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Leadership Engagement And Development (LEAD)

DEFINITION OF LEADERSHIP:

At MassBay we define leadership as the ability to understand and utilize your individual talents, and also to effectively influence your team to accomplish a goal. Leadership should be the modest and genuine expression of your unique personality to effect positive change for the betterment of others, our community, and society. There is no one-size fits all methodology to leadership.

Info Sessions:

Come find out what the LEAD Program is all about. You will learn about the program benefits and requirements and get all of your questions answered.

Tues., Jan 231-2pmFramingham Room 322
Wed., Jan 241-2pmWellesley Alumni Board Room
Thurs., Jan 2511am-1pmWellesley Info Table at Club Fair
Tues., Jan 3011am-1pmFramingham Info table at Club Fair
Thurs., Feb 112:30 -1:30pmWellesley Alumni Board Room
AT MASSBAY, WE BELIEVE LEADERSHIP IS…
  • Obtainable by all students (every student can be a leader)
  • A process, not a position
  • Skills that can be developed
  • Different for everyone (there are all types of roles/positions that leaders can fulfill)
  • Activities that have positive impacts on both personal and professional goals
  • Something that occurs in many varieties of groups and settings
  • Building an independent identity
WHY WE EXIST:

The LEAD Program exists to inspire all students to effect positive change through self-exploration, including the positive impact they can have in a group and its community, and why that's vital for our future.

MISSION:

To foster individual growth and development for student success, develop leadership skills, engage in activities that foster ethical behavior, build an inclusive community, demonstrate social responsibility, and inspire a commitment to excellence.

BENEFITS OF THE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM:
  • Gain practical experience in cooperative teamwork, creative problem solving, and being an effective leader
  • Further develop self-awareness and interpersonal skills, and learn about group dynamics
  • Develop relationships with other students, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Have fun!
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
  • To provide resources for students to enhance or develop their leadership skills
  • To allow students to make the most out of their co-curricular involvement
  • To build self-confidence
  • To expose students to strategic planning and goal setting
  • To introduce the skills necessary for students to be successful in leadership positions on and off campus
  • To train students to use effective problem solving methods
  • To encourage team work and effective delegation techniques
  • To add market value to graduating students
  • To motivate, empower, and coach students to be effective leaders
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
  • Identify the concept of leadership as a learned process that one engages in to effect positive change in the community and society
  • Cultivate a higher level of self-awareness
  • Influence and work collaboratively with others toward a common goal, regardless of background and experiences
  • Demonstrate effective social interaction skills appropriate to the occasion, task, and audience.
  • Demonstrate accountability for one's decisions and actions
  • Master progressive leadership skills, including but not limited to communication skills, listening skills time management, programming, task delegation, conflict management and peer mentoring
PROGRAM OUTLINE/REQUIREMENTS:
STEP 1: SELF-ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP/KICKOFF

All participants will be required to attend the kickoff & self-assessment workshop on developing their own personal leadership philosophy and style.  We will be using The Student Leadership Competencies Inventory, which allows you to take short assessments to measure your proficiency levels in each of the 8 competency clusters.

  • Learning and Reasoning
  • Self-Awareness & Development
  • Interpersonal Interaction
  • Group Dynamics
  • Communication
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Personal Behavior
  • Strategic Planning

Taking this inventory at the beginning of the LEAD Program will allow you to get an idea of what areas are strengths and what areas might need enhancement in your leadership journey.

STEP 2: COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP

We are offering 3 different workshop options in the communication category, please select ONE option.

OPTION 1: Public Speaking/Presenting

During this communication skills workshop we'll focus on practical tips for improving the way you communicate in and out of the classroom. Exercises will be geared toward boosting your confidence and enhancing your body language while presenting.

OPTION 2: Professional Communication & Networking

In this workshop you will learn how to communicate and navigate in person and online to grow your professional connections that will expand your network. 

Topics will include:

  • What is Networking?
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Phone and email etiquette
  • Social media, reputation and privacy
  • How to utilize technological tools for career success

OPTION 3: Interpersonal/Listening Skills

This workshop will teach the skills necessary to engage in active listening. The ability to listen deeply and to connect with others is a cornerstone of effective leadership in any setting. Participants will learn the essential techniques and have the opportunity to practice the skills with others.

STEP 3: GROUP DYNAMICS/PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

We are offering 3 different workshop options in the Group Dynamics & Project Management category, please select ONE option & time to attend.

OPTION 1: Understanding Group Dynamics:

An effective leader needs to be able to understand the different roles that occur in a group setting and to think about how to work with these different styles and roles.  During this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon the role you often play in group settings and to begin to consider the different roles others play.  This knowledge will provide you with a lot of valuable information and knowledge to allow you to be a more effective leader.

OPTION 2: Project Management: Turning an Idea into Reality:

Have you been asked to lead an event or meeting for your class, organization or job? Don’t know where to start? Are you responsible for developing a budget & strategy for your event or meeting and need help? Do you need to market your event, draw an audience and don’t know exactly how? At this workshop, you will learn how effectively lead a group or team to accomplish a set goal.

OPTION 3: Conflict Resolution: Creating an inclusive team

Join us for an interactive workshop on conflict resolution and creating an inclusive team.  Participants will learn and practice skills in de-escalating and mediating cross-cultural conflicts, providing and accepting feedback and constructive criticism, and understanding their role in a group setting. In addition, participants will learn how to create a symbiotic space in a group setting both in and outside of the classroom.

 

You will be required to complete the following:

  • Turn in the Project Proposal Form for approval
  • Complete your approved project by April 20th, 2018
  • Submit a reflection paper by April 30th, 2018 that follows these guidelines:
    • A minimum of one page reflecting on what you learned from your Civic Engagement Project
    • Feel free to tie in anything that you learned in the LEAD Program that helped you with facilitating the project.
    • Be sure to include content on three focus areas: affect; behavior and cognition (see explanations below)
      • Affect - The first component of the ABCs of reflection is affect, which involves the exploration of feelings and emotions. Please examine your comfort level during the Project. No judgements!
      • Behavior - The second dimension of reflection is behavior, which is conceptualized as action. Go beyond merely reporting the chronological events of your experience. Reflect on how you behaved in the past given similar circumstances. Also, how might behave in the future as a result of your experience with this Project.
      • Cognition - The final component of the ABCs of reflection is Cognition. Provide an indication of your understanding of what you learned in the LEAD Program that you were able to apply during the Project.

*Once you have completed the 3 steps and the Civic Engagement Project, you have completed the Leadership Program!

A new workshop schedule will be created each semester, so students may complete the program over multiple semesters.  Certificates for completing the program will be given out during the Student Engagement IMPACT Awards in May each year.  In order to receive an invitation to the awards night and your certificate in May, all requirements must be completed by April 30th.