Leading at Any Level

Leading at Any Level
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-07-26
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True leadership does not rely on titles. It is often observed in day-to-day situations where people step up outside of their roles and serve as informal leaders to ensure successful outcomes. This webinar explores ways to foster leading at any level and how this can benefit both the organizations and individual career paths.

Back on the Justice Clearinghouse to share her views and experiences is Brenda Dietzman. Brenda has more than 28 years of law enforcement and corrections experience. She is currently providing evidence-based training solutions and inspiring presentations on topics like leadership and resilience through her company, Wayfinder Consulting. She served as the Undersheriff for jail operations at the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office prior to retiring.

Specifics of this discussion are on:

  • The critical role of informal leaders in the organizational structure where formal leaders cannot be present everywhere at all times.
  • How Millennials and Gen Z are getting into leadership positions at a much higher rate and much younger age, and the need for older generations to guide them in their trajectory.
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to leadership titles and ranks.
  • Things you can do to lead at work.
    • Performing at the next level and taking on a leadership view that allows you to understand the rationale behind decisions and allows superiors to see the extent of your capabilities.
    • Demonstrate your dedication and investment in the organization by taking ownership of its strategic plan.
    • Choose assignments that expose you to the different functions of the organization to gain a well-rounded understanding of the different units and the organization as a whole.
    • Find your niche and gain mastery of a subject matter that deems you invaluable to the team and develop solutions to problems that can be resolved easily within your purview.
    • Communicate effectively both internally and externally and explain or ask the why.
    • Volunteer, communicate your goals, and perform at the next level while being authentically you as a means to promote your brand.
    • Lead others by encouraging them, seeking others’ feedback, co-mentoring, acknowledging their contributions, and challenging them.
    • Evaluate, revise and do it again to gain mastery, glean lessons, and improve.
  • Ideas to lead yourself as an informal leader within your organization.
    • Plan your life and career goals, never stop working on yourself, and grow your skills towards your personal and professional goals.
    • Ask and understand the why to get to the reason behind decisions and remain motivated.
    • Practice and grow your optimism and gratitude.
    • Learn about the “onlys” and serve as an advocate by understanding their struggles.
    • Take notes to harden learning and retain information better and journal to reflect and deepen learning and understanding.
    • Come up with a personal mission statement that will serve as your guide, foundation, and moral compass in your journey towards your goal.
    • Be yourself – leverage your strengths and be authentically you.
  • The benefits and value of having mentors and sponsors to better navigate your life and career.
  • Reminders to formal leaders so they may help nurture and develop future leaders…
    • Through delegation, coaching, mentoring, embracing leadership-type behavior, and rewarding good risk-taking.
    • By identifying the individuals to provide support to and providing them with the tools and skills to set them up for success.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Improving listening skills.
  • Dealing with leaders who may view your initiative and proactiveness as a threat.
  • Maintaining motivation as one ages.
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome and taking risks towards success.
  • Asking why without coming off as challenging authority


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Audience Comments

  • “I love, love, love this presenter!!! Keep the Wellness Webinars coming!!!” — Shannon
  • “The entire seminar was great! Loved the emphasis to stay humble and hungry.” — S
  • “Brenda! She is amazing. Her style is very approachable and relatable, she is conveying important and useful information without it seeming like she is lecturing. I would be happy to attend additional presentations with her.” — Marie
  • “I learned a lot today in this training, but one major thing is to stay humble. Another important thing is to be yourself. The most valuable this is to encourage and acknowledge your staff. Excellent Training!!” — Lillie
  • “The entire webinar was phenomenal! Col. Dietzman’s presentation, honest, real, and so resourceful. Thanks, thanks, for the opportunity to listen to the amazing webinar.”  — Sonja
  • “I liked that the presenter had actual actionable things you can do rather than it just being a theoretical or concept discussion on leadership. As a supervisor I also appreciated some of the thoughts on identifying characteristics/traits of leadership in potential and new employees. Our agency doesn’t do a good job of that. I specifically liked the comments about Be Optimistic and ways to foster that with folks and within the agency. We need alot of that right now.” — Pam
  • “I thought the training was great! I have attended a great deal of training throughout the years and there were some nuggets in this webinar I will use and share.” — Joe
  • “The speaker clearly IS an example of a powerful leader. I would like more webinars available from this speaker. Thank you! I come from social services, but her language is easily transferable from law enforcement to any stage. AWESOME!” — Laurie
  • “I really like this training. Gave quick, easy practical tips on how to encourage others to be informal leaders. I am a supervisor and this was great info to coach some members of my team on.” — Dena
  • “I think it is great how she can still recognize the mindset of a frontline worker/leader, even after being a supervisor for so many years. Her humble demeanor is inviting.” — Cari
  • “Formal leaders cannot be everywhere all the time so we need to have other people lead as well. We have to give responsibility to newer staff to develop their leadership skills.” — Andrew





This webinar was pre-approved for 1 CEU credit by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP).  Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.  To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.




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