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- The Leadership Institute, sometimes referred to as the Institute or LI, is a leadership development program of the University of Tennessee university-wide administration, serving all UT campuses and institutes supporting approximately 14,400 employees statewide.
- Since 1981, 23 Leadership Institute events have been conducted, serving more than 1000 participants, 360 of whom are current UT employees.
- The LI purpose is to increase participants’ understanding of leadership in higher education and promote leadership effectiveness at UT.
- Institutes are currently held every other year with 40-50 participants each time.
- Participants are nominated and selected by the administrative leadership of each UT campus and institute. Nomination for participation in the Leadership Institute is an perceived as an honor for UT’s most promising employees for progressive leadership roles.
- Each Institute consists of intensive small group and large group sessions from Sunday-Friday.
- Participants are involved in experiential activities, immersed in simulations to learn about their own leadership characteristics, organizational cultures and how to work more effectively with their colleagues.
- During the week, participants also learn from guest speakers, administrators such as presidents, vice presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, LI facilitators and others, but most importantly from each other.