Poets L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education and Development Program)
“Leadership is not a gene and it’s not an inheritance. Leadership is an identifiable set of skills and abilities that are available to all of us.
"The ‘great person’ – woman or man – theory of leadership is just plain wrong. Or, we should say, the theory that there are only a few great men and women who can lead others to greatness is just plain wrong.” (Kouzes and Posner, 2007, p. 22)
The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certification Program is based on the College's Liberal Arts "4 Cs" curriculum (Community, Connections, Cultural Perspectives, and Communication). The program strives to cultivate a student’s ability to facilitate collaborative and relational processes that lead to positive, responsible change on campus and within the community.
Leadership is a Process, Not a Position
Leadership is much more than attaining a position of power or authority. The root word of leadership is lead, which simply means to travel or show the way. The process of showing the way requires possession of a wide variety of skills and competencies. Over the past several decades, researchers such as Komives, Kouzes, and Posner have worked to debunk the myth that leadership is only reserved for a few charismatic men and women. Rather, leadership is everyone’s business. This is a hopeful place in which to begin to study how leadership lives in each of us, how the process can be shared by all of us, and how each of us, whether big or small, has a role to play in helping to solve the difficult problems of our world and show the way for the generations to come.
- Assist students in refining and honing leadership and organizational skills
- Preparation for leadership in a global world
- Provide students with the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired from their courses, leadership experiences and co-curricular involvement into tangible projects
- Engage students’ creativity, research abilities, organization skills, critical thinking, and project management skills
- Utilize experiential learning opportunities to improve knowledge acquisition through real life experiences
- Allow students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired from various leadership experiences and co-curricular involvement
- Create measurable impacts and outcomes from co-curricular involvement
- Offer students the opportunity to showcase learning and leadership skills to graduate programs as well as potential employers through a college recognized program
Provided below are the key competencies developed through this program categorized by 3 of the 4 "Cs" of Whittier College:
To assist students in the process of developing these competencies, a rubric for each competency is provided. Lean more.
The following courses can all be taken for 0-1 credit and all count towards the Minor in Liberal Arts of Organizational Leadership Program.
INTD 150: Leadership and College Student Development
Personal development; interpersonal skills; peer-counseling; student development; assertiveness; values exploration; leadership and program development skills; and special issues related to college students in residence. Open to all students. Those interested in applying for a Residential Life staff position must enroll in course.
This course is offered every Spring semester.
INTD 160: Competent Leadership Course
This self-directed course allows individuals to demonstrate mastery of at least six of the 17 basic competencies. To demonstrate proficiency in these competencies, students develop a portfolio documenting mastery of the material based on competency rubrics. Click here to see an explanation of the Portfolio Project. After submission of a successful portfolio, students must pass an oral examination in order to receive the rank of Competent Leader and be recognize at the end of the year by the Division of Student Life. Must be at least a Sophomore standing to enroll.
This course of offered every Fall semester and JanTerm.
INTD 180: Advanced Leadership Practicum
The course focuses on the application of leadership competencies through participating in leadership positions on- or off-campus. Students must develop and implement a capstone project that translates classroom learning into the application of leadership principles. Projects are uniquely developed based on the student’s area of interest and/or expertise. Click here to see a description of the Capstone Project. After execution of a successful event, students must update their portfolios and pass an oral examination in order to receive the rank of Advanced Leader. They will also be recognized at the end of the year by the Division of Student Life with a metal that they can wear at graduation. Must be at least a Junior standing and have successfully completed either INTD 150 or INTD 160 to enroll.
This course is offered every Fall and Spring semesters.
Liberal Arts of Organizational Leadership Program Minor
Whittier College's Business Administration Department recently launched its Liberal Arts of Organizational Leadership Program (LAOLP). The target for LAOLP is to integrate aspects and ideas from other disciplines — namely humanities — into existing business courses, with a goal of developing in students critical business leadership skills and advanced competencies during their undergraduate years. Offered as a minor, the LAOLP is open to all students from Business and liberal arts disciplines alike. A Certificate is earned in three years. Learn more.