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L.E.A.D. Student Leadership Program
By completing one of these programs, your certificate will be presented at an end-of-year awards luncheon, with a notation on your official co-curricular transcript.
By getting involved in the L.E.A.D. Student Leadership Program, you will be developing your leadership abilities and skills needed to be a successful contributor in your classes, career, community, as well as your everyday life . Our interactive and educational workshops are free and open to all undergraduate students.
You can attend as many workshops as you like and as often. We can also work with you to make sure you attend the combination of workshops so you can earn a leadership certificate. Each workshop is presented by skilled administrators, faculty, or a peer educator.
By participating in this program, you will:
- Acquire the building blocks for effective leadership
- Learn to take an active leadership role on campus and in the community
- Supplement in-class education with out-of-class experiences and build your resume
- Network with current students, faculty, administrators and staff at the University
- Have your Leadership Development Certificate(s) noted on your official University Co-Curricular Transcript
You can participate in Leadership Certificate Programs in one of two ways: the certificate program and the noncertificate program.
If you have a desire to hold leadership positions in a student organization, improve leadership skills in preparation for your career, or simply for your personal development, please enroll in a Leadership Certificate Programs. All enrolled students must fulfill the appropriate requirements for the respective Leadership Program they join.
Leadership Certificate Programs
- Emerging Leaders Program
- Empower Leadership Program
- Professional Development Program
- Women In Leadership Program
- Capstone Leaders Program
The noncertificate program allows you to participate in any workshops at your discretion and according to your interests. Students in the noncertificate program are not required to attend a prescribed number of workshops; you can select which workshops you attend at your discretion.
Emerging into a student leader through discover of self and networking with others. This Program focuses on the fundamentals of leadership and providing students with opportunities for personal growth and development through interactive workshops.
- Setting Your Personal and Career Goals: Not sure what the future holds for you? Always questioning what your next step should be? Know exactly what you want to do, but aren’t sure how to get there? Come and find out what steps you can take now to make a difference tomorrow!
- Shared Leadership: Are you looking for a new way to lead? Unlike the more traditional definition of leadership which emphasizes the role of a strong leader supervising a group or organization, the emergent model of “shared leadership” encourages teamwork and cooperation. Its philosophy is an integral part of the larger notion of life-long learning in its foundation of service to a group, an organization or society. As a community-based concept, it fosters the emergence of collaboration and peer-to-peer mentoring. With its emphasis on teamwork, participation and the role of community, concepts such as democracy, social justice and diversity are key to the underlying philosophies of shared leadership.
- Visioning from Within: Spiritual Life and Leadership: Examine the strength of leadership that comes from within through prayer, meditation and reflective sharing
- .Career Exploration Night: This Program will provide students with an overview on Career Services that will help you gain valuable hands-on experience to network with professionals. You will learn proper resume format and the importance of resume and cover letter content. You will also learn how to create your Co-Curricular Transcript and will have an opportunity to establish relationships with other Emerging Leaders! Space is limited, so register early!
- Career Fair: Participate in a University Career Fair or Big East Career Fair and begin your search for a future career.
- Experiential Learning – Choose 1 of the following:
- Option 1: Shadowing Program & Reflection: Learn about career prospects and professional work environments through a shadowing experience. Participants will learn first-hand what their mentor does daily in their career, explore the many opportunities available at their workplace, and utilize their networking skills to forge new relationships. The shadowing program takes place typically during Spring Break. Call (718) 990-6375 or stop by the front desk of the University Career Services office located in CCK Hall to schedule a meeting with Jennifer Friary to set up your placement (bring your resume to the meeting).
- Option 2: Informational Interview: Interview someone in your field and submit a Reflection on your experience to LEAD@stjohns.edu. A template of questions will be provided. (**If you do not know anyone in your field to interview, speak to your Career Advisor and they will connect you with someone**)
(chose any 2 workshops from this list)
- Time Management: Overworked? Overtired? Running out of time? Take a “time out” and rejuvenate yourself with this interactive session. Learn quick tools to get back in balance fast and get it all done!
