Dr. Dittmar provided a wealth of experience and personal mentoring and served as both a knowledgeable teacher and encouraging friend throughout the process.”
Dr. Dittmar was always engaging and challenging our assumptions. He not only wanted to develop our leadership capacity, but also to unlock our creativity and hidden potential, which helped enrich our experience. His engaging sessions and interactions with others helped open my mind to understand different perspectives and often led to dynamic conversations.
As a Production Supervisor, I am more confident, and a more effective communicator. The knowledge gained and the mentoring Dr. Dittmar provided has been invaluable.”
The recently published book, A Leadership Carol, captures much of the L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Development Model. This model serves as my guide around what leadership should be in a transactional leadership world, where leaders are seen as almighty bosses who dictate without question for fear of reprisal.
I now actively listen more than I talk, as understanding other views help me frame and communicate my message more effectively. When I engage with employees as followers and leaders through the eyes of emotional intelligence, they are intrinsically motivated to respond and open up their talents in a way that I never imagined.
Dr. James Dittmar has a great perspective, engaging application, and a genuine honesty about what it takes to lead effectively in today’s competitive global market. The interaction about what concepts meant and how they are to be applied professionally and personally really helped me dig deeper into what real leadership is."
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program that Jim Dittmar founded and directed was absolutely transformative. It was not only eye-opening and life-changing for me personally, but the program also had a significant impact for me professionally as well. It has helped expand the breadth of career opportunities and shape the organizations I subsequently participated in. I’m confident the original vision and mission could not have anticipated the reach of the program’s influence, as we’ve leveraged much of Dr. Dittmar’s work for our own organization’s professional development efforts."
Dr. Dittmar was a mentor, coach, and teacher. He pushed us to dig deeper and not settle for the easiest or obvious answers. We had no doubt that he cared about us as people as much as he was committed to our learning. An intellectually and professionally challenging opportunity.