CUSTOMIZE OUR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUR WOMEN STUDENTS
"LEADERSHIP EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT! " starts with input from College representatives and students to customize the program to the College culture, strategic goals, and current events, as well as to the students' needs, experiences and goals.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:
- We begin by learning about the College from the administration, typically the Dean of Students and the Director of Student Activities.
- Then, by talking with student representatives, we develop surveys that take the pulse of women students' interest in developing leadership skills.
- From these first-hand data we develop a program design, including program features, length of program, placement in the College calendar, desired learning outcomes and topics.
- We present this program template to a diverse focus group of women students, tweak the design and present it to the Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities for final approval.
OUTCOMES YOU CAN COUNT ON
BENEFITS TO THE COLLEGE
- Proven increase in retention to graduation for women participants in this program
- Proven increase in leadership engagement in your student government and the greater college community by women participants in this program
BENEFITS TO YOUR STUDENTS
- Growth in self-confident, self-esteem and self-image
- Positive impact on learning and academic performance from:
- increased participation in the classroom and in team learning activities
- improved communication /presentations skills
- increased assertiveness, problem-solving, relationship building / networking skills
- higher career aspirations
"LEADERSHIP EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT" features two major components: Classroom Activities and Social Action Projects. These can happen simultaneously or consecutively.
Typical Classroom topics
- Discover Your Leadership Identity
- Neutralize Gender Bias
- Leadership Presence
- Communication Skills
- Cultural Awareness
- Assertiveness Skills
- Networking Skills
- Leading without Authority
- Problem-solving Skills
- Handling Conflict with Courage
- Ethically Leading Change
Each full program is followed by a special program graduation where students share their unique leadership discoveries and journey with family and friends.
Development outcomes are measured by pre- and post self-assessments.
Typical Project STRUCTURE
The social action phase of the program runs for three months. During this time:
- Students select projects which are usually events serving a need at the College or local community.
- Students work in project teams, learning to lead the form, storm, norm and perform stages of teams development.
- Students are assigned mentors, either one-one or one per team to guide students to reflect on their leadership contribution to the team and further develop their leadership identities
- Teams follow a standard project management process to learn the basic steps of project management.
At projects completion students make presentations to the class and College representatives.
Data is kept on the value generated by the projects for the communities served.