General Questions

How long has the LEAD Program been in existence?
The Leadership Education and Development Program, also known as the LEAD Program, was launched in Fall 2012. Unlike other leadership programs, the LEAD Program is a self-paced, three tiered program, allowing students to work on their leadership development when they are ready. Rather than provide all students the same leadership program at the same time, the LEAD Program is ready for you when you are!

How many Elon students participate in the LEAD Program?
There are approximately 500 Elon students actively participating in the LEAD Program, making it the largest leadership program on campus!

Who presents the LEAD Program workshops?
The LEAD Program workshops are presented by Elon faculty and staff members that work in different departments around campus. These presenters have been selected due to their dynamic presentation skills, their passion for leadership education, and their commitment to helping students succeed!

Who coordinates the LEAD Program?
The LEAD Program Directors are a team of six students who coordinate all aspects and components of the LEAD Program. Dana Carnes, the Associate Director of the Center for Leadership, oversees the LEAD Program. Our LEAD Program Student Directors are:
- Michael Spencer - Senior Director
- Tim Sanford - Moodle/Data Management
- Emily Petersen - Tier I Director
- Kelly August - Tier II & III Director
- Ben Bridges - Community Director
- Sara Elgart - Workshops Director

Is the LEAD Program an academic program? I noticed I have received “grades” on Moodle?
The LEAD Program is a co-curricular program intended to compliment your academic experience. Because Moodle is primarily use for academic means, you receive a “grade” of “100” when you complete a LEAD Program component. Although you receive 100 percent, you are not graded in the LEAD Program.

What counts towards the 10 hour service requirement for each LEAD Program tier?
The Center for Leadership recognizes two types of service, Direct and Indirect. Direct service is the actual action of performing community service. For example, going to a Food Bank and passing out or boxing food. Indirect service is when you work on a planning committee or with a group to implement service. For example, working as a Alternative Break Trip Leader or on the ElonThon Committee. While philanthropy events are great ways to give back to the community these events do not count towards LEAD service requirements (e.g., participating in ElonThon, Relay for Life, etc). If you have further questions please email the LEAD Team.

Will the community service that I have completed for my other organizations/classes count for the LEAD Program?
Yes! On Moodle, there is a Service Hours Submission link that allows you to fill out the specifics of your community service activity. In the LEAD Program, we not only want you to engage in community service, but we want to reflect on how service has had an impact on your leadership skills, styles, and abilities.

Is there specific attire required for LEAD Program events/workshops?
There is no specific attire required for LEAD Program workshops. However, for Fall’s Opening Ceremony and Spring’s Cannon Celebration, business casual attire is encouraged.

Do I have to bring anything to the workshops?
Unless you receive an email asking you to complete a specific inventory beforehand (e.g., StrengthsQuest), then you do not need to bring any materials other than a writing utensil.

Do I have to complete all of the workshops in order?
No you do not! The only requirement is that you attend all the workshops for your specific Tier before moving on. For example, if you are in Tier I, you must complete all Tier I workshops before moving on to Tier II.

Do I need to complete all Tier requirements before moving on to the next tier?
Yes, while we recognize that schedules can be busy it is required that you complete all Tier requirements prior to moving to the next tier. A major feature of the LEAD Program is that it is a self-paced experience; because of this we offer our participants the same opportunities to attend our workshops and retreats during both semesters of the academic year. If you have any further questions please email the LEAD Team.

What other programs does the Center for Leadership offer?
The Center for Leadership offers a wide variety of programs for students. These programs range from co-curricular opportunities to extracurricular experiences. A few examples of our programs include the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Student Organization Development, the Leadership Studies minor, and the Leadership ELR. A comprehensive list of our programs can be found here.

Tier I Questions

Typically, how long should it take me to complete Tier I?
Because the LEAD Program is self-paced, there is not a specific timeline for when you must complete Tier I. However, students typically complete Tier I in one to two semesters and then move on to Tier II.

