|A Launch Toward Leadership: There's a New Leadership Institute on Campus
The Student Activities & Engagement staff recently launched a new program for students interested in developing their leadership skills.
The office is now offering a series called the Lebanon Valley College Leadership Institute. The non-credit program will aid students in developing their skills as leaders and although it is a non-credit opportunity, students seeking certification will see the accomplishment on their academic transcript. Certification is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but all students are invited to attend the sessions.
A total of 11 sessions will be held and six are required to seek certification. Four of the six sessions must be from the Leadership Institute events, but the two others can be Colloquium events, multicultural events, or lectures on campus in which the student feels they have learned about their leadership by attending.
A leadership portfolio is the last component of the certification. It aids the student in giving thought to their personal leadership philosophy and allows them to develop their personal leadership plan.
“The work I’m asking them to do is not just busy work, but is something that will be a benefit to them and to a potential employer. This way, they can say ‘I have extensive leadership skills,’ and they can show the employer their portfolio which will help them understand the student as a leader,” said Todd Snovel, assistant director of Student Activities & Engagement. “It is an accomplishment they can definitely put on their résumé.”
LVC Leadership Institute will utilize community professionals to help students gain insight into how leadership skills can help them excel in their future endeavors.
“We are actually bringing in people from the fields that can say, ‘Here is how I use my leadership ability,’” Snovel continued.
Some of the speakers set to present sessions include a communications director , a local judge, educators, professionals in politics, and a panel of CEOs and business owners.
“I want this program to benefit the student as a whole. It’s not just about community service, getting the job you want, or about handling conflict. I want a program that covers all those topics and benefits the student so they are developing as a person, an individual, and a civic-minded community member,” Snovel said.
Session topics include:
What is leadership?/Leadership theory
What makes a leader?/What makes a follower?
Ethics and leadership
Women and leadership
Strengthening your communication skills
Prejudice: inherited, inherent or inevitable?
Leadership through mentoring
Working with diverse teams
Life lessons in leadership
The new program replaces the EDGE program, which presented a variety of certificates to participants.
“The EDGE program had a lot of good information, but it was a whole series of different certifications,” said Snovel. “There were so many different characteristics that it was difficult to grasp for some students. We are trying to make the new program very user-friendly.”