Leadership happens in groups. So, it is critical to understand how groups work and practice ways to influence and manage groups. During the second year of the program, students will address the following objectives:
- Build the skills to inspire and manage a group, including sharing responsibility, decision-making, dealing with conflict, etc.
- Understand group dynamics by recognizing how different behaviors, strengths, personality preferences, etc. play out in a group setting.
- Practice and improve the ability to help a group work together to accomplish a common goal.
- Leadership Development Team [LDT]: All sophomore Chidsey Leadership Fellows will participate in a Leadership Development Team. This will give them a place to observe and impact group dynamics real-time.
- Bi-Monthly Seminars: Twice a month, sophomore Chidsey Fellows will meet to explore leadership theory related to effective teams and group development. Some meetings will be dedicated to work on the LDTs. Also, we will set aside time each meeting to discuss leadership challenges facing Fellows in other organizations.
- Leadership Odyssey: The Leadership Odyssey provides a shared experience where students will be experientially introduced to the key theories and other leadership tools through group initiatives. Part of this experience involves participating in a +/Δ feedback session where students learn what their peers value about their contribution to the effort and what their peers think they could change to be more effective.
- Individual Coaching: Each semester, Fellows will meet one-on-one with a member of the Leadership Development Team to update their progress on goals and refine their action plan/mission statement. Students will also discuss the leadership role that they will take on during their junior year.
- Observation and Feedback: Chidsey Fellows will be trained on how to be an effective observer and how to thoughtfully provide constructive feedback. Fellows will be paired and asked to observe each other in action and share their feedback with their partner.
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