Today’s graduates will experience change at an unprecedented pace over the course of their lifetimes. They will probably not have just one career, but perhaps many. To cope with this kind of change, they will need leadership skills, self-confidence and a sense of purpose coupled with adaptability. The Greater Expectations report by AAC&U argues that a degree alone is not what students need to be competitive in contemporary society; rather students need opportunities to develop twenty first century skills such as leadership.
Ways to Get Involved
What is Leadership? This question has been discussed for centuries. There are over 200 definitions of the words “leadership” and “leader.” At UNCG, we have several beliefs about leadership and have even defined what we believe makes the ideal leader:
- Leadership is not a choice…how well you lead is.
- Everyone at some point in his or her life will be expected to lead…He or she will lead well or lead poorly.
- Leadership can be, but is not necessarily, positional. You don’t have to be the President of an organization to be considered a leader.
- A leader is someone who helps initiate action or change.
- Leadership is Action.
All leadership programs at UNCG are based on the UNCG Leadership Framework made up of the following eight competencies:
- Self-Awareness/Self Management
- Relationship/Group Development
- Task Management
- Creative Visioning
- Effective Communication
- Intercultural Knowledge
- Community Engagement
- Ethical Decisions
- Employers have ranked leadership skills among the most desirable skills
- Our communities need leaders who will impact positive change
- Through leadership training, students develop a strong sense of who they are through self discovery and personal empowerment
- Students develop confidence and resilience