Louise Miner

Louise Miner


Assistant Professor

Expertise: Planned change; individual
and organizational development

MAOL courses:
Ethics and Leadership; Leading Organizational Change; Leading Teams and Projects: Tools and Skills; Leadership Seminar

At St. Kate's since: 1995

Bachelor of Arts, psychology; M. Ed., counseling psychology; certificate in training and organizational development.

Consulting practice in organizational development that focuses on developing cross-functional, high-level leadership teams in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Louise also received the St. Catherine University Faculty Teaching and Advising Award in 2010.

"I enjoy choral music. I sing in the Minnesota Chorale and in a hospice choir for people who are ill or dying. I have two granddaughters, and I have taken both of them to music classes. Singing keeps a person in shape. It's a sport!"

Changes in organizational leadership:
"Employee engagement and using a systems approach are some of the biggest changes of the past 20 years. In the last decade or more, the expansion of positive psychology has changed the field. Organizations are looking at what's working. Understanding people's strengths helps them be more engaged and productive."

On self-knowledge:
"Self-assessment is part of knowing oneself and uncovering one's own blind spots. Each of us is our own leadership ‘instrument' and as such, we need to know ourselves as well as we possibly can."

Students' effect on one another:
"MAOL students come from every size and type of local organization and are at multiple stages in their careers. Classroom discussions and team projects provide a rich environment for exchange and insight. Many students report that their MAOL peers are their greatest source of learning."

Ethics and leadership:
"Ethics in business is not a theoretical matter; it's a factor in every business decision. Leaders must understand their own personal ethical framework and be able to analyze decisions through multiple ethical lenses. In addition to formal case studies, students in our ‘Ethics and Leadership' class have the chance to bring ethical dilemmas they're facing at work into classroom and examine them further."

Analyzing leadership styles:
"Students interview leaders of their choosing as part of an assignment to uncover ‘personal best' leadership stories. They may visit with their own CEO or leaders in other workplaces or in the public eye. There is tremendous opportunity to integrate what they are learning."