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Cultivating A Leadership Mindset With Maryland’s Colleen Sorem & Kansas City’s Ursula Gurney

Guest Collen Sorem, Maryland; Ursula Gurney, Kansas City
20:51 min watch


Maryland Deputy AD Colleen Sorem and Kansas City Deputy AD/SWA Ursula Gurney sit down with ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2022 Women Leaders Convention to discuss cultivating a leadership philosophy as a Deputy AD, channeling a growth mindset and implementing strategic thinking strategies. The duo explain how they enact feedback from their direct reports and how they effectively push back against their ADs in the appropriate scenarios.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - How have do you learn as a leader? How do you practice the leadership that you've learned? 
  • - Have you been in situations where you've needed to make a decision and you've reflected (and then acted upon) on a similar action your AD took?
  • - Do you ever find yourself ruminating on feedback someone has provided? Have there been situations where feedback you previously received clicked for you later on?
  • - How do you consider and implement feedback or suggestions from people who report to you?
  • - What do you consider your primary job responsibility?
  • - How have you effectively pushed back against your AD, in the appropriate situation?
  • - When did you start thinking strategically? When should aspiring leaders start to think strategically?