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LEAD | Leadership Engagement And Development

Students in LEAD Program

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.

 

 

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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.

    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

     

    Testimonials from Past Participants

    “I still remember, when I first got nominated for LEAD last Fall, how I wasn’t so sure about how the virtual program experience would turn out to be; and today, am so happy and thankful for having undergone this amazing program and for my very own LEAD experience.

    The program has made me realize the importance and potential of a TEAM, of having open communications and how one attains true success when everyone is really working to their strengths. I appreciate all the different sessions, the real-life experiences shared as well as the theory behind this well-planned, informative session.”

    — Dolon Bose
    Completed the LEAD Program, Fall 2020


    “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.”

    — Lindsay Morgan
    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!”

    — Emmanuelle Djl
    Completed the LEAD Program, Fall 2018

     

    The Deadline to Apply for the Fall 2021 semester is Friday, October 1

    APPLY TO BE PART OF THE Fall 2021 LEAD PROGRAM →

    NOMINATE A STUDENT FOR THE LEAD PROGRAM →

     

    Fall 2021 Required Workshop Dates and Times

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Schleicher, Coordinator of Student Engagement at jschleicher@massbay.edu.

    SESSION 1: Friday, October 8 | 1-3:30pm

    1-3pm | TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES
    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 | 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.

    SESSION 2: Friday, October 22 | 1-3:30pm

    1-2 pm | TEAM BUILDING and CHECK-IN
    Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort and work on team building exercises!

    2-3:30pm | FINANCIAL LITERACY: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MANAGING YOUR CREDIT
    Credit cards offer convenience and can be a huge help to building a credit profile, but they can also be a source of misuse. This workshop provides insights on how to manage credit cards, their hidden costs, and tips to avoid credit card traps. Learn about credit reports and credit scores and what steps you can take to improve your financial standing.

    SESSION 3: Friday, October 29 | 1-3:30pm

    1-2pm | TEAM BUILDING and CHECK-IN
    Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort and work on team building exercises!

    2-3:30pm | 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.

    SESSION 4: Friday, November 5 | 1-3:30pm

    1-1:30pm | TEAM BUILDING and CHECK-IN
    Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort and work on team building exercises!

    1:30-3:30pm | 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:

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

    SESSION 5: Friday, November 19 | 1-3:30pm

    1-1:45pm | TEAM BUILDING and CHECK-IN
    Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort and work on team building exercises!

    1:45-2:30pm | 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.

    2:30-3:30pm | PEER EDUCATION BYSTANDER TRAINING
    Lisa MacDonald, Director of Equity Compliance and student Peer Educators will provide an overview of what Equity Compliance means at MassBay, with an emphasis on how students can seek services for themselves or a friend that may have experienced any type of harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct. Confidential resources both on and off campus will be provided.

    SESSION 6: Friday, December 3 | 1-3:30pm

    1-1:30pm | TEAM BUILDING and CHECK-IN
    Continue to get to know your LEAD cohort and work on team building exercises!

    1:30-2:45pm | LEADERSHIP, BALANCING AND PRIORITIZING
    When you decide to be a leader of an organization, project of a team this results in more work to do — which is great — as you choose to be a leader because of your passion and commitment to making your community stronger. Good leaders need to know how to prioritize and how to balance their new responsibilities with the daily activities. During this interactive workshop we will talk about self-care, prioritizing and attempting to find balance.

    2:45-3:30pm | MINDFULNESS and 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.

    SESSION 7: Friday, December 10 | 1-3pm

    1-2pm | FINAL PRESENTATIONS
    Your final presentation on your experience in the program.

    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 faced, and what you have learned.