TCU LEADERSHIP CENTER

Taking our cue from TCU’s Mission Statement, the Leadership Center prepares individuals to become ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community by providing opportunities to create positive change…in themselves, on campus, in the community, and around the world.

 

Right now we all could use some encouragement, let’s provide some to our TCU community. Nominate a fellow Horned Frog who has demonstrated leadership, and recognize everyday leaders in your life. Nominated students will be recognized monthly and be considered for the Pillars of University Leadership Award at the April 2021 Celebration of University Leadership.

Leadership Summit

Join the TCU Leadership Center on Friday, September 25, 2020 for the first annual Leadership Summit from 2-4pm online. The world in 2020 looks very different from where it did when we started this year and leaders need to adapt. We will tackle big questions about how leadership principles and techniques can look in a virtual and physically distanced world.

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Leadership Scholars

Open to all students, this leadership development program is designed to allow students to learn, engage with leadership concepts, and apply them in everyday life. Students that complete the 5 leadership credits will receive a leadership medallion to wear at graduation.

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Leadership Center Programs

Interested in learning more about leadership?  Want to engage in this learning on your time?  Then take a minute to check out ‘Leadership on Demand’ as a part of the TCU Leadership Center.  Leadership on Demand is a simple and easy way for you to continue your journey of leadership with any group or organization you are a part of.  We have facilitator guides prepared so that you can walk your group through any number of leadership lessons on a day and time that works for you!  As a bonus, if you complete 3 Leadership on Demand sessions you can receive an elective credit for the ‘Leadership Scholars’ program.  We have content on Personal Development, Communication, Teams & Groups, and DEI!  Check out our menu and let us know what you want by emailing leadership@tcu.edu

 

The Inner Game of Stress (Book)

W. Timothy Gallwey teams up with two esteemed physicians to offer a unique and empowering guide to mental health in today’s volatile world. The Inner Game of Stress applies the trusted principles of Gallwey’s wildly popular Inner Game series – and shows us how to access our inner resources to maintain stability and achieve success.

Stress attacks every aspect of our well-being. Gallwey explains how negative self-talk undermines us, making us believe that pressure is inevitable and that other people’s expectations are paramount–which leaves us feeling helpless and unhappy. But as Gallwey shows, we have the means to build a shield against stress with our abilities to take childlike pleasure in learning new skills, to properly and healthily rest and relax, and to trust in our own good judgment. With his trademark mix of case histories and interactive worksheets, Gallwey helps us to tap into these inner strengths, giving us these invaluable tools.

 

The Sweet Spot by Christine Carter (Book)

Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkley’s Greater Good Science Center, tests various strategies claiming to bolster happiness, productivity, and performance. She shares her research based tips on how to say no, how to make decision, how to rest and relax, how to use technology and how to increase positive emotions.

The Power of Vulnerability (TedTalk)

https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

 

10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation (Ted Talk)

https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have_a_better_conversation?language=en

NPR journalist, Celeste Headlee, has decades of interviewing experience and has learned the secrets to great communication.  She shares her ten tips for having better conversation in this Ted Talk.

The Secrets of Great Teamwork (HBR article)

https://hbr.org/2016/06/the-secrets-of-great-teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.

 

A Guide to Collaborative Leadership (Ted Talk)

https://www.ted.com/talks/lorna_davis_a_guide_to_collaborative_leadership#t-840724

Lorna Davis is a big business leader from New Zealand who recalls the pitfalls of ‘heroic leadership’ in which we play it safe and go it alone.  She calls for ‘radical interdependence’ to understand how we build successful collaborations and how that creates the most innovative solutions that are badly needed in an ever complex world.

The Power of Diversity Within Yourself (TedTalk)

https://www.ted.com/talks/rebeca_hwang_the_power_of_diversity_within_yourself

Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities — Korean heritage, Argentinian upbringing, education in the United States — and for a long time she had difficulty finding a place in the world to call home. Yet along with these challenges came a pivotal realization: that a diverse background is a distinct advantage in today’s globalized world. In this personal talk, Hwang reveals the endless benefits of embracing our complex identities — and shares her hopes for creating a world where identities aren’t used to alienate but to bring people together instead.

 

Scene On Radio Season 4: The Land that Never Has Been Yet     (Podcast)

https://www.sceneonradio.org/the-land-that-never-has-been-yet/

Season 2- Seeing White and Season 3 – Men can also be used with the guidance to more deeply explore race and gender. 

This twelve part podcast series from the Center for Documentary Studies out of Duke University will explore current cultural questions through the context of American history and exactly we got here.

Our Mentee application is open now! Check out our Engage page for more info!

The selection process begins with an application, due on Sunday, Nov 1. Details can be found on our Engage page!

