediums including TV, newspaper and digital.
2. Individualized attention
The program didn’t feel cookie cutter to me. There were individualized materials and projects to suit my style of leadership.
3. Time for SPJ fun/networking
Both nights featured activities to promote networking and some good ‘ol fun. On the first night we gathered for dinner and afterward played some non-gambling casino games. The games were a great ice-breaker and a nice break from the day of learning. The second night we explored Columbus, had dinner at a local hotspot and had more time to chat about the journalism industry and digital.
4. Time for reflection
There’s a lot of information to process during the program but built in breaks and time for reflection helped me to think about how I lead and why I lead.
5. Valuable materials
We took a DiSC assessment during the program which pinpointed leadership and behavior styles. The assessment was complex but so rewarding. After answering a questionnaire the assessment places you into one of four types of leadership: dominant, steady, influence and conscientiousness. The assessment opened my eyes to why I lead the way I do and how I can work with other leadership styles to be successful.
Have you attended the leadership institute? What did you think?
Scripps Columbus graduates Nov. 16, 2014
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Brandi Broxson is a magazine and digital editor at Naples Daily News in Naples, Florida. In addition to Generation-J, she also serves on SPJ’s Digital committee as Google+ coordinator. Brandi graduated from the University of Central Florida with a journalism degree and has been part of the ever-changing industry for eight years. She’s passionate about social media and storytelling and makes a mean to-do list. Read more about her here.