How to Find the Leader Within You

Identifying Your Inner Leader

It is a challenging task to be in a leadership position. You are directing a team and leading others by example. Author Thomas Mann once said, “If you don’t understand yourself, you don’t understand anybody else.” Terrance McGuire, Ed.D begins this session by asking, “Does knowing who you are benefit you as a leader?” In this insightful talk, Mr. McGuire discusses the importance of knowing who you are as a leader because, as a leader, you have the ability to influence people in your personal and work lives. He offers a reflective discussion on how finding your inner leader is not only a spiritual journey, but a journey that takes time to feel secure in a new leadership role.  In this presentation we will discuss:

  • How knowing yourself can help you to be a better leader
  • The 5 principles of developing your inner leader

Becoming a Reflective Leader and an Effective Mentor 

Leadership and mentoring are important skills for all staff to strengthen. Building this skillset can increase collaboration and productivity, helping staff to handle everyday challenges with confidence. The reflective leadership method can provide personal insight to the way staff approach, understand, and resolve events in their work. In this in-service, presenter Terrance McGuire, Ed.D will discuss reflective leadership and the qualities for an effective mentor. This section will cover: 

  • What reflection is and why it’s important 
  • Reflection IN action and reflection ON action 
  • How reflection can make a better leader 
  • The 4-step model for reflective leaders 
  • Why effective leaders make good mentors 
  • What makes a good mentor 
  • 7 skills of an effective mentor


More Information

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Registrants seeking continuing education will be asked to watch the live webinar in full, pass a post-test, and submit an evaluation form. 

  • Administrators (NAB): This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.00 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS— APPROVAL #20210521-1.00-A67280-DL
  • Catholic Chaplains: The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for a total of .75 Continuing Education Hours.
  • New York State Social Workers:  Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0265. Participants can earn up to .75 contact hours.

Terrance McGuire, Ed.D, D.Min

Faculty, Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.

Terrance McGuire is a specialist in the area of organizational mission and human development. He brings leadership experience from 40 years in the not for profit sector as an educator, corporate executive, and consultant. His experience includes working with all levels of religious and lay leadership and boards in Catholic health care, Catholic social services, and other ministry-based organizations in the USA and Canada. He presently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Terry holds a Doctorate in Education Degree (Ed.D) for the International Graduate School and a Doctorate in Ministry Degree (D.Min.) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Terry is a Deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago serving the faith community of St. Alphonsus in Lemont, IL.

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