Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Invited Paper Session #242
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Leadership Seminar: Leadership Lessons from Behavioral Science: Bringing the Best Out of Yourself and Others

Sunday, May 25, 2014
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: E. Scott Geller, Ph.D.
Chair: Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
E. SCOTT GELLER (Virginia Tech)
E. Scott Geller, alumni distinguished professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions, Inc., has authored or co-authored 39 books, 56 book chapters, 38 training manuals, 234 magazine articles, and more than 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. His most recent books are Actively Caring for People: Cultivating a Culture of Compassion and Actively Caring at Your School: How to Make it Happen. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He is past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-1992), current associate editor of Environment and Behavior (since 1982), and current consulting editor for Behavior and Social Issues, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Safety Research. In 2005, Dr. Geller was awarded the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network and the American Psychological Foundation. At the May 2009 graduation ceremonies at the College of Wooster, his alma mater, Dr. Geller was awarded the honorary degree doctor of humane letters.

From dawn to dusk, psychology affects every aspect of our lives. For example, success in educational settings, at the workplace, on the athletic field, and at home is influenced dramatically by interpersonal and intrapersonal leadership. Are teachers facilitating motivation and learning among their students? Do supervisors empower workers to go beyond the call of duty to achieve organizational goals? Do coaches bring the best out of their players by enhancing self-motivation and cultivating interdependent teamwork? Do parents discipline their children so undesirable behaviors are not only eliminated but desirable behaviors and attitudes are promoted? This presentation will offer research-based principles and techniques teachers, coaches, supervisors, and parents can use to instruct and inspire others to perform at optimum levels of effectiveness. This is transformational leadership. Within this context, the vision of an Actively Caring for People Movement will be introduced--large-scale applications of behavioral science and leadership principles to cultivate cultures of compassion worldwide, thereby preventing interpersonal conflict, bullying, and violence.

Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in instructing and inspiring others to perform at optimum levels of effectiveness.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to (1) Define the advantages of a success-seeking over a failure-avoiding mindset; (2) List five levels of interpersonal listening; (3) Increase the perception of empowerment and self-motivation in yourself and others; (4) Define self-transcendence and its connection to actively caring for people (AC4P); and (5) Define five dispositions that enhance one’s propensity to perform AC4P behavior and explain how to influence these five person states.
Keyword(s): leadership



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