I was blessed to have been immediately supervised by Dr. Wayne Moore. Although “supervisor” or “superior” or “boss” were the operative descriptions of his position relative to mine, the reality of our relationship was one of mentor (Wayne) and mentee (me).
As a District Director in Kansas’s Extension System, I started my position with what most people would consider challenges and obstacles to begin a career. Wayne immediately framed these challenges and sensitive scenarios as opportunities for me to learn and navigate difficult situations, which proves to be invaluable wisdom that I continue to incorporate.
Dr. Moore offered me many different leadership tools. First and foremost, he trained me and other District Directors in Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II. That course was an amazing experience that gave me the vocabulary and attitudes to garner buy-in from my team and ensure that our goals were SMART as well as aligned to our team and the communities that our Extension System serve.
Dr. Moore consistently modeled and led by example in the disciplines of active listening, practical support and follow-through, and strategic planning and execution. He taught me to never shy away from critical conversations that would solidify trust and help build agreement between two parties.
Wayne is a man of faith, integrity, and loyalty. I treasured him as a colleague and I continue to cherish him as a friend and mentor. I have full support and confidence in him as a leader, consultant, and mentor for others who also have the opportunity to work with such a man who guides his business with his intelligence, experience, and humility.