Norwich’s Leadership Program – A Program Director’s Perspective
Stacie: I’m Dr. Stacie Morgan. I am Director of the Norwich University Master of Science and Leadership Program.
I have a Master’s Degree, Masters of Education in Organizational Development and Training. And I have a PhD in Strategic Management with a specialty in Leadership. I’ve been helping organizations lead change and find their unique value for over 30 years as a consultant, as a manager, as an employee.
I‘ve worked with organizations across all spectrums with the public sector, with private, multinational and really looking at what makes effective leaders in all disciplines. And really what are the tiers of leadership because a lot of people want to be a leader but how do you actually lead?
The Master of Science and Leadership Program at Norwich University is more about actually leading than wanting to lead. It’s not about studying leadership, it’s about learning how to apply leadership to actually lead in the real world.
The Master of Science and Leadership Program is one that is really best for people who are good at what they do and really feel the kind of angst of trying to get better results, more results, faster, better, cheaper results with people. How to really leverage that capacity, working with others to get goals accomplished through other people.
With Norwich University, we have a long legacy of developing leaders. We benefit from that nearly 200 years of experience building undergraduate leaders and we’ve taken that and elevated that to really developing leaders. When organizations struggle, it’s often leadership gone wrong. We really hone in on the two areas that are least treated with the import that results demand in organizations.
We focus on in terms of emotional intelligence, strategic communication but really the emotional intelligence, that’s the toughest thing. That’s organizational psychology of the future. That’s neuroscience in action. That is really how you understand how you behave in an organization as an emotional human being and how your people do. So you can find the balance of being able to meet each individual where they are, so you can tap into that capacity, you can harness that for strategic results. Not in an abstract way but in a way that really activates each individual.
The Master of Science and Leadership Faculty are an amazing group of individuals. They are all leaders in their own right, they are leading right now, they have advanced education, they have advanced experience. I hired them to be part of something different to work with our students in a think tank environment that’s like no other to help really tie into what they’re doing every day. We address organizations toughest leadership challenges when the students start at the very first day.
What makes our Master of Science and Leadership Program different is the fact that we are looking in organizations to find out what the best curriculum is to offer. We’re looking at the real needs of organizations. What are the toughest leadership challenges that they’re trying to address today?
And we don’t just ask them, we’re out there working with them, helping them through our leadership summits, through a lot of the work that are faculty are doing as scholarly practitioners. We’re in the trenches, we’re feeling what organizations are struggling with and we do ask them but through extensive partnerships and a really deep relationship with organizations in all disciplines. We’re able to offer a program that will elevate leaders to a higher rate of effectiveness working with people in their organization.
Our 5 concentrations not only are areas that have unique leadership challenges but organizations have said how can I get more leadership capacity in these channels? The issues that are trending are very specific in specific channels.
When we look at organizational leadership, we’ve all heard about big data. Well, everybody’s going to analytics. Well, that’s great; we talk about that in our institution and our other programs as well. But what are the leadership implications? How is it that data can misrepresent? How can people take data and with just a pie chart taint emotion?
What’s a leader? What’s leadership versus management? I know a lot of people have thought about this and that’s part of the decision, do I want a Master’s of Science in Leadership or do I want a Master’s in Business Administration? But the MBA is a great tool to have and I’ll tell you a lot of our students have them already but they’ve realized that’s not enough.
Because an MBA will talk to you and teach you how to manage processes, finance, supply chain, projects, marketing, etc. but when it really comes to how to get results through the people who design those processes, who execute those processes. That is the realm of leadership