By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The 30 students comprising this year's Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) class met at Naval Station Norfolk, June 22-26, for the second of three week-long resident courses.
Linda Wilkinson, human resources specialist from the NAVFAC Atlantic workforce development office, said that the ELP is a 6-month NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic leadership program designed to develop and improve management and leadership competencies of the selected general schedule and wage grade employees.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the facilitation of the ELP this year," she added. "Each of the selected cadre has the opportunity for personal and professional growth during the 6-month program."
According to Wilkinson, the class helped students assess themselves, learn, reflect and engage, as well as creating an awareness in those committed to growing and harvesting their individual leadership skills.
The ELP began at NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic in 2010 and was designed to help motivated employees take the next step in their careers. The three one-week sessions are held at the command's headquarters, with the students performing various assignments on their own to complete the rest of the program.
Some of the topics covered during the recent class included: how to manage conflict; leading with emotional intelligence; personal wellness; building team satisfaction; and developing yourself and others. Additionally, command leadership, such as business and support line leaders and deputy public works officers, have given presentations to the class on a variety of leadership topics.
Capt. Stephanie Jones, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic executive officer, spoke with the group about traits that make a great leader. She led a group discussion that touched on many topics, including how to look out for your people, leading by example, and being conscious of perception.
"Be excellent in the basics of your business," she said. "Be really good at your core responsibilities and motivate others."
The class cadre will return to Norfolk in September to complete the final week's class of the program, and will graduate Sept. 25.