- Leadership and Diversity: Contemporary leaders need to possess the ability to work effectively in diverse environments. This workshop will explore the ways in which diversity skills play a key role in your potency as a leader.
- Study Skills for College: Learn how to organize notes, readings and extra material. Make the most of your study time.
- Values, Ethics, and Morals in Leadership: Sometimes leaders must ethically question their leadership ability when faced with difficult decisions. Learn how to enhance your skills in creating a sound and principled leadership style.
- Plagiarism – Giving Credit Where Credit if Due! Plagiarism is one of the greatest concerns for students when they first come to university. The focus of this workshop is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of what plagiarism actually is and why referencing is so important in the academic environment.
- LEAD Program Assessment (spring semester): Complete an online Assessment at the end of the spring semester to evaluate your involvement and the effectiveness of the Emerging Leadership Program.
This Program empowers you to design it to be whatever you want it to be. This “create-your-own” Program allows you to participate in a variety of workshops and experiences that will facilitate your leadership development in a creative and unique way.
- **CHOOSE 1 of the following 2 workshops
- Conflict Resolution:Many times our inability to confront difficult situations effectively has a negative effect on our relationship with individuals, and in our affiliation with the organization. Many members go inactive or get disheartened by these negative experiences. This workshop will address the communication skills and conflict resolution tactics and strategies, and how leadership principles and knowledge based solutions will positively affect the outcome of difficult scenarios. The workshop is also designed to foster positive self-esteem as students will be given a series of scenarios that will allow them to practice their newly acquired skills.
- Vincentian Leadership: During this workshop, you will be challenged to decipher the traits which make a good leader, reflect upon your own leadership style and learn tools and methods which enable you to serve as both a competent and effective leader. We will further explore how this aligns with our Vincentian tradition, and learn why this style is so necessary in the world we live in today.
- Leading Up, Down, and Across ~ How to Become a 360º Leader: This workshop emphasizes the necessity of solid leadership in all positions responsible for implementing an organization's vision and mission. This training experience empowers leaders to exercise their influence upward to superiors, cross to fellow leaders, and down to members they lead.
- Personal Branding/LinkedIn Lab: Make Your Net Work for You: If someone said to you – Just do it – you’d most likely think…NIKE. If you heard someone say – I’m lovin’ it – you’d say…I love McDonald’s! What would someone think or say when they hear your name? Wish you had a resource to market the unique qualities, marketable skills, and knowledge that you possess in a way that builds a reputation and captures the attention or employees? Want to learn more about building your personal brand? YOU DO!! We invite you to learn more about LinkedIn and COACH Career Connect to secure internships, jobs, and more…don’t miss this event!
- Career Fair: Participate in a University Career Fair or Big East Career Fair and begin your search for a future career.
- Experiential Learning – Community Service: Participate in 5 hours of hands-on Community Service and submit a 1-page Reflection on your service experience to LEAD @stjohns.edu. You can choose any service site you are interested in. For ideas on service sites, contact Student Engagement at 718-990-1420 (or stop by the office located in the Veterans Success Center in Marillac Terrace) or Campus Ministry at 718-990-6255 (office located in Marillac Hall 2nd Floor). You must submit your service hours online through UIS as well.
Choose any 3 leadership workshops that you are interested in from the Leadership Development Calendar (that you have not attended in the past).
- LEAD Program Assessment (spring semester): Complete an online Assessment at the end of the spring semester to evaluate your involvement and the effectiveness of the Empower Leadership Program.
This Program provides training to help students develop and apply professional development skills that will contribute to their success in their personal and professional life.
You will also learn how to prepare for an interview, discover how to answer difficult questions, and practice interview questions through role playing.
