The Leader in All of Us
With a network that reaches to every corner of the great Lone Star State, Texas A&M AgriLife’s strength resides within each of us – innovative scientists, talented professors and impassioned service providers. So as we strive to fulfill our land-grant mission of promoting teaching, research, extension and service, we must aim to not only be local leaders, but also lead our nation and our world in solving it’s most harrowing problems.
To do so, we need our best and brightest to be well prepared in their leadership roles, which is something I, as vice chancellor and dean, have always been passionate about. My challenge to each of you is to thoughtfully consider leadership. Instead of asking, ‘am I a leader?’ Ask yourself, ‘what kind of leader am I?’
There are numerous opportunities to lead, whether it be joining a team, heading up a special project or simply encouraging others to excel. No matter what your leadership style, you are an important part of this organization. Your unique experiences and personality give your colleagues a diverse pool of knowledge from which to pull.
To provide you with as many paths to excellence as possible, I have implemented several leadership programs over the past few years, such as the Advanced Leadership Program and the Emerging Leaders Conference. These programs are designed to help participants develop the knowledge, management and skills needed to become an AgriLife leader.
Amongst these leadership programs, I’d like to highlight our AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program (AALP). The program was created to help participants gain a greater understanding of their leadership style, a wider knowledge base of all the entities within Texas A&M AgriLife, and a deeper understanding of the land-grant mission.
As the deadline to apply for the upcoming cohort is approaching, Nov. 8, 2013, please read more about AALP from personal accounts of the current participants and think heavily on what kind of leader you want to be.
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Mark A. Hussey
Vice Chancellor and Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences