Leadership Exploration Certificate

The Co-Curricular Certificate in Leadership Exploration provides opportunities for GW students to take an intentional approach to their leadership journey by exploring and developing their individual leadership styles, knowledge, and skills. The program is for GW students who are interested in:

  • Getting a deeper understanding of the evolution of leadership
  • Exploring their own personal leadership style and values
  • Building their leadership skills and strengthening their resume
     

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This program is a co-curricular experience meaning it is not tied to academic courses or credit and is meant to enhance your GW experience outside the classroom. Throughout the year, participants will complete workshops, discussions, and reflections both as a cohort group and individually. This program is offered at no cost to participants.

For the 2021-2022 academic year we are offering to tracks. First, the Emerging Leaders track will continue to be open to any interested GW student, as space allows. New this year, we will be offering a track specifically for students who participated in the 2021 LEAD GW co-curricular program. Read below to learn more about both programs.
 

Emerging Leaders Track

The Emerging Leaders Track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate is a year-long program for students that are interested in developing or refining their leadership skills. This track is provided in an asynchronous and hybrid format with most requirements being completed online.

Through participating in the Emerging Leaders Track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate, students will:
●    Understand the foundations of leadership development;
●    Explore and develop their individual strengths as leaders;  
●    Increase leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities; and
●    Reflect on their personal journey while setting goals for the future.

●    Participate in an Introduction and Leadership Foundations Workshop (fall)
●    Attend a Leadership Styles Workshop and Activity (fall)
●    Attend a “Know Your Talents and Find Success with CliftonStrengths®” workshop offered by the Center for Career Services (fall)
●    Complete CliftonStrengths Next Steps for Leaders activity (spring)
●    Attend at least three Excellence in Leadership Sessions (ELS) from an approved list of options (fall and/or spring)
●    Engage in the Leadership Video Discussion Board (spring)
●    Submit a final reflection and presentation (spring)

Specific dates for workshops and activities will be shared with participants upon their acceptance to the track.
 

As space in the program is limited, interested students are encouraged to apply to the track as soon as possible. The application is open now and closes on Sunday, October 3 at 11:59 EDT. Students will be notified if they have been accepted by Friday, October 8. Students should only participate in one Co-Curricular Certificate Program at a time. 

Apply for the Emerging Leaders track!

LEAD GW Track

The LEAD GW of the Leadership Exploration Certificate is a semester-long program for students that are interested in continuing their leadership development within the community established at the pre-orientation program.

As a participant in the LEAD GW Track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate, participants will:
●    Engage in a deep dive into the Social Change Model of Leadership through applied activities and discussions;
●    Continue to establish and build community with other LEAD GW participants;
●    Increase leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities; and
●    Reflect on their personal journey while setting goals for their socially responsible leadership in the future.

●    Attend bi-weekly in-person meetings from 7:00 - 8:30 PM on the following dates: September 8, 22; October 6, 20; November 3, 17; and December 1, 2021.
●    Submit and present a final reflection and presentation. 

As space in the program is limited, interested students are encouraged to apply to the track as soon as possible.

The application is open now and closes on Wednesday, September 1 at 11:59 EDT. Students will be notified if they have been accepted by Friday, September 3. Students should only participate in one Co-Curricular Certificate Program at a time.

Apply for the LEAD GW track!

Questions?

Please contact Andrea Davis, Program Coordinator for Leadership in the Office of Student Life.