I am having trouble determining my leadership coach...can you help?
Yes! In order to identify a leadership coach, think of different professors, organization advisors, or staff members whom you have enjoyed working with and would like to get to know better. Then, contact them asking if they would be willing to meet once or twice a semester to discuss your progress and growth in the LEAD program. There are additional resources on Moodle and our website outlining the role and responsibilities of a leadership coach that you can share with him or her as well. Once you have identified and met with your leadership coach, provide their name on Moodle and fill out a Leadership Coach Reflection!

How do I know when I have finished Tier I?
Tier I completion is recognized when participants have completed all requirements and submitted their final culminating reflections on Moodle. Once completed, you will receive an email congratulating you on completing Tier I and welcoming you to Tier II! In May, the Center for Leadership congratulates all LEAD Program participants who have completed a tier at our annual Cannon Celebration.

Tier II Questions

Typically, how long should it take me to complete Tier II?
Because the LEAD Program is self-paced, there is not a specific timeline for when you must complete Tier II. However, students typically complete Tier II in two semesters and then move on to Tier III.

What are Social Perspective Taking Events?
Social perspective taking events focus on deepening your understanding of others and learning the valuable skill of seeing beyond yourself and appreciating peoples’ differences. Elon’s Cultural Calendar is a great resource to find and discover Social Perspective Taking Events.These events are offered throughout the school year by various offices and organizations, including the Center for Leadership, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Multicultural Center, and the Gender and LGBTQIA Center. Click here for an approved list of Social Perspective Taking Events for Fall 2014.

I noticed there is an overnight retreat as part of Tier II - do I have to attend the entire retreat?
The overnight retreat is a great opportunity to further develop leadership abilities over the course of a longer period of time. We ask that students attend and stay for the full duration of the retreat because there are a number of activities that significantly impact your retreat experience. The Tier II Retreat is less than 24 hours long – we leave Friday at approximately 3:00pm and you return to campus on Saturday by noon. This is the only overnight retreat required by the LEAD Program.

How do I fulfill the Tier II conference requirement? Are there free conferences at Elon I can attend?
To fulfill the conference requirement, students must attend a conference and then submit a reflection of the experience. Elon offers a number of free conferences to students, including The Center for Leadership’s Intersect: Diversity and Leadership Conference.  Conference attendance is not limited to Elon conferences! If you attend a conference elsewhere for your major, your research, or for a student organization, that counts too. 

How do I know when I have finished Tier II?
Tier I completion is recognized when participants have completed all requirements and submitted their online portfolio on Moodle. Once your portfolio has been reviewed, you will receive an email congratulating you on completing Tier II and welcoming you to Tier III! In May, the Center for Leadership congratulates all LEAD Program participants who have completed a tier at our annual Cannon Celebration, with Tier II members receive their Leadership Certificate at this event.

Tier III Questions

Typically, how long should it take me to complete Tier II?
Because the LEAD Program is self-paced, there is not a specific timeline for when you must complete Tier III. However, students typically complete Tier III in at least two semesters.

How can I complete the leadership ELR?
You can complete an Experiential Learning Requirement through a leadership position within a campus organization or department. Completing the Leadership ELR allows student leaders to proactively and intentionally think about their leadership capacities and how to tailor their practice of leadership to what the organization needs. The Leadership ELR can be completed in one semester. To begin the Leadership ELR process, contact Steve Mencarini, Director of the Center for Leadership.

What is a Common Good Project?
A Common Good Project is a culminating venture that is designed around implementing all skills learned from the LEAD Program in an effort to leave a legacy on Elon's campus and/or the surrounding community through positive, social change for the common good. Past projects have included redesigning the organizational structure of campus organizations, creating on-campus conferences to educate students on various topics, and creating non-profit organizations to support Alamance county.

It is up to the Tier III member to select their Common Good Project. You will meet the LEAD Program Tier III Director to provide updates and receive support. If you have further questions please email the LEAD Team.

How do I complete Tier III?
The LEAD Program Capstone Presentation is your final requirement for Tier III. This presentation highlights your progression through each tier of the LEAD Program and your Tier III Enriched Leadership Experiences. This is a great opportunity for you to showcase what you have learned and accomplished for your leadership coach, the LEAD Team, and the Center for Leadership professional staff.