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LEAD (Leadership Engagement And Development) is a program at MassBay designed to develop leadership skills that will benefit students throughout college, career, and life. 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 our community, and why it’s vital for our future.
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.
“I had an amazing time meeting new students and faculty at the college. LEAD challenged my perception of what a leader is and made me think about how I live out my own life. It taught me to take time for my own mental health and well-being, and how my reactions affect my life and those around me.
Having the opportunity to organize a civic engagement project (for a cause I was passionate about), was an enriching experience and nothing like I had ever done before. The faculty and staff worked closely with us to make sure our visions materialized. Overall, the LEAD program was a fulfilling experience I will never forget. “
Completed the LEAD Program, Fall 2018
"There are not many college programs that allow students to come together to share their ideas of what it means to be leader. Participants received a solid outline of skills, attitudes, and characteristics leaders should already have or try to obtain. Great Program!"
1-3pm | TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES (Lunch Provided)
We want you to get to know your LEAD cohort! Team bonding brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting. One of the most powerful reasons for team building is to get results. Through a series of planned team bonding activities that are fun and motivational, teams build skills like communication, planning, problem solving and conflict resolution. Team bonding also helps foster genuine connections, deeper discussions and processing.
3-3:30pm | CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT INTRODUCTION
Transformative leaders create impactful change for the betterment of others, our community and society. As a leader, it is important to mobilize, be pro-active, inspire confidence, and believe in yourself and others. LEAD provides you with the opportunity to implement your leadership skills in a civic engagement project within the community. You will be responsible for planning your own group project. Through this project, you will become an active leader in your community.
3:30-4:30pm | PEER MENTOR INTRODUCTION
The ability to mentor others shows true leadership skills such as being an effective listener, providing support, helping others stay on task, set and reach goals and more. Learn about the different opportunities for being a mentor to others on and off campus as well as having your own professional mentor.
4:30-5pm | SELF ASSESSMENT INTRODUCTION
You will complete the Clifton Strength Finders self-assessment. This assessment will help you learn your personal strengths. 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. The LEAD program will help you use those strengths to become an effective leader.
2-2:30pm | CHECK-IN & ICE-BREAKERS (Lunch Provided)
Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort!
2:30-4:30pm | SELF-ASSESSMENT
Now that you have taken your self-assessment, we will help you discover the perfect ways to explain and understand your talents. From your report and our discussion, you will gain the ability to help your team or organization and use your talents to accomplish great things, no matter the situation. You will learn how to aim your talents at anything that comes your way.
4:30-5 pm | CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/PEER MENTOR GROUP WORK
Use this time to work on your Civic Engagement Project or Peer Mentor work
1-1:30pm | ICE-BREAKERS & CHECK-IN (Lunch Provided)
1:30-2:30pm | MINDFULNESS & LISTENING SKILLS
Effective leaders require the ability to focus clearly on the present circumstances and to listen deeply to the perspectives of their team. This presentation teaches the fundamental skills of mindfulness and meditation. These skills are then applied to the tasks of leadership and active listening.
2:30-3:30pm | 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.
3:30-5pm | CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/PEER MENTOR GROUP WORK
Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort!
1:30-3pm | PRESENTING YOUR BEST SELF
In this communication workshop, we will focus on practical tips for improving the way you communicate in the classroom, while interviewing, and in the workforce. Exercises will be geared toward boosting confidence and enhancing body language. We will also work on improving your networking skills to maximize your marketability.
Topics will include:
3-4pm | 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.
4-5pm | CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/PEER MENTOR GROUP WORK
1-2pm | CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/PEER MENTOR PRESENTATIONS (Lunch Provided)
Your final presentation on your Civic Engagement Project or Peer Mentor Work
2-3pm | REFLECTIONS ON LEAD PROGRAM
We will look back at your work and experiences within the LEAD program and reflect on what you have done, challenges you face, and what you have learned.
3-4pm | WRAP-UP & PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES
Congratulations, you have completed the LEAD Program! You will receive your completion certificate and lapel pin.