Critical Leadership Skills for the Emerging Leaders

​by Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Charles & Dr. Karen Cornell, Veterinary Leadership Institute

Friday, January 9

8:00am-11:00am, Influence - The Key to Unlocking Leadership Potential
Participants will gain an understanding of why leadership is influence. Emphasis will be placed on self-awareness using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This interactive workshop will give participants a better understanding of their own personality preferences while also gaining a better understanding of others’ preferences so they can more effectively navigate both personal and professional relationships. Discussion of each preference as well as how they relate to interactions in veterinary medicine will be emphasized.

Saturday, January 10

10:30am-12:00pm, Leading With Influence
Participants will be walked through several discussions and exercises that will help them identify how they can have influence at work, even when not in a position of authority. Skills discussed can also apply to the Veterinarian-Client-Patient relationship (VCPR).

1:30pm-3:30pm, Skills for Constructive Conflict Resolution
Most of us don't like conflict but handled well, conflict can help our businesses grow. In this workshop participants will experience a model for conflict resolution, which breaks conflict into its component parts and focuses on ways to make connections between parties in conflict that lead to forward movement.

Sunday, January 11

10:30am-12:00pm, A Leader's Journey: Future Leaders Program Perspectives
This 90-minute session is a panel discussion in which previous AVMA Future Leaders share their journeys to becoming better leaders. Panelists will share how knowledge and recognition of their key strengths and weaknesses were important for their leadership journeys, and how the Future Leaders Program influenced their individual growth and success. You will be able to hear from AVMA Future Leader alumni about specific leadership techniques they used and developed, including those they gained from the Future Leaders Program, that you can use in your everyday lives to launch yourself to the next level.

About Betsy

Elizabeth "Betsy" CharlesElizabeth “Betsy” Charles, DVM, MA combines a wide variety of professional experiences with her love of veterinary medicine in order to help others be the best they can be.  Drawing on her experience in private practice and academia, she is interested in influencing both the current educational and leadership paradigms within the profession by moving them toward more collaborative models.

Dr. Charles completed a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in May 2009 where her thesis dealt with implementation of change efforts within organizations, specifically veterinary practice.  To that end, she loves helping veterinary professionals understand how the principles of emotional intelligence can help facilitate implementation of change initiatives in practice using a servant-leadership model. Dr. Charles has presented on various topics including leadership development and generational communication strategies at veterinary colleges around the country, various state veterinary medical associations, the AAEP national convention, the North American Veterinary Conference and the AVMA Leadership Conference as well as helped team members in private practice implement new leadership models.  She has been involved with the Veterinary Leadership Experience as a speaker and facilitator for 9 years and is currently the Executive Director of The Veterinary Leadership Institute, the organization now responsible for putting on the annual VLE event. 

She served on the AVMA’s Council on Communication, recently completed a term on the Student Relations Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is currently on the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee as well as being a member of the AAEP’s Student Programs Task Force.  Currently, Dr. Charles is an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences where her emphasis is radiology and leadership training. 

About Karen

Dr. Karen CornellDr. Karen Cornell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery and has served as member of the Board of Regents for the same organization. She is a full professor at the University of Georgia, where she is currently the Assistant Department Head in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. 

She is a two-time recipient of the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2011 she was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest award for teaching at UGA. Karen became involved with communication training in 2003 when she was a participant in the first Bayer Communication Project train-the-trainer program for veterinary faculty. She has served as a trainer for each of the annual veterinary faculty courses offered by the Institute for Healthcare Communication since.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Veterinary Leadership Institute where she is heavily involved with leadership curriculum development.

Karen's previous private practice career and current engagement teaching veterinary students, afford her a unique appreciation for the importance of communication in veterinary practice, and for the necessity of providing practical training to all veterinary professionals.

A special thank you to Zoetis for their continued support of VLC and their commitment to the veterinary profession.

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