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MA in Leadership Student Profile: Marly Hartline
Program Surprise in Pandora’s Box
Life is Pandora’s Box. Each day brings a new surprise. When I quit teaching and reinvented myself as a tour guide at Boeing’s Everett plant, I eventually took advantage of the education they offered in an effort to keep my teaching certificate up-to-date. I had no idea what a game changer the MAL program would have on my career and on me.
Every course has had an impact, presenting challenges that have grown me as a leader. Some challenges I appreciated more than others, but everything has boiled down to whether I wanted to get something out of the course or not.
Beginning with John Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership, I have found a core for examining techniques, practices, and paradigm shifts that have allowed me to rise in leadership within my organization.
- I compete against myself the most, though I compete against others as well;
- Learning a lot about giving up ownership, testing Maxwell and discussion board prompts, I tried a few strategies that surprised me;
- Growing other leaders elevated me, built confidence, and subtly drew my boss’s attention to our team’s potential;
- Discussion boards with people from everywhere introduced me to some great discussions/debates with people who had something to say and elevated my skill set in meeting challenges and strategizing before I made a move – a little like chess;
- There have to be people willing to participate to make it good. I have had several good people in each class.
Before the program was changed, there were times when the class content and instructor feedback did not help me get the answers I needed. It was these times when I had to decide I would be the captain of my fate.
- I decided I would only get out of it what I put into it;
- As a competitor with myself, I could never decide to settle;
- Curriculum structure allowed personal challenge to succeed;
- Our amazing librarian, Theresa Gehrig is a major resource.
I found that I love coaching, which is a huge up and coming field in many organizations, including my own. Oddly, during a course I wasn’t excited about, one of the assignments directed research to include professional coaching. In the future, if I don’t become a private investigator, I will become a coach. So far, MAL 550, Critical Thinking and Innovation, has challenged me to take risks that have brought me a promotion and positive regard to my boss and I expect more to follow.
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