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The Montana Tech Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Initiative

LEAD Inititive Survey: Set the priorities for this initiative.

The LEAD Initiative builds relationships and connections across all parts of our community, creates opportunities for learning and honing leadership skills, and fosters a mindset of growth and productive communication, and resiliency.  This Initiative accomplishes these goals through hosting meaningful events and discussions, providing thoughtful curated resources, and supporting all of Montana Tech’s staff and faculty members.

Please contact any of the faculty and staff listed below for more information. We welcome and encourage participation from all faculty and staff at Montana Tech. The realization and potential of this group is dependent on the participation of a diverse group of stakeholders.

Leadership Opportunity

The Montana Tech Leadership and Experience Development (LEAD) Initiative invites you to register for the CliftonStrenghs Assessment and Facilitated Group Session.

The LEAD team is working towards creating opportunities to build leadership potential at Montana Tech. Our goal is to elevate a culture of leadership and role modeling. 

Whether you're looking to improve yourself or a leader who wants to empower your people to perform better, your efforts start with CliftonStrengths (Gallup, 2020).

Those who know and use their CliftonStrengths are:

  • more engaged at work
  • more productive in their roles
  • happier and healthier

To maximize effectiveness, all faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity for a CliftonStrengths Assessment and Group Session. The self-assessment will include results on the Gallup website, along with additional analysis by facilitator Rebecca Morgan. The assessment must be completed by January 15th in preparation for the Group Session (via Zoom) on January 29 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

If you are interested, please email Colleen Fink at She will register you for the assessment and group session. Once you are registered, you will receive further information via email and books to reference during the assessment and group session.

About the Facilitator

Rebecca MorganWith experience in business strategy, organizational development, and communications, Rebecca Morgan is the founder and CEO of Spark Creative. She spends her days focusing on the three important Ps of people, processes, and planning. Rebecca works with multiple industries and clients. However, she is particularly passionate about healthcare and has focused on rural and underserved areas in Montana with healthcare workforce development, team development, process improvement, and strategic planning. Enthusiastic about people and workforce development, Rebecca has volunteered with the local Big Sky Chapter and the State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2009. Having served in various roles, including President of the Big Sky Chapter of SHRM and State Director of the Montana SHRM State Council, she currently serves as the Montana SHRM State Council's Legislative Director. Rebecca also serves on State Workforce Innovation Board advising the Governor on statewide workforce and economic development strategies. Being a lifelong learner, Rebecca holds certifications as a professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resource Management - Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is also a Certified Lean Instructor and shares her enthusiasm and training on lean process improvement whenever the opportunity presents itself. When not working or volunteering, Rebecca enjoys traveling, hiking, and obsessing over her garden.

Faculty and Staff Leadership Team

Leslie Dickerson
Executive Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Student Support Center 3.126D
Montana Technological University
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT  59701

Colleen Fink
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Montana Technological University
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT  59701
MG 301

Brian Kukay, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Department Head
Civil Engineering
S&E 305
Montana Technological University
1300 Park Street, Butte MT 59701

Sarah A. Raymond
Career Services
University Relations Center 109
Montana Technological University
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT  59701

Scott Risser, PhD
Professor and Department Head
Liberal Studies
Main 102
Montana Technological University
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT  59701

Charie Faught, PhD, MHA
Associate Professor
HCI Program Manager, Business IT, Health Information Technology
ELC 323
Montana Technological University
1300 Park Street, Butte MT 59701

Janet Friesz
Assistant Director of Enrollment Services
Enrollment Services
Montana Technological University
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701
SSC 3.126

Michelle Morley, MSC
Instructor and Director
Associate of Science
Office 125
Highlands College of Montana Technological University
25 Basin Creek Rd, Butte, MT 59701

Hilary Risser, PhD
Professor and Department Head
Museum 112
Montana Technological University
1300 Park Street, Butte MT 59701

Tristan Sewell
Financial Aid Specialist
Financial Aid
SSC 3.126
Montana Technological University
1300 Park Street, Butte MT 59701

Administrative Sponsor

The role of the Administrative Sponsor is to serve in a supporting role to secure resources and to assist the group and leadership team as needed.

Steven Gammon, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost
Montana Technological University
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT  59701

Suggested Reading List

Lead From the Outside – Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams’ book is part memoir part leadership manual.  In compelling personal stories, Abrams describes the key lessons she has learned about leadership along the way.  Mixed throughout the book are some exercises where Abrams has you clarify what you want, find your strengths and weaknesses, and identify your advisors.  This book in particular will speak to individuals that are underrepresented in leadership roles.  The major downfall of the book was that Abrams used her own experiences rather than research to illustrate good leadership principles.

Tags:  Empowerment, Emotional intelligence

Dare to Lead – Brené Brown

Brené Brown researches shame and resiliency.  In this book, she describes why leaders are often afraid to take risks.  The book and the associated workbook walk you through identifying fears and emotions that are keeping you and your team from taking needed risks.  Brown focuses on teaching how to develop the emotional intelligence you need in work and life.  In one of the more interesting exercises, Brown asks you to identify two core values that you will use to guide your leadership work.  This exercise in particular, really focuses you on not just what you want to achieve as a leader, but why it matters to you.

Tags:  Communication styles, Transparency, Emotional intelligence

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

In each of the five “fables” in the book Patrick Lencioni captures the worst places you have ever worked.  Lencioni then identifies the specific quality that created the dysfunction.   The five key issues that these terrible environments share:  absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.  What I enjoyed about the book is the focus on how leaders can create a culture that leads to a more productive workplace. Lencioni has also written a follow up called Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team that is designed to help leaders enact that cultural change.  

Tags:  Communication skills, Transparency, Building and supporting teams, Creating meaningful cultural changes

Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

Part of being a leader is addressing controversial and/or difficult issues with coworkers, bosses, and employees.  People are often reluctant to have hard conversations because they fear that these types of conversations will damage their relationships with others at work.  Crucial Conversations describes why this fear is unfounded and gives real techniques that can be used at work or at home.  The book includes vignettes that show how the techniques described can be applied in personal and professional situations.  If you are having a hard time communicating effectively, this book gives you a road map to follow. 

Tags: Conflict management, Communication skills

Leading Change – John Kotter

Before you attempt to achieve meaningful organizational change, you should read this book.  There are a lot of ways that this type of change can be derailed.  This book spells out those issues and how you can avoid them.  Kotter spells out an eight-step process to follow.  Each step in the process includes vignettes describing both successful and unsuccessful change attempts.   While the vignettes were derived almost entirely from business, I still found them engaging and useful.  One of my favorite parts of the book actually was not directly related to the eight stop process.  The second chapter included a great chart taken from another of Kotter’s books that spelled out the difference between leadership and management.  Anyone interested in learning how leadership is distinct should check it out.     

Tags:  Change Management