“The Leadership Challenge”© Training program
Based on (a) an understanding of the program materials and (b) a processing of this content through the discussion of case studies and personal experience in the context of leadership situations, the students will develop and clearly articulate the critical components of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership as set forth by the Authors of The Student Leadership Challenge. This will be evidenced by:
Achieving greater clarity around their personal understanding and practice of leadership as it relates to effectiveness.
Discover the value of timely and accurate feedback in establishing a baseline for leadership effectiveness.
Connect one's individual leadership capacity to individual, group and/or community outcomes.
Reflect upon and articulate one's leadership capacity in light of one's track-record of leadership effectiveness.
Program Design and Delivery:
Each quarter, the ““The Leadership Challenge”© training module will provide Leadership Development training for students from ages 17-23 who are in college with a desire to deepen their understanding of leadership and improve their leadership effectiveness. The Program will take a maximum of 15 students for each session to reduce facilitator to student ratio and increase overall program effectiveness.
The class size and dynamics will determine appropriate program content delivery. The trainings will take place on four Saturday’s of each respective quarter in an open format between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 (Lunch and two breaks) p.m. at a community partner organization’s building (i.e., Urban League, Office buildings, etc) to establish community partnerships and reduce programmatic costs. The participants will be given workbooks and will receive a free continental breakfast during the hours of the programmatic training.
The trainings will cover a breadth of Leadership topics, but specifically will cover the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, (a) Model the Way, (b) Inspire a Shared Vision, (c) Challenge the Process, (d) Enable others to Act, and (e) Encourage the Heart. The initial foundational curriculum that will be used is called, “The Student Leadership Challenge” The totality of the curriculum will cover 8 sessions spread over four weeks in two hour segments. Trained facilitators certified in the SLPI curriculum will facilitate the session trainings. The students will be recognized after successfully completing a four week module in the program.
This training module is pivotal to our organization because it helps us carry out our vision of equipping and providing the on-going development of young men and women who will positively impact, families, communities, society, and ultimately the world through, The Five Practices of Leadership. Our intent in forming the “The Leadership Challenge”© training module is to do more than create a “feel good” program, but an action oriented delivery model that is viable, robust, and capable of longevity, while not simply offering a duplication of existing social services.
For this reason, the “The Leadership Challenge”© training module will focus upon cultivating and maintaining positive leadership characteristics and practices through curriculum supported training and group based activities. This education component focuses upon training and equipping the next generation of society’s leaders with skill sets to compete in the changing landscapes of business, interpersonal relationships, and community involvement.
The program’s success will be measured and evaluated against the overall program objective of improving the students' understanding of effective leadership. A secondary objective will be their ability to demonstrate and implement the five practices of exemplary leadership associated with The Student Leadership Challenge curriculum. The results from the student’s pre and post session instrumental findings will also provide a window of understanding into the overall effectiveness of the program.
Students will initially take the LPi Survey Instrument to assess the student’s baseline perspective in relation to their own leadership style concerning effective leadership. The assessment tool will also be administered to a minimum of 8 of the participant’s peers (360 degree Feedback) to garner their understanding of the Student’s leadership behaviors. The assessment tool will be administered both pre and post sessions (See section, for program evaluation). A follow-up assessment will also take place at the six month and the 12th month to assess the participant’s responses’ to the training and to determine variance through statistical analysis of variance. This will allow a greater understanding of program efficacy.