Published on October 29, 2007
Kappa Omicron Nu: Kappa Omicron Nu is pleased to recognize and honor the new members of this Chapter. Empowerment: Empowerment Dorothy I. Mitstifer Executive Director Kappa Omicron Nu Mission of Kappa Omicron Nu: Mission of Kappa Omicron Nu . . . is empowered leaders through scholarship, research, and leadership. Definition: Definition “focusing energy in one’s Circle of Influence. . . . It’s acting with integrity.” Outcome of Empowerment: Outcome of Empowerment . . . is a community worthy of the best we humans have to offer. Essence of Empowerment: Essence of Empowerment . . . is enacting the vision. Elements of Empowerment: Elements of Empowerment Vision Balance of autonomy & dependence Courage Vision is defined: Vision is defined . . . as taking a stand for a preferred future. Vision implies: Vision implies Taking responsibility Acting congruently Agreeing to change Autonomy: Autonomy . . . in decision making and action relative to service—decisions are made and actions taken based on expertise (knowledge and reason). Dependence: Dependence . . . grows out of a reluctance to risk or to take responsi-bility for the future. Useful dependency: Useful dependency Confirms and validates us. Clarifies organizational frameworks. Helps us feel connected. Protects us from problems. Helps us learn from others. Teamwork and Interdependence: Teamwork and Interdependence . . . are most effective when we operate out of a position of strength. Courage: Courage Facing harsh realities. Examining our own contribution to problems Putting our authentic view into words in a straight-forward manner. Enacting the Vision: Enacting the Vision We are most free . . . when we are consistently living in accordance with the highest values. . . . Consistency of the highest sort is empowerment. Kappa Omicron Nu Chapters: Kappa Omicron Nu Chapters . . . are a key resource for members in gaining empowerment. Herein lies a challenge to chapters. Welcome toKappa Omicron Nu: Welcome to Kappa Omicron Nu The challenge to each of you is to make the Kappa Omicron Nu mission of empowerment a life-long quest. The Target: The Target and priority of Kappa Omicron Nu is You References: References Block, P. (1987). The empowered manager. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Covey, S. R., Merrill, A. R., & Merrill, R. R. (1965). First things first. New York: Simon & Schuster. Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. A. (1995). The leadership challenge. San Francisco: Jossey-bass Morris, T. (1994). True success: A new philosophy of excellence. New York: Berkley Books. Nanus, B. (1992). Visionary leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Nanus, B. (1995). The vision retreat: A facilitator’s guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Terry, R. (1993). Authentic leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.