NDCS Launches 40-Hour Leadership Academy

NDCS Launches 40-Hour Leadership Academy

Gov. Ricketts addresses Leadership Academy



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January 19, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has developed and launched a leadership academy to better prepare staff members to lead their teams and to aid in succession planning; January 13, 2017 marked the first graduation.  Eight separate academies are scheduled in 2017. 

The Leadership Academy: Supervisor Essentials is an opportunity for the agency to invest in its most valuable resource- its leaders. The 40-hour academy is geared to front-line supervisors and mid-managers. It engages these leaders in discussions around communication, collaboration, delegation, managing conflict, handling difficult conversations and active listening. Several executive level leaders spoke throughout the week.  The highlight was Gov. Pete Ricketts who talked to participants about the need to understand their mission, accountability and the importance of efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of government.

Years of corrections experience among the participants ranged from 1 to 24.  “The benefit of bringing people together with broad years of experiences from facilities throughout the state in invaluable,” said Director Frakes. “It creates a venue where wisdom can be shared, ideas become action, change agents are empowered and all become better at carrying out our mission.”


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