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ALA Leadership Courses

To lead effectively, we must first know ourselves and develop the skills of collaboration. In this course, students will reflect on their leadership journey, begin to form a personal leadership philosophy and cultivate a holistic view of leadership. This work will be informed by leadership theories, social justice literature, diversity research, and case studies. Students will develop a toolkit of skills and approaches for effective leadership practice by learning and applying the BLI Mindful Mindset, Leadership Habits, and various contemplative exercises. Using individual practice and a collaborative, team-based project, they will leave the class with a sense of your own leadership identity. ALA: Foundations in Leadership is a 3-credit course offered in the fall. It is currently listed under the ALA 175 course number.

What Will Students Learn in the Foundations of Leadership Course?

The course will help students:

  • Creatively explore and reflect on leadership identity, actions, and habits to continuously improve leadership learning and development
  • Learn about the importance of leading a group or workplace that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive
  • Familiarize themselves with various theories of leadership and explore the important interplay between leaders and followers
  • Learn and practice daily meditation and other mindfulness practices to help foster their capacity to lead with excellence and critically engage the world
  • Work with a group to identify important issues, brainstorm small win solutions, implement ideas at a small scale, and improve their ideas
  • Engage stakeholders and collect evidence about a chosen topic through leadership experiments that test their ideas against the world
  • Build a leadership “toolkit” that is based on their skills, ability, vision, and personal style

Fall 2021 (course guide link)
001 / In Person / 32069 / MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM / 4152 USB

This hands-on, interactive, Applied Liberal Arts class is specially designed to help students develop the skills and confidence they need to grow as leaders. Group exercises and a self-designed team project allow them to practice and reflect on key leadership roles. Their experiences in the Leadership Lab will help them be more confident and successful in their work on campus, in their community, and in the world. The Leadership Lab is a 1 credit, pass-fail, mini-course offered in the winter term.

What Students Learn in the Leadership Lab?

The Leadership Lab will help students learn to:

  • Work with a group to identify important issues, brainstorm small win solutions, implement ideas at a small scale, and improve their ideas
  • Collect evidence about problems and solutions that are important to them through leadership experiments that test their ideas against the world
  • Build a leadership “toolkit” that is based on their own skills, ability, vision, and personal style
  • Reflect on their experiences in order to continuously improve their effectiveness and the teams they work with

Winter 2022 (course guide link)
001 / #37561 / Mondays 7-9 PM
002 / #37562 / Wednesdays 4-6 PM