My IP goals for 2013 - 2014 are centered around the Tactics of Leadership class offered to first year Leadership Institute students.
One of the main goals of the first year L.I. class is to help students learn to understand themselves and understand others. Preferred learning and working styles, Emotional Intelligence Quotient and multiple intelligences are all explored for this purpose. With this understanding in place, students may better identify the leadership role(s) best for each in a collaborative exercise. This experience in varied roles will fortify the students' "toolbox" of strengths, increase the opportunities for all students to lead in their area of strength or passion, and make it more likely that the end result will be of high quality. Classroom experiences will offer opportunities for practice in this area.
Our agreed definition of leadership suggests one must look for a need or opportunity that presents itself, to convince others to follow in this endeavor, and to leave a lasting result. We work to train our students to constantly be on the lookout for these opportunities and/or needs and to be ready to act in a way that shows ethical leadership. As we begin the Lead Projects, mastery of this practice will be vital to success.
Collaborative/Cooperative Learning is the most commonly tested (practiced) abilities in the Tactics of Leadership Class. Students must constantly use the understandings articulated above (Work styles, E.Q, M. I.) to make collaborative experiences effective, efficient and pleasant! I believe this is the most important of the soft skills we seek to stress in the Leadership Institute, and certainly worthy of additional study and practice.