Leadership Development

Supporting leadership growth in all employees, regardless of position, is one of the primary guiding principles of the Innovation Center. View our programs that highlight opportunities for development in this area.

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Leadership Excellence Program (LEP)

The LEP is an 18-month program that prepares faculty/staff for leadership roles by providing personal and professional growth opportunities via self-reflection and real-world leadership experiences in the context of higher education. By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Model the qualities that are valued as a leader at Leeward Community College.
  • Identify their own strengths and areas of improvement, especially as it pertains to their leadership abilities.
  • Apply the necessary policies, procedures, and practices associated with developing and implementing an initiative with campus-wide impact.
  • Recognize various leadership styles and nuances with the intent to develop and/or refine their own leadership identity.
  • Identify the latest trends and practices necessary to inform effective leadership practices.
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Applicant Criteria and Selection Process

Applicant Criteria

  • Faculty, staff, and long-term lecturers are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be available to fully participate throughout the entire 18-month term in order to be considered.
  • Applicants should have some demonstrated leadership experience and/or leadership potential and will be reviewed for consideration using the process below.

Selection Process

  • Self-Nominate – application and approval of supervisor required.
  • Each cohort will consist of approximately four to six participants.
  • Application announcements are sent to the campus email listserve and posted in the Leeward Bulletin. LEP Graduates and LEP Advisors are reviewers in the selection process.
LEP Cohort Members and Projects

Cohort 6: September 2022 – December 2023 (January convocation culminating activity)

Their project focused on taking a deeper dive into the data of our students who are are academic warning in their first semester. Reviewing longitudinal data helped to reveal who are our students in trouble and determine best ways to develop Early Alert supports.

  • Genai Uʻilani Keliʻikuli, LCCWM/Hawaiian Studies
  • Bryson Padasdao, Math and Sciences/Engineering
  • Poki Pokipala, LCCWM/Counseling and Guidance
  • Gregg Longanecker, LCCWM/Math
  • Donald Carreira Ching, Language Arts/English

Cohort 5: August 2021 – December 2022 (January convocation culminating activity)

Their project is focused on the research, analysis, and recommendations to improve Leeward’s Early Alert Program. 

  • Andrea Herndon, Math and Sciences
  • Kelly Kennedy, Language Arts
  • Alyssa MacDonald, Math and Sciences
  • Michael Oishi, Arts and Humanities,
  • Kaleʻa Silva, Social Sciences

Cohort 4: Feb 2019 – August 2020

Their project was a campuswide leadership perception survey and the result was a comprehensive report and presentation to administration on recommendations to foster leadership growth and development opportunities on campus.

  • Summer Barrett, LCCWM
  • Michael Cawdery, Education
  • Adam Halemano, OPPA
  • Rachael Inake, EMC
  • Tina Lee, Business

Cohort 3: August 2017 – December 2018

Their project was called “Students First” and designed to provide a “Student Mystery Shopper” experience for non-instructional units which would give them service feedback. LEP members created a report as well as met with participating units to develop response plans and provide consultation, especially as it pertained to supporting the campus WIG (Wildly Important Goal) to “Keep the Students We Have”.

  • Will Castillo, OCEWD
  • Junie Hayashi, Library
  • Wayde Oshiro, Library
  • Jan Shimabukuro-Lee, Counseling
  • Erin Thompson, Counseling

Cohort 2: January 2016 until December 2017

Their project was to review, revise, administer, and report the results of an Employee Satisfaction Survey (similar to that conducted in 2011 and 2014). This project could also include open forums or other avenues of gathering feedback. 

  • William Albritton, Math and Sciences
  • Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Language Arts
  • Lori Lei Hayashi, Human Resources
  • Tracie Losch, Arts and Humanities
  • Grant Okamura, Operations and Maintenance

Cohort 1: December 2014 until December 2015

Their project was to design, plan, and conduct the 2015 Leadership Summit in July 2015. 

  • Corey Adler, Social Science
  • Alicia Brown, Office of Planning, Policy, and Assessment
  • Lexer Chou, Student Life
  • Michelle Igarashi, Language Arts
  • Warren Kawano, Business
  • Christy Takamure, Language Arts
  • Natalie Wahl, Library

Leadership Library

If you are interested in resources related to leadership topics, feel free to view our “Leadership Library.”  If you have articles, videos, or other resources you would like to add to the drive, please contact the ICTL Coordinator.

Chester Leoso
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True Colors

For over four decades, the True Colors temperament and personality typing program has been helping people to  improve professional and personal relationships. This training program teaches participants how to recognize, understand, and appreciate what their colleagues value and how they communicate. 

The ICTL offers True Colors training to any Leeward CC unit or division. Contact Erin Thompson for more information or to schedule a training.