In light of the new Energy Leadership Program, we found some time with Margaret Shaffer, Michael F. Price Chair of International Business at the University of Oklahoma and an instructor of the upcoming program. We asked her why she believes in continuing education and discussed the importance of the topics in today’s energy industry.
1. As an instructor, how does your extensive experience bring a fresh perspective to the program?
As a scholar in the area of global leadership, I offer a worldwide perspective on many of the topics we will be discussing throughout the program. Given the global nature of the energy industry and the extensive cultural diversity within organizations in the United States, having a global perspective is especially relevant for the effective management of people in this industry.
2. What are you looking forward to most about the program next spring?
I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about the challenges that participants have faced as leaders in the energy industry. We can learn from each other by sharing experiences and perspectives, enabling us to identify best practices that will enhance employee performance.
3. Why do you think it’s necessary for senior executives to continue to learn?
Continuous learning for senior executives is no longer an option – it’s a requirement. In order for leaders to successfully respond to current and future changes, senior executives must continually be attuned to the complexities and the uncertainties of their work environments which is particularly prevalent in the energy industry.
4. Why do you think the topics are timely?
The topics in this program are timely for two reasons. Firstly, senior executives must recognize the relevant stakeholders that are both internal and external to their organization. Leaders hold roles that require them to not only bridge the internal workings of their organization, but to combine this with external events and policies that influence decisions about their company’s strategies and practices. Secondly, the topics are all focused on the knowledge and skills that senior executives need in order to thrive in today’s turbulent and unpredictable environment.
5. What would you like senior executives to take away from the program?
I hope that the participants of the Energy Leadership Program return to their organizations with further knowledge and skills that are needed to fulfill their role as an effective leader, as well as the increased confidence to do so.
Join fellow senior executives for the weeklong Energy Leadership Program in spring 2018. Download the prospectus here.