Overview of the LEAD Program

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program is a three tier, self-paced program open to all students.  Tier I, Leading the Self, explores personal foundations of leadership and establishing one’s self as an authentic leader. Tier II, Leading with Others, focuses on civic responsibility, group dynamics, and cultural awareness and appreciation. Tier III, Leading for Change, is a culmination of a student’s leadership experience through immersion in positive social change.

Students can begin the program at any point during their time at Elon and work through the LEAD Program at their own pace. It is recommended that Tier I be completed in one to two semesters, Tier II in two semesters, and Tier III in at least two semesters.

Students who complete Tiers I and II will earn a leadership certificate.  Following the completion of Tier II, students will be invited to further deepen their leadership experience and complete Tier III to receive the distinction of a Cannon Leader.

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Tier I: Leading the Self

All Elon students participate in the leadership process, either in formal leadership roles or as informal leaders and followers. The purpose of Tier I is to increase students' awareness of the intentionality of the leadership process and their role within the process. By the end of Tier I, students should view themselves as not only an empowered individual but as someone who is empowered to lead others.

Tier I requirements include:
- Attending the Elon Leader workshop
- Completing the StrengthsQuest Inventory
- Attending the Strengths workshop or taking PSY 368: Psychology of Leadership
- Attending the Response Ability workshop
- Attending the Identity Mini-Retreat (3 hours) or taking COE: Life Entrepreneur Program
- Identifying and meeting with your leadership coach at least once a semester and submitting a reflection on Moodle
- Completing at least 10 hours of community service and submitting a reflection on Moodle
- Completing the Tier I reflection questions on Moodle

Click here for the Tier I information packet.

Tier II: Leading with Others

The purpose of Tier II is to develop students' ability to effectively work with groups and communities, gain a stronger understanding of peoples’ perspectives and differences, and learn the power of collaboration. By the end of Tier II, students should view themselves as an empowered leader amongst their peers, possessing the skills and abilities to create change. Upon completion of Tier II, students will earn a leadership certificate and be invited to begin Tier III.

Tier II requirements include:
- Attending the Transformative Leadership workshop
- Attending the Team Performance Workshop or taking LED 210 (Foundations of Leadership Studies)
- Attending the Leading with Integrity workshop
- Attending the Beginning your Blog workshop (this is optional if you need additional assistance)
- Attending the Tier II Retreat
- Attending at least one Social Perspective Taking event
- Attending a conference
- Meeting with your leadership coach at least once a semester
- Completing at least 10 hours of community service
- Critically reflecting on your Tier II experiences through the use of blog entries or ePortfolio postings following the completion of each of the aforementioned requirements

Click here for the Tier II information packet.

Tier III: Leading for Change

The purpose of Tier III is to allow students the opportunity to apply and synthesize what they have learned during Tiers I and II by continuing to engage in an advanced leadership experience. By the end of Tier III, students should be able to fully engage in positive, social change for the betterment of themselves, others, and their communities. Upon completion of Tier III, students will earn the distinction of a Cannon Leader.

Tier III requirements include:
- Attending the Immunity to Change workshop
- Completing the Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory
- Attending the TAIS Debriefing workshop
- Attending the Cross Cultural Leadership workshop
- Attending the Leaving Your Legacy workshop (if electing to complete the Common Good Project)
- Meeting with Steve Mencarini, Director of the Center for Leadership, to start the ELR (if electing to complete the Leadership ELR Workbook)
- Meeting with your leadership coach at least once a semester
- Completing at least 10 hours of community service
- Completing at least two Enriched Leadership Experiences, which consists of either option below:
               - Path 1: Common Good Project and Leadership ELR Workbook
               - Path 2: Common Good Project or Leadership ELR Workbook and one Advanced Leadership Experience from the following:
                              - Leadership Minor
                              - Leadership Research
                              - Leadership Internship
                              - Periclean Scholars
                              - Civic Engagement Scholars
                              - Doherty Scholars
                              - Executive Intern Program
- Continuing to critically reflect on your Tier III experiences through the use of blog entries or ePortfolio postings following the completion of each of the aforementioned requirements
- Preparing and presenting a LEAD Program Capstone Presentation

Click here for the Tier III information packet.

Have more questions about the LEAD Program? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions website or contact the LEAD Team!