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Student Profile: Maria Robare, Master’s in Leadership
by Gregory Price
City University of Seattle Alumni, Maria Robare, recently graduated from the Master of Arts in Leadership program. Presently she works at the Summit Federal Credit Union out of New York. She and Associate Program Director, Greg Price, had a recent conversation about her thesis project, her thoughts on the Master of Arts in Leadership program, and her future now that she has graduated.
About her Master’s thesis, titled: Utilizing Spiritual Leadership to Increase Employee Engagement
The focus of her thesis was to demonstrate that engaging employees is all about leadership style. The most effective way to engage employees is to create a true connection between the employee and the leader/company. To create a connection, the leader’s vision needs to have a broad appeal. The vision cannot just focus on the good of the organization, but how the vision holds promise to all stakeholders. Leaders must work towards creating harmony and well-being by demonstrating concern and care for each employee as a person, and not just treat them as an employee. Lastly, the spiritual leader must be a role model for the vision, well-being, hope, and faith.
Maria used the research from her thesis work to publish and article about spiritual leadership for The Point, a Credit Union Association out of the state of New York. The title of her article was ‘Spiritual Leadership’ Can Engage, Retain Employees. Please click this link to view the article in a recently published e-newsletter (third story down from the top).
How has your Master of Arts degree helped you in your career?
Maria stated that the Master of Arts degree has helped her to expand in her position of Human Resources Manager by developing a better understanding of the effect leadership has on people, which has positively affected the way she coaches managers to lead for both successful employee performance and more positive relationships at work.
Why did you decide to obtain a Master of Arts in Leadership?
Maria stated that she believes leadership can have a profound impact on the lives of others; both at work and their personal lives. She has a strong desire to be a positive influence, to create a positive environment for people and to potentially be a catalyst for others to reach their full potential as people, not just as employees. She believes that The Master of Arts in Leadership program has provided her a very strong foundation to accomplish this goal.
What plans do you hold for the future?
At this time she plans to maintain currency in her profession by continually growing, developing, and learning from experiential experience. Although, now that City University has a doctorate program on line, the idea of continuing my education is tempting me ……
Should you have questions about this thesis project, you are welcome to contact Maria at LinkedIn
Gregory Price is an associate professor and associate program director for the School of Applied Leadership’s Master of Arts in Leadership Program at City University of Seattle.