first_imgWhat is your leadership style? Does your style help or hinder effective leadership? Is self awareness important in collaborating with teams? Do you produce the desired outcome in problem-solving?These and other questions will be explored by more than 100 voluntary bar association officers and staff members attending the annual Bar Leaders Conference July 25-26 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg.Margaret Cooley, the director of Open-Enrollment Programs at the Management Development Institute at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, will help participants explore basic differences in approach to problem solving, creativity and decision making — three key issues in managing change in organizations.Cooley noted that a number of psychological instruments such as the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI) are used in the institute’s leadership programs.“The results of these instruments help individuals better understand how they approach decision making, problem solving, and conflict resolution among other things.” Cooley said. “The individuals can then see how their approach differs from others and learn how the differences can be either a source of misunderstanding or the basis of effective collaboration.”Cooley said selecting a style that might be more appropriate for a given situation, thereby going out of your “comfort zone,” allows you to produce desired outcomes.completing the KAI, conference participants will be able to identify personal problem-solving style and learn to assess the style of others, she said. Cooley also emphasized that a self-aware leader understands that an organization is made up of people with a variety of types and styles and looks for ways to make the variety work for the organization’s advantage. Effective and self-aware leaders recognize differences with members, appreciate those differences, and attempt to work with them rather than be frustrated by them, she said.The leadership conference, which moves around the state each year, is being co-hosted by three Tampa Bay area voluntary bar associations — St. Petersburg Bar, Clearwater Bar, and Hillsborough County Bar. The host bars also receive suggestions on program planning from members of The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and Florida Council of Bar Executives. The annual program is designed to give voluntary bar officers and staff an opportunity to network and discuss problems faced by the volunteer attorneys who are members of a local association. There are more than 180 voluntary bar associations throughout Florida.In addition to Cooley’s presentation, participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops dealing with association finances, membership recruitment, retention and benefits, member surveys, fundraising, and the use of e-mail and the Internet to better serve their members. Workshop planners have also invited representatives from the Poynter Institute and the Tampa Bar Review to share tips on media and public relations.For fun, family and friends are invited to “An Evening at the Rolyat,” located on the campus of Stetson University College of Law. The law school was originally a hotel built in the 1920s by the Taylor family. The dinner is not included in the $85 conference registration fee and is a separate ticketed event. Transportation will be provided to the campus.To register for the workshop, go to the Bar’s Web site,, to download the registration brochure. For more information or a faxed copy, contact the Bar’s voluntary bar liaison, Toyca Williams, at (850) 561-5764 or [email protected] or any member of the Bar’s Public Information Department.The registration fee includes all attendance to the various workshops, conference materials, a boxed lunch, a continental breakfast, and breaks. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Craig Runde, a graduate of Duke Law School and director of the New Program Development in the Special Programs Division at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg contributed to this article. June 15, 2003 Regular News Bar Leadership Conference setcenter_img Bar Leadership Conference setlast_img

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