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Effective Meeting Facilitation: The Sine Qua Non of Planning
The National Endowment for the Arts has developed an on-line resource for organizational planning for the nation's not-for-profit arts organizations. It is a rich resource for leaders in all settings and circumstances. Miranda Duncan's essay is a twenty-page bible, with sample forms, tools and checklists for meeting facilitators, an invaluable guide for each step of the process of building effective meetings.

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A conversation on a "willingness to trust"
Daniel F. Sullivan, Grant H. Cornwell Jr.
Two members of the PKAL National Steering Committee reflect on the Characteristics of the Ideal Leader inventory. President Daniel Sullivan and Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Grant Cornwell have a conversation about the willingness to trust and to admit mistakes (two characteristics listed in the inventory).
A reflection on Personal characteristics of leaders
Anne C. Dema
Reflecting on her first PKAL F21 Leadership Institute in 1996, this F21 member discusses her experiences as a departmental leader. She comments on Mel George’s essay Personal Characteristics of Leaders and emphasizes the importance of "relational" leadership.
Guidelines for Collaboration : The Dean's Perspective
Jeanne L. Narum
This essay from PKAL Volume III outlines five specific "guidelines" for the work of committees with a leadership role in shaping new spaces for science. These guidelines- about finding consensus, respecting disagreement and diversity, etc.- are instructive for all committees working through the minefields of institutional change.
The "real" definition of the ideal leader
C. Gary Reiness
Gary Reiness argues with some of the implications about leadership suggested by the Characteristics of the Ideal Leader in his reflective essay.

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