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Wolfpack Leadership Conference Focused on Servant Leadership Management Style

The North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is hosting a Wolfpack Leadership Conference March 4 to March 6 that features noted veterinary educator Dr. Richard DeBowes and is focused on the Servant Leadership management style and its benefits to veterinarians and their practices.

Servant Leadership is a business approach that suggests for organizations to be successful, leaders should exhibit a true motivation to serve others. Servant leaders encourage teamwork toward a common goal by creating a positive environment that empowers and helps individuals grow personally and professionally.

The focus of Servant Leadership is on “sharing information, building a common vision, self-management, high levels of interdependence, learning from mistakes, encouraging creative input from every team member, and questioning present assumptions and mental models."

Dr. DeBowes, the associate dean for veterinary development and external relations at Washington State University, created the Veterinary Leadership Experience—a national program promoting leadership development in veterinary medicine. He has made leadership presentations to students and faculty in North America, Australia, the UK, and Europe and has developed pilot programs for veterinary practice groups to advance the concept of Servant Leadership and relationship-centered care. Dr. DeBowes and his staff will lead the three-day conference.  

Hosted by the CVM Veterinary Business Management Association, the conference is offered through the CVM Office of Continuing Education and Outreach and is designed to assist all members of a veterinary practice improve teamwork, personal performance, and interpersonal skills. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can earn14 hour of continuing education credit by attending the course.

The course begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4 with a presentation by Dr. DeBowes who will discuss how the Servant Leadership model contains qualities that are especially applicable to veterinary medicine.

The topics for the four interactive Saturday sessions are emotional intelligence, self-management, social awareness, and developing team goals. The two Sunday sessions concern developing take-home practice action plans and a discussion of good leadership habits. 

Registration fees are $99 for veterinarians and $59 for veterinary technicians and office staff.  For more information and to register, view the web site.

The sponsoring Veterinary Business Management Association is a student-driven organization dedicated to advancing the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Posted Feb. 28, 2011