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L.E.A.D.S.

Leadership + Education + Academics + Diversity = Success

Whether you're a first time college level student, a student who has completed your first college level course work or a seasoned student with leadership experience, L.E.A.D.S. has something for you. Our unique three-tiered leadership program is designed to instill leadership qualities into those students who have a desire to lead.

Emerging Leaders — Social Change Model

Those entering the College as first time, college-level freshmen have an opportunity to join Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders program uses the Social Change Model as a guide to developing students. The Social Change Model is an approach to leadership development focused on the process of enacting social change from multiple perspectives.

The Emerging Leaders are focused on the following objectives:

  • Develop a personal definition of leadership to frame their leadership learning experience
  • Develop an understanding the philosophy underlying the Social Change Model of Leadership
  • Develop personal and group leadership skills around the three sequences of the Social Change Model: The Individual; The Group; and The Community/Society
  • Develop an understanding of each of the 7 C's values of the Social Change Model of Leadership
  • Develop and enhance leadership knowledge and skills through workshops, speakers, and readings
  • Assess growth in learning about leadership and their capacity to lead through reflection

GOLD Leaders — Student Leadership Challenge

For those students who have at least 15 credit hours and a GPA of 2.7 or better, we offer the Student Leadership Challenge.

The Student Leadership Challenge will follow the programs designed by Kouzes and Posner (2007). The book is separated into eight chapters and the eight sessions will discuss each of the chapters. The first chapters will introduce students to the philosophy behind Exemplary Leadership this will be followed by five sessions, which specifically discuss the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encouraging the Heart

The intended outcomes for the Student Leadership Challenge are:

  • Students will be able to identify and explain the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Students will be able to identify the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in others
  • Students will be able to identify the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in themselves
  • Students will apply the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in a practical way
  • Students will complete the Student Leadership Challenge
  • Students will receive the Certificate of completion
  • Students will create a Fall and Spring Leadership News Letter
  • Students will design and implement Spring Fling

Colonial Leaders — Leaders in Service

The third tier of leadership is our Leaders in Service. This program focuses on service as being to pinnacle of true leadership. Students who have completed the Student Leadership Challenge and who have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.7 will be invited to become a part of the program. Leaders in Service will identify various opportunities for service, serve as mentors to Emerging Leaders and work to design an alternative spring break experience.

In the third tier of the LEADS program you will become a Leader in Service. Being a Leader in Service is based the idea of Robert Greenleaf (1970) noting that:

Caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is the rock upon which a good society is built. If a better society is to be built, one that is more just and more loving, one that provides greater creative opportunities for its people, then the most open course is to raise both the capacity to serve and the very performance as servants of existing major institutions by new regenerative forces operating within them.

Greenleaf (1970) also notes that, "the first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one's capacity to lead is severely limited". Leaders in service is an opportunity for you to demonstrate this aspect of leadership. The program will begin in the summer during one of the Leaders in Service information sessions.

As a Leader in Service, you will learn about the Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership, serve as a mentor to the new Emerging Leaders program, create service opportunities and develop an Alternative Spring experience.

Objectives for Leaders in Service are...

  • Students will be able to articulate the seven pillars of Servant Leadership
  • Students will serve as mentors for Emerging Leaders
  • Students will design and assist with the implementation of a Service Learning Project
  • Students will design and assist with the implementation of an Alternative Spring Break project

How to Join

Interested in becoming a member? There are two ways to join:

  • By invitation: You are invited to join the program based on a minimum GPA of 2.7, you have completed 15 credits, and you are motivated to make a difference at Community College of Philadelphia.
  • By application: After the Philadelphia L.E.A.D.S. application is complete and received by the coordinator, membership can be offered if the candidate can fulfill the Philadelphia L.E.A.D.S. mission and commit to completing the one-year program. Applications can be emailed, printed out and turned in at the Student Leadership and Involvement Center, S1-12, or you can pick up a copy at S1-12.

L.E.A.D.S. Resources

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