2017 June AAL Newsletter

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Nine Ways a Leader Can Earn Trust

by Susan Mazza, Random Acts of Leadership, April 19, 2017

Leaders who want to earn trust should remember “actions speak far more loudly than your words,” writes Susan Mazza. She outlines nine actions leaders can take to earn the trust of their teams, including being on time, preparing for meetings, and taking ownership of mistakes.


How to Craft Meetings People Love (Really)

by Eric McNulty, strategy+business Blog, May 1, 2017

Good meetings are necessary, include only the right people, and have clear goals as far as discussion topics and information sharing are concerned, writes Eric J. McNulty. “One way to find out if people feel a meeting is worthwhile is to make it optional—and see who shows up,” he suggests.


Is Tuition Discounting Leading Some Colleges Off a Cliff?

by Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April. 28, 2017

Does the cost of tuition discounting at private colleges outweigh its benefits? Peter Schmidt examines this question and the growing trend of tuition discounts. “From 2003 to 2012, the share that offered institutional grant aid to at least 95 percent of incoming students rose to 58 percent from 35 percent,” he writes.


Leadership Lessons from a Friend’s Funeral

by Rob Jenkins, 9 Virtues Blog, May 9, 2017

You can learn about leadership in the most unlikely places, observes Rob Jenkins. While at a friend’s memorial service recently, he explains, “as I listened to speaker after speaker talk about this man and his many contributions, I began to get a better picture of his life and what made him the leader he was.”


10 Signs Your Leadership Strategy Doesn’t Work

by Laura Buckler, Lead Change Group, May 16, 2017

If your team consistently misses targets, lacks ideas and suffers from burnout, you likely need a new leadership strategy, Laura Buckler writes. “While difficult situations can be intimidating, effective leaders do not shy away from them. In fact, they face issues head on, and take appropriate action to address them,” she explains.


Overcoming the Organizational Communication Gap

by Kevin Eikenberry, Leadership & Learning, April 24, 2017

Communication within an organization is a problem that nearly every organization has, writes Kevin Eikenberry. To organizational leaders, he says, don’t assume that your people know everything that’s going on or received and understood your meaning the first time you attempted to convey a message.


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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