Magazine article Corrections Today

Growing Introspective Leaders: ACA Leadership Training for Diverse Participants

Magazine article Corrections Today

Growing Introspective Leaders: ACA Leadership Training for Diverse Participants

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Recently, the American Correctional Association hosted a leadership training at its main office in Alexandria, Virginia, for a class of 14 participants, including me. The class, with its main topic, "Leadership for the Corrections Professional," spent 40 hours completing training exercises and discussing our individual leadership styles and where there was room for improvement. 1 walked away a week later with a better understanding of myself as an employee and as a leader.

Judy Morris, our trainer extraordinaire, began her career at the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC) in 1975. She spent her time working in positions such as correctional officer, shift supervisor, unit manager, administrator of the intake units and administrative branch manager in the Head Office of KDOC. As a trainer, she approached the class with a laid-back style that enabled each participant the freedom to grow while continuing to challenge their current mindsets. This style of presentation also allowed a diverse group of individuals to come together and connect for personal improvement. Morris led the group through discussions, activities and exercises that pushed the boundaries of individual comfort levels and pushed the group to communicate with each other. A few of the activities were inventories of our personalities and leadership styles. Seeing the scores and understanding how we view ourselves impacted each participant greatly.

The participants in this class included Jerry Bradshaw, deputy director of probation/parole services for Arkansas Community Correction; Christine Coleman, facilities business manager for the Oregon Department of Corrections; Lisa Collie-Evering, general secretary for the Jamaica Federation of Corrections; Kenneth Elliot, outgoing general secretary for the Jamaica Federation of Corrections; Kenneshia Goods-Fondren, program manager for the Safer Foundation; Dorthea Hackney, assistant director of the policy and audit division of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons; Tom McElhenney, Georgia Department of Corrections; Jennifer Miller, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office; Anita Nelson, Oregon Department of Corrections; Debra Orr-Brown, Corrections Corporation of America; Ashley Rodriguez, community supervision officer with Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency; Susette Ross-Taylor, program director with Safer Foundation; and Arlington Turner, chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections. …

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