Based on national best practices for
leadership education, the Student Leadership Institute is a
distinctive co-curricular certificate program designed for students
seeking leadership development opportunities that will contribute to
their personal development and help achieve their leadership potential.
Using Kouzes and Posner's nationally recognized Five Practices of
Exemplary Student Leadership as a foundation, this innovative program
consists of workshops that participants elect to attend based on their
individual interests and leadership goals. While the SLI co-curricular
certificate program offers participants the flexibility to create their
own curriculum, there are common program features that include:
Introduction to, and administration of, the Leadership Practices
Inventory, the only leadership tool designed specifically for
student leaders that approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable and teachable set of behaviors. This 360 degree leadership assessment tool
helps student leaders measure their leadership competencies, while
guiding them through the process of applying Kouzes and Posner's
acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership® model to
Support and guidance from a GSU leadership
mentor that will assist in processing LPI results, maximize your
benefits through the SLI certificate, serve as a personal resource and
consult with you throughout the program, and beyond.
topical and interactive workshops offered throughout the semester
designed to develop your leadership skills and increase your networking
opportunities with other student leaders in a variety of contexts.
Successful participants must choose three workshops from the various
offerings during the semester in which they are participating. Tracks will be
suggested for various leadership positions, such as student organization
leaders and peer mentors.
A culminating celebration and workshop
that integrates reflection and content from selected workshops with
action planning to help ensure students achieve their leadership
In 2012-13, its inaugural year, the response to the
Leadership Institute from the campus community was overwhelming. In
total, 45 undergraduates and 19 graduate students participated (selected
from 160 applicants), and 15 faculty and staff served as workshop
presenters, while 45 more served as leadership mentors. Students involved with the Student Leadership Institute program at GSU will also benefit from the mentorship component
that is woven into the program design. Students will have the
opportunity to work directly with a mentor who will discuss their
workshop options, provide direction and track their development
and progress. The goals of the mentorship component of the SLI include:
- Develop a connection to the program for students through a personalized mentor.
- Establish a connection for students to the university through a member of the community serving as a SLI mentor.
- Articulate an intentional path in the SLI program for students that
can specifically meet their leadership needs as it pertains to their
major and/or involvement on campus.
- Assess a student's success in the program.
- Assist students in understanding and integrating what they have learned.
- Assist students in applying what they have learned to their experiences at GSU, their leadership and professional aspirations.