2017 April AAL Newsletter

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How to be a trusted leader

by Paul J. Zak, The CEO Magazine Blog, Mar. 17, 2017

Cultivating an environment of trust means challenging employees to grow while coaching them along that journey with care and empathy, writes Paul Zak. And as he notes, the case for trust in the workplace isn’t just about creating a nice environment for your employees; the effects of a trust-filled workplace have been backed up by research.


Meaningful work: What leaders can learn from NASA and the space race

by Andrew Carton, Knowledge @ Wharton, Mar. 16, 2017

It is a well-subscribed view that one of the most inexpensive and effective ways for leaders to motivate employees is by articulating a compelling depiction of where the organization is ultimately trying to go, discusses Andrew Carton. Carton analyzed reams of NASA documents from the 1960s to understand how thousands of employees with vastly different roles were able to rally around the common goal of a lunar landing.


Nine strategies for becoming a super-communicator

by Ken Cook, The Business Journals, Mar. 14, 2017

Improving communication skills requires a concerted and ongoing effort, writes Ken Cook. Among his suggestions are focusing on one or two communication ideas until you feel comfortable with them, and finding a partner to share the journey.


Four huge obstacles to good leadership

by Rob Jenkins, 9 Virtues Blog, Mar. 28, 2017

Why are there so many bad leaders? From education to insurance, retail to healthcare – bad leaders can be found in every field. The problem of bad leadership stems from four root obstacles that each leader can address, writes Rob Jenkins. Here, Jenkins discusses how personal development – and not just leadership development – can help individuals become better human beings first, and consequently, better leaders.


Empowering the quiet team leader

by Ilene Marcus, Great Leadership Blog, Mar. 2, 2017

Quiet, in-the-background leaders often can be the best allies when it comes to advancing your agenda, writes Ilene Marcus. “They may not be the most authoritative or the jump starter, but they will be the anchor,” she writes.


The secret language of successful leaders

by Michelle M. Smith, ‘a’ Magazine, Feb. 28, 2017

Discovering how your employees communicate can be the key to making stronger connections with them, writes Michelle Smith. Some questions to ask yourself: Are they internally or externally motivated; risk-averse or bold; self-concerned or observant?


ADA scholarships available for AAL’s Institute for Teaching and Learning

Three full-tuition scholarships are being granted by the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure to the Academy for Advancing Leadership's Institute for Teaching and Learning as part of the Association's commitment to supporting general dentist members who are...

The International College of Dentists awarded AAL Founder and President Dr. Karl Haden the Leadership Article Award

The International College of Dentists awarded AAL Founder and President Dr. Karl Haden the Leadership Article Award for his article "The Character of a Profession: The Next 100 Years," published in 2021 in the Journal of the American College of Dentists. The...

Leaders from 27 Universities Meet to Advance Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

IPEC and AAL convene the Interprofessional Leadership Development Program in Washington, D.C. Click here to download the press release.

AAL and the American Institute of Dental Public Health Teach Strategies for Success in Academic Healthcare Leadership to the Next Generation

The Academy for Advancing Leadership in partnership with the American Institute of Dental Public Health and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas convenes the Academic Leadership for Residents Program in Atlanta, GA. Click here to download the press release.

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Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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