Leadership Scholars Seminars Descriptions

Core Seminars

Exploring Leadership
Your unique experiences have shaped your view of yourself as a leader or as a member of a group. Through engaging dialogue, individual reflection, and group activities this seminar will explore how you see yourself in relation to others and how you prefer to interact with others in group settings. The theme of this seminar will emphasize relationships as the foundation of leadership which includes elements of being purposeful, inclusive, ethical, and empowering. Learning will also serve as a core principle of leadership and highlights learning about yourself, the people around you, and your community in order to make a difference. This is a great seminar to follow the Connections program or for students who are interested in exploring leadership from a relational perspective.

Ethical Leadership
Develop your capacity to act as an ethical leader through real world examples, interactive role plays, and impromptu exercises. During our time together, you will identify and examine your personal ethics, learn to trust your judgment, while taking viewpoints of others seriously. Most importantly you will engage in ethical-decision making processes that will allow you to put theory to practice.

Elective Seminars

Community Action
It’s not enough to be a part of a community. You have to be a contributor, a change agent, a mover and a shaker. By working with your group, you’ll see that service, social conscience, and action can be easily incorporated into your life. You might just be surprised to see how much you gain and learn from serving your community. Start your Social Change Leadership exploration with Community Action.

Inclusive Leadership
Students will learn how their actions and use of language affect others. Students will have opportunities to discuss and practice skills to help become more inclusive leaders within their groups and organizations.

Philosophy of Leadership
This historical look at leadership will provide insight to the trends of leadership over the ages and the foundation of contemporary leadership theory. This course will allow students to cultivate their personal definition of leadership by combining practical application, personal reflection, and critique to expose historical leadership perspectives.

5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership
This seminar delves into the 5 practices for exemplary leaders by utilizing the Student Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. The 5 practices are: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart. Whether you are a student organization leader or are just wanting to increase your leadership potential, this is a great seminar for you to take to better understand and utilize these practices as well as receive an assessment through the Leadership Practices Inventory.

Creativity in Leadership
Good leaders create. Great leaders use creativity to make a difference. And just like leadership, creativity is something that can (and should) be developed. This eight-week class will look at the ways we can be more creative and lead more creatively. Classes will focus on creative theory, creative problem solving, and putting creativity into action from concept to implementation. Come work with us as we creatively impact the world around us.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
The emotional centers of the brain are integrally involved in our reasoning and decision-making. Emotions are inextricably interwoven with our feelings of motivation to do or not do things, our attitudes about how we should or should not do them, and our reactions to challenges, setbacks, and accomplishments. To ignore or minimize the significance of emotions in any aspect of our lives – career, financial, family, community – only makes things more complicated and stressful. This does not mean that to be an emotionally intelligent leader one must become a “touchy-feely” type. No matter what sort of personality you have, this seminar will help you identify and develop your skills in identifying emotions, using emotions to facilitate thinking, understanding emotions, and managing emotions.

Gender and Leadership
This course will give students the tools needed to grow as leaders with special attention paid to gender and gender roles. Through interactive sessions, self-reflection and discussion students will further understand the connection between gender and leadership while developing strategies to lead effectively. The course seeks to develop gender conscious leaders who are able to understand and navigate the complex balance between gender, power, privilege and leadership.

Global Leadership
The Global Leadership class focuses on a practical approach to global citizenry using campus resources, area speakers and organizations. Students will meet individuals who have practiced global leadership abroad as well as in their local communities. At the conclusion of the seminar, students will have strategies to maximize their global leadership experience in a practical, marketable way.

The Healthy Leader Within
Would you follow someone who seems unstable or unhealthy? Would you trust someone’s leadership when they can’t seem to manage their personal life? What does it mean to be healthy as a leader from a holistic perspective – spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially? Each of these areas is an important part of who we are as a whole person. When we neglect to be intentional about addressing each of these areas we become unbalanced and unhealthy, therefore making us ineffective in our leadership and impacting those who follow us. In this seminar we’ll take a closer look at each of these areas and develop strategies on how you can be healthier from a holistic perspective. We’ll also look at how this impacts your ability to lead and the implications for those you are leading. It’s been said that “we should lead by example.” Are you currently modeling what it means to be a healthy leader?

Inward Bound
Leadership is an inside job. So much of what we choose to do or not do as leaders comes from what’s going on inside of us—who we are, what we believe about ourselves and others, our values, our personal history, our sense of what’s right, and other similar issues and concerns. This one day seminar is an opportunity to reflect and act on the fact that identity influences action. You will have the opportunity to explore your values more deeply and identify the ways in which those values influence your work with others.

Leadership in Film
If you know where to look, examples of great leadership are all around you, including at the movies. During this seminar you’ll learn how to read a movie – how to take it apart and examine its characters, plot, point of view, and leadership lessons, and then how to apply what you’ve learned to your own personal leadership. Each week is a different movie and a different aspect of leadership, so bring your popcorn and come prepared to debate whether Hollywood has anything to teach us about what it means to lead well.

Leadership in Philanthropy
The Leadership in Philanthropy course will explore the meaning of philanthropy and its role in making a positive impact in your community. Students will have an opportunity to gain a stronger understanding of the philanthropic process and will develop a plan to identify need within their community and align this need with their personal or organizational interest or passion. Students will learn how to apply information from this class to develop or implement philanthropy within their identified community.

Leading Through Dialogue
Are you tired of seeing politicians, community leaders, and others do nothing but argue and fight about their differences? Would you like to be part of overcoming this problem in our society? Dialogue sometimes seems to be a dying art, yet it remains vitally important for learning, relationships, citizenship and leadership. Discover what dialogue is, how to do it, and how to help lead it for others.

Reflective Practice in Leadership
Reflective practice is used by leaders to assess their experiences, decisions, and actions. It facilitates the development of insight and the discovery of meaning. In short, it is about learning from what we have just done and using that as a foundation for what we will do in the future. This highly interactive seminar will introduce a simple yet effective process of reflective practice for individuals and reflective dialogue between two or more people.

Social Identities and the Dynamics of Leadership
In today’s increasingly diverse and complex society, it is important for leaders to understand themselves and how they function in the world. Most leadership courses focus on understanding personal strengths, motivations, and values. However, with the changing world, leaders must also gain knowledge of their social identities – categories such as gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation – and how these identities affect the dynamics of leadership in different organizations and in society. This course will help students explore backgrounds, experiences, and social identities of themselves and others and discover how social identities affect leadership.

Spirituality and Leadership
This class will explore living and leading with a heart, supporting each other’s gifts, listening deeply to the diversity of perspectives, and getting in touch with one’s own values and principles. Spirituality and Leadership work together to bridge your personal values and beliefs with your actions and, in turn, foster a holistic, healthy person.

Strengths-based Leadership
The Strengths & Leadership class will engage you in interactive learning designed to help you gain insight on the StrengthsQuest Philosophy, develop an understanding of your Top 5 Signature Themes and discover ways to utilize these Themes to positively impact your life. Special attention will be given to the development of natural talents and Themes in your role as a student leader.

Vocation and Ambition
One of the dilemmas many of us face in life is the tension we feel about what we ought to do with our lives. Should we climb the corporate ladder, find success and make lots of money, or should we seek fulfillment and meaning in serving others and working to transform the world? Can we do both? In this course we will explore the possibility of seeking meaningful work in a world where success is often defined by the kind of car we drive or the size of the house we live in. We will explore these questions by closely examining the ideas of ambition (strong desire for achievement) and vocation (seeking to follow one’s calling).