Evaluating Job Offers
Congratulations you got the job offer! But how do you know if the offer meets your needs and expectations for job satisfaction? During this session, you will learn about the different aspects of total compensation and how to evaluate an offer to determine a job offer’s true value. You will also learn what to consider when preparing to negotiate components of the job offer.
Backpack to Briefcase
Are you dreaming of your full-time position in your field of choice? Once you've landed the internship or job, what are some "unwritten rules" to help you succeed? During this session, you will identify some key differences between college and professional work environments. You will also explore communication methods and how different co-worker and employer expectations can impact work relationships. You will also leave with tips for communicating with your manager and managing your career for continued success.
Dress to Impress
First impressions are critical! The first thing a potential employer will notice about you is how you are dressed, what your hair looks like, and if you have an overall neat appearance. Attend this event to hear from industry experts what the current trends are for professional attire. Additionally, you will see the latest fashion modeled to give you a real idea of what to wear in a professional setting.
Learn what it takes to make a great first impression and how to navigate through a formal dinner with style. During the meal, students learn the basics of proper dining from use of the napkin, silverware, and glassware to dinner conversation and what to do at the conclusion of the meal. During the three-course meal, a member of the Dining Services professional staff guides participants through the fine dining experience.
Career Advisement Session
This personalized advisement session with your Career Advisor will give you an opportunity to review and update your resume, help you learn how to gain exposure to a specific industry, gain valuable hands-on experience, network with professionals, and provide you with the tools to tackle the challenge of finding your ideal internship/job. To schedule the 1-on-1 meeting with your Career Advisor, please contact (718) 990-6375 (mention this is for L.E.A.D.). **Please bring 2 copies of your resume to this meeting**
Put what you have learned from these workshops into action. Participate in the University Career Fair or Big East Career Fair and begin your search for a future career.
Experiential Learning – Informational Interview
Interview someone in your field and submit a Reflection on your experience to LEAD@stjohns.edu. A template of questions will be provided. (**If you do not know anyone in your field to interview, speak to your Career Advisor and they will connect you with someone**)
LEAD Program Assessment (spring semester)
Complete an online Assessment at the end of the spring semester to evaluate your involvement and the effectiveness of the Professional Development Leadership Program.
The Women In Leadership Program focuses on establishing students’ perspectives on women’s leadership and skill-building. It is designed to empower and inspire women to assess who they are and what their purpose is, become agents of positive change, and develop into student leaders on campus and in the community.
Women in Leadership 101
Stereotypes, expectations, and reality all contribute to discussions of the importance of gender in the leadership arena. Discuss issues concerning how gender affects your decisions and interactions, and what impact it has on your values as a student leader.
Understanding yourself and what motivates you is essential to being an effective leader both in your career and personal life. Do you value solving challenging problems? Creative expression? Affiliation? Adventure? Giving back to the community? Participants will explore the values that are important and prioritize them in life.
Women and Wellness
Going to college does not mean putting yourself last on the list! Learn how to achieve high-level wellness and take a closer look at the health challenges that face women especially while in school. This workshop will help you create new body-mind-spirit habits for school-life balance to reduce the impact of stress on women’s bodies and support your sense of wellbeing.
It takes more than just traditional cognitive intelligence to be successful at work. It also takes emotional intelligence- the ability to restrain negative feelings such as anger and self doubt. This workshop will explore the pros and cons of using our emotions wisely at work.
“It’s On Us” – A conversation about our responsibility to prevent Sexual Violence.
Join us for an engaging conversation where it is safe to say what you really think, while still having fun! We must develop a leadership style that models equality for all. As leaders in the college environment we hold a responsibility to help change the current statistics about sexual violence on campuses around the country. What can we do to make our community safer for all?
Conversations That Inspire: Women In Action
Students have an opportunity to network and engage with other students in the Women In Leadership Program while being inspired and motivated to take action in achieving their personal and career goals from a fellow SJU alum.
Participate in the University Career Fair or Big East Career Fair and begin your search for a future career.
