Practical, personal advice from Chancellor Collins on leadership

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

September 24, 2013
Chancellor Michael F. Collins kicked off the annual Leadership Series with a talk on "Principles on the Path to Leadership."

Throughout his distinguished career in medicine and academia, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has learned a thing or two about successful leadership. On Monday, Sept. 23 he launched the annual Leadership Series by sharing his “Principles on the Path to Leadership.”

“We are fortunate to have our leader kick off this year’s leadership series,” said Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, associate vice provost for gender and equity, in her introduction.

Dr. Collins identified a set of guiding principles which apply regardless of which path to leadership one pursues. He advised always putting family first, making sure to include time for oneself, and building friendships at work and beyond. He illustrated each principle with a personal anecdote. He said he once left a conference where he was about to give the plenary speech in order to be at his son’s high school baseball playoff game—a game that was lost, but where his presence will forever be remembered and appreciated.

The keynote was the first of the 2013-14 Leadership Series, which offers workshops and seminars throughout the academic year. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and presented by national speakers and UMMS experts, the series addresses approaches that can improve and enhance leadership skills.

Learn about upcoming Leadership Series events here.