Connections helps new students develop leadership skills and build a strong sense of community in their first year on campus. Connections Mentees engage in discussions and activities about their personal values and strengths while creating meaningful relationships with peers and upperclassmen. Mentees have the opportunity to put their leadership skills to test through working together towards a campus-wide project.

Connections occurs on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 – 5 pm,  every week in Spring 2021. You must be available during this time each week to participate in the program. Our scheduled dates are:

    • Wed, Nov 11 – optional welcome week
    • Wed, Jan 27 through Wed, April 28

For more information email our Executive Director, o.ramsey@tcu.edu.

CliftonStrengths gives students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents–the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals. Grounded in Positive Psychology, CliftonStrengths is used at more than 600 schools and universities and has helped more than 2 million people achieve academic, career, and personal success (gallupstrengthscenter.com).

Request a Strengths workshop for a class or organization!

Each year the TCU Leadership Center distributes more than 1,000 Strengths codes to members of the TCU community with the goal of creating a unified way to discuss our strengths and personal talents. The “Strengths Philosophy” provides students and educators the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents in:

 

Academics – Thrive in your academic career by leveraging your talents to approach your coursework through a focus on what you naturally do well.

Relationships – Viewing your relationships with friends, family, roommates and professors through the lens of strengths can give you a new perspective on how you relate to and understand the people in your life.

Leadership – Learning and emerging as a leader is a process that takes knowledge, skills, and practice. It requires you to be intentional in how you use your talents.

To request your code, please email leadership@tcu.edu.

 

The Leadership Center provides workshops and individual coaching to help connect strengths to coursework, team projects or personal and professional development.

  • Helping teams meet their goals by learning the diverse strengths of their members.
  • Developing a dynamic team that welcomes, values, and leverages strengths.
  • Giving tools and opportunities to develop individual strengths.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Program (CLP) is a leadership development program guided by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.

TCU campus commons, showing Frog Fountain and Scharbauer Hall..Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter, October 31, 2017

Open to all majors, CLP offers a co-curricular, multi-year, guided cohort experience for students who commit to learning how leadership development will contribute to their education and their communities.

Students selected for CLP participate in a weekly seminar held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm that beings in the fall of their second year. Throughout the program CLP Fellows are expected to complete a number of activities including identifying their leadership style and strengths, participating in leadership retreats, creating meaningful dialogue with their cohort peers, active community service, and the completion of a Social Change Legacy Project. The Social Change Legacy Project provides students with an opportunity to create lasting social changing in their communities focusing on a social topic of their choice. Fellows are assigned a CLP Cohort Advisor whose role is to facilitate seminars and meet with each Fellow regularly to discuss additional opportunities for personal leadership growth.

CLP APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS

The application process for the newest cohort will begin in March.

  • We will hold information sessions to provide interested students with more details
  • Completed applications are reviewed by TCU Leadership staff and the CLP student Director Board
  • Applicants will be invited to participate in an interview
  • Decisions and notifications will be sent via email
  • The newly selected cohort will begin the program in the fall of the following year.

Application requirements for the Chancellor’s Leadership Program:

  • First year students or transfer students (who aplan to be at TCU for at least another 5 semesters)
  • Online application, including reference information 

NOTE: Students selected for CLP will be REQUIRED to attend a weekly seminar (on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm).

Dates will be provided if you are selected for the program.

Contact the TCU Leadership Center at leadership@tcu.edu with any questions concerning applications and recommendations.

LeaderKids is a unique service based leadership opportunity for TCU students to act as mentors for 8th graders in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). By collaborating with Leadership Fort Worth and FWISD, TCU is able to bridge the gap in leadership development of 8th graders. Whether it is in monthly meetings with the 8th graders or through internship/training opportunities with Leadership Fort Worth and the TCU Leadership Center, students will be challenged to grow their knowledge and skills of leadership.

Lead NOW (Network of Women) is a program that builds a community of acceptance and support in which women can be seen as authentic leaders and multi-faceted individuals.  Program advisors along with a Director Board of current TCU Students create intimate experiences for each new cohort of women through personal outreach and a nomination process to invite new students to the program cornerstone retreat.  After retreat attendance Lead NOW members are able to participate in service events, speaker series, and leadership discussions and access the collaboration network with other women’s organizations on campus.

There is traditionally one Lead NOW retreat per semester and interested students can contact Lindsay.knight@tcu.edu for more information.  In the order to limit the spread of Covid 19, there will be no retreat during the Fall of 2020. Interested students can request more information about what the retreat will look like in Spring 2021.

Intentional Dialogue

What is Intentional Dialogue Training?
The mission of Intentional Dialogue Training is to facilitate opportunities for meaningful dialogue among diverse members of the TCU campus in order to support a more inclusive, connected, and vibrant community.