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Leading With Humility

Thursday, September 10, 2020
11:30 am1:30 pm
Leading With Humility

The H-Factor of Effective Leadership: Utilizing Humility in Leadership

As the world transitioned abruptly to social distancing and remote work, leaders relied on their assumptions to navigate this new landscape. However, these assumptions, led by ambiguity, over confidence and being functionally fixed are often incomplete and prevent leaders from optimizing this new environment. In order to lead more effectively, you need to quickly address a more complete approach to the leadership grounded in humility. During the training, we will explore the groundwork for humility as a tool in leadership and provide best practices for humble leadership. This training will transform the way you lead now and into the new future being created by the pandemic.

Dr. Matthew Sowcik is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC), and serves as the coordinator for the department's undergraduate communication and leadership development specialization. Additionally, Sowcik serves as a faculty member of the Challenge 2050 Project, a program aimed at developing human capacity to meet the needs associated of a population projected to exceed 9.6 billion by the year 2050.

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, Sowcik earned his Bachelor of Arts at Wilkes University, majoring in psychology and business. He then attended Columbia University, where he received his Master of Arts in organizational leadership. Finally, Sowcik graduated from Gonzaga University with his doctorate in leadership studies.

Sowcik focuses his research on leadership, humility and the creation of organizational leadership programs. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses concentrated on interpersonal leadership development, organizational leadership and advanced leadership theory, while similarly teaching some of the courses offered through the Challenge 2050 Project. Dr. Sowcik has been fortunate to work with a number of amazing organizations developing and administering leadership programs. To name a few, Dr. Sowcik has worked with companies like Mohegan Sun Casino, Ebay, La-Z-Boy, and currently serves as a consultant to The New York Times. There, he focuses on the newspaper’s educational programming for faculty and students within leadership studies.