Global Perspectives Session Descriptions
Influencing the world around you requires vision and action. What does that mean, exactly? How do you build a vision and inspire action in yourself and others? Explore these questions and more in the LeadNow®: Global Perspectives Certification. Students participating in Global Perspectives must have first earned a Personal Perspectives Certification and a Group Perspectives Certification and be a current junior or senior.
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES SESSIONS AND EXPERIENCES INCLUDE:
Writing Your Personal Mission Statement - Add focus, direction, and a sense of purpose by determining what's most important to you. Then, work to synthesize this into a mission statement to give you direction. This session also includes an overview of the Global Perspectives Certification. It is recommended to take this session at the start of your Global Perspectives experience.
Strategic Planning - Achieving the vision of an organization or group requires action. But how do you get there? This session will provide some specific tools that can be used to guide a group towards their vision, provide focus and direction, as well as action steps for the near future.
The Importance of Mentoring - In this online reflection, you will explore how leaders look to mentors throughout their lives to help them learn and grow. This session will explore the qualities of an effective mentor and the importance of both recognizing the mentors in your life and serving as a mentor to others.
Deliberative Dialogue - Have you noticed there are people who are able to facilitate conversations in such a way that they obtain more than just the necessary information? They get to the heart of matters, invite others to contribute in meaningful ways, and come up with creative solutions. This session will delve into techniques to improve the effectiveness of your own facilitation skills.
Creative Problem Solving - The world's problems, big and small, won't be solved by the same old methods. But what does it take to come up with new and creative solutions and encourage others to do the same? This session will look into creativity as the answer to a multitude of challenges.
Power, Self-Interest, and Questions - This session addresses how you can work collaboratively with others in such a way that explores their self-interest, gets them involved, and utilizes power effectively.
Mission Statement Clarification - Designed to be one of the last steps to earning certification. Students will participate in a "clearness committee" type meeting that will help to clarify and narrow mission statements before they are presented at the Certification celebration.
Urban Immersion Service Retreat - In this 4-day retreat, offered each year during fall break, students travel to Minneapolis to participate in a learning experience surrounding service and justice in the urban community. Those participating are also expected to attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting.
Case Study Leadership Reflections - Look into your own life and leadership. Where are you experiencing and observing different facets of leadership. Each block, students will be asked to reflect on a certain topic of leadership using their own lives as a case study and then write a summary of their reflections in an online form.
Leader Mentor Discussion - Meet with your Leader Mentor for the third and final time. This is a faculty or staff member who is knowledgeable about the LeadNow program and will help you to articulate what you have learned.