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"Persuading and Influencing Through Leadership" Workshop Offered by FGCU Florida Institute of Government

FORT MYERS, FL - Managers and employees from both the private and public sectors are invited to attend a one-day course “Persuading and Influencing Through Leadership” presented by the Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University as part of its Professional Development Series 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 in 111 Broadcast Building.

The course is designed to teach how influencing through leadership takes the department, unit or organization to the next level. Participants will learn the knowledge, skills and abilities to influence and persuade people to move in a new direction. The workshop will allow participants to assess their strengths and weaknesses, in terms of personal power, to influence and persuade others to follow your leadership.


     Explore common patterns found in group problem solving and consensus seeking

     Learn how to influence others when faced with a situation requiring action

     Discuss the factors that drive one’s approach when influencing others

     Identify types of power and their sources

     Examine the relationship between power and leadership

     Discuss influence tools and techniques

     Practice planning and conducting a one-on-one influence interaction

Mary Ellen Dorsett is instructor for the program. She is an organizational development executive, president of her own consulting company and is a certified Chief Training Officer with 27 years of experience in administration, marketing, human resources, training and career development.

Dorsett earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree from Nova University and is a doctoral candidate studying human resource development at George Washington University. She travels throughout the United States and Canada delivering programs on customer service.

The central purpose of the Institute is to help promote superior performance in government and nonprofit organizations through quality training, consulting and technical assistance.

As an accredited comprehensive public university, FGCU addresses the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and provides a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities for the general public, such as administratively hosting the Institute.

For more information, contact Institute director Joanne Hartke at (239) 590-7815. Registration for the workshop is $72.

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