Choose 1 of the following:
- Option 1: Informational Interview
Interview a Female Leader in your field and submit a Reflection on your experience to LEAD@stjohns.edu. A template of questions will be provided. (**If you do not know anyone in your field to interview, speak to your Career Advisor and they will connect you with someone**)
- Option 2: Women’s Leadership Organization Event/Reflection
Attend an event from a Women’s Leadership Organization (a list of events will be provided for you to choose from). Upon completion, submit a Reflection on your experience at the event to LEAD@stjohns.edu.
LEAD Program Assessment (spring semester)
Complete an online Assessment at the end of the spring semester to evaluate your involvement and the effectiveness of the Women in Leadership Program.
The Women in Leadership Conference inspires leaders to become more aware of their potential in taking the L.E.A.D. Conference sessions explore how women leaders define their perspectives and values, service, wellness, and personal and professional development while incorporating these values into work and life. The knowledge and discussions from this conference will encourage you to take action and improve local and global communities.
Capstone Leaders put what they have learned into action by serving as Leadership mentors and student facilitators. This Program is designed for students who have completed 2 of our Leadership Development Programs, want to further their leadership development, and serve as student mentors.
Leadership Mentor at Leadership Meet & Greet or Campus Activities Fair
What better way to help recruit future leaders than to promote L.E.A.D. at the Leadership Meet & Greet or Campus Activities Fair!! Come share your experiences, express the importance of getting involved in L.E.A.D., and speak about how L.E.A.D. has helped in your development as a Student Leader on campus!! To sign up, please email LEAD@stjohns.edu.
Meet and Connect with one another as a Capstone Leader cohort and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration through discussions about the Capstone Leadership Project. You will also learn about how to take the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) from a Career Services Advisor.
Let’s Talk Money
Teaches students how to navigate in the current economy, the basics of money management and why it is so important to have a spending plan. In addition, students can learn about debit cards, credit, student loans and how to protect themselves from identity theft.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and 1-on-1 Meeting with Career Services Advisor (fall semester)
Take the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) by November 1st and then meet 1-on-1 with a Career Services Advisor to discuss your Inventory results and highlight transferrable skills learned from sessions when applying/interviewing for future internship/job opportunities. To schedule your meeting with Jennifer Friary, please call (718) 990-6375 or stop by the front desk of the University Career Services office located in CCK Hall.
Co-Facilitation of a Leadership workshop
Using your presentation skills, co-facilitate a minimum of 2 Leadership workshops from the Leadership Development Calendar throughout the year (preferably 1 each semester). Evaluation Summaries of your workshop will be provided after your session. Contact Natalie Maio at email@example.com to schedule these workshops.
Put what you have learned from the workshops into action. Participate in the University Career Fair or Big East Career Fair and begin your search for a future career.
Experiential Learning – Capstone Leadership Project
In teams of 3-4 people, using research, you will create an interactive and innovative workshop on a current leadership topic relevant to college students that will aid in their personal, professional, and career development. Topics must be submitted for approval by November 15th and you will present your Final Project to the Leadership Task Force Committee in March 2016 (The best presentation selected will be used for future leadership programs).
Capstone Self-Reflection Project (Spring Semester):
A way to highlight what you have learned about leadership and yourself through this Program.Write a 2-3 page Reflection Paper or create a PowerPoint Presentation. Please include detailed responses to the following:.
- Provide a brief definition of what the term “leadership” means to you.
- What is your leadership philosophy (understanding of leadership) and how did this Program Certificate and its workshops contribute to your philosophy and personal leadership style?
- How can you use the information learned to be a more effective leader? In what areas do you need to continue to grow?
- What did you learn about your personal strengths and values and how they relate to leadership?
- Describe how you specifically apply what you have learned from this Program in the future?
LEAD Program Assessment (spring semester)
Complete an online Assessment at the end of the spring semester to evaluate the effectiveness of the Capstone Leadership Program and your overall involvement within LEAD.