Leadership Development Class

2022 Leadership Development Class


This class is right for you if:

  • You have a desire to grow in your leadership abilities
  • Want to know more about organized orthodontics
  • Have considered serving in your state component, SAO or AAO

Dr. Alex Thomas, AAO At Large Trustee, explains why leadership is important to her personally and professionally.

This program is a great way to develop your leadership skills. Since its inception in 2007, the SAO Leadership Program has helped more than 100 SAO members gain confidence in their leadership skills. Many program graduates have gone onto leadership positions within their state component organizations, the SAO, and the AAO.

PURPOSE: To provide a learning experience for individuals interested in developing leadership skills. These skills will be valuable and useful for various leadership situations including; within your work environment, church groups, civic organizations, study clubs and dental societies.

PROGRAM OUTLINE: Participants will receive selected reading materials (e.g. short book and articles from Harvard Business Review) prior to Session One. The curriculum includes the following topics among others:

  • Leadership Basics
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Organizational Basics
  • Ethics
  • Legal Issues
  • Organizational Structures

In Session Two, the class will divide into project groups to select a challenge facing the specialty for team development of a project to present to the SAO Board of Directors at the annual meeting.

Check back for additional details about the 2024 Leadership Development Class. 

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