Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Summit Challenges PAEA Leaders

By Elizabeth AlesburyApril 25, 2018

Panel of ARC-PA and PAEA leaders discusses the future of accreditation. Photo credit: PAEA, Libby Alesbury

PAEA’s third annual Leadership Summit helps teach volunteers how to turn their vision into reality.

“Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.”  Peter Drucker

PAEA volunteer leaders came from near and far earlier this month, convening in Washington, DC, for two days of listening, learning, and sharing — all aimed at becoming more effective leaders.

The centerpiece of the meeting was a full-day workshop tied to the book The Leadership Challenge, which is based on a three-part model of leading self, leading others, and leading organizations. Two certified facilitators led participants through focused and engaging exercises designed to help them tap into and fine-tune their particular leadership qualities. A group exercise helped solicit the input of the broad leadership of PAEA into progress on PAEA’s strategic goals, including innovation in PA education and outcomes-based accreditation. Attendees also heard an update on accreditation from a higher education specialist on policy and regulation.

ARC-PA Executive Director Sharon Luke, along with five other ARC-PA commissioners and staff were among the invited participants, offering valuable contributions to the conversation. Accreditation features in two of PAEA’s three main strategic goals, and we are working closely with our colleagues from the ARC as we build toward these goals.

The event was capped off by a reunion performance of legendary rock duo K Standard and the Outcomes, featuring Board Member Kevin Schuer and Leadership MAC Chair Kevin Lohenry.

Key Takeaways

Move people with what they value, not what you value.

Effective leaders use “we” more often than “I.”

Be consistent and clear about what you stand for.

Leadership = credibility + vision


Libby Alesbury
Elizabeth Alesbury

Elizabeth (Libby) is editorial director for the Physician Assistant Education Association. With a background in news, publications, television, and media relations, she joined PAEA in 2010.