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  • 1.  Leadership Objectives Tested Richard Robles
  • 2. University Honors Program  University Honors Program redesigned the program with an emphasis on experiential learning  Developed learning objectives for the following thematic areas  Community Engagement  Global Studies  Leadership  Research / Creative Arts
  • 3. Leadership Learning Objectives  A student leader is involved in the University and beyond (i.e., student organizations, college activities, community engagement, etc.) in a capacity of responsibility and:  Possesses knowledge of various leadership theories and identifies with the characteristics of leadership  Identifies the various characteristics of a leader in a given situation/role  Has the ability to relate, communicate and work effectively with peers  Develops a vision of the future and acknowledges the impact of decisions (as applicable to the individual and affiliated organizations)
  • 4. Leadership Learning Objectives  Developed a rubric based on learning objectives to evaluate final reflective essays  Developed essay prompts for reflection (What? So what? Now what?)
  • 5. Research Questions  Is there an experience that illustrates the effectiveness of the leadership learning objectives?  Does an experience affect a student’s definition of leadership?  Is there an experience that emphasizes skill development?
  • 6. The LeaderShape Institute  6-day leadership experience that helps students learn to “lead with integrity”  The purpose is to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants and facilitators  UC’s been involved with LeaderShape since 1997; 2008 first time campus based session offered to only University Honors students
  • 7. LeaderShape Institute Learning Objectives  Increase their commitment to acting consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions  Enhance their capability to develop and enrich relationships as well as strengthen their commitment to respecting the dignity and contributions of all people  Embrace the belief in a healthy disregard for the impossible  Develop the capability to produce extraordinary results
  • 8. UC LeaderShape Institute  37 participants, mostly first and second year students  Hosted the campus-based session at the end of autumn 2008  Participants completed a pre- and post-survey through Surveymonkey.com  Leadership-oriented situations  Self-assessment of ability  Definition of leadership
  • 9. Daily Themes and Highlights  Day One: Building Community  Day Two: The Value of One, The Power of All  Day Three: Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be  Day Four: Bringing Vision to Reality  Day Five: Living and Leading with Integrity  Day Six: Staying in Action
  • 10. Situational Agreement Questions Pre Post Difference Leadership is more positional than -0.6216 1.2973 1.9189 individual. Ability Assessment Questions Pre Post Difference Which word best describes your view of leadership: positional or 1.9730 1.8108 -0.1622 relational? Which term best describes you as a leader: independent, 1.8649 1.7027 -0.1622 interdependent, or dependent? Survey Results Possesses knowledge of My ability to produce extraordinary 3.1622 4.1351 0.9730 various leadership theories and results identifies with the characteristics of leadership My ability to articulate the action steps necessary to implement my 3.2162 4.0270 0.8108 vision
  • 11. Situational Agreement Pre Post Difference Questions I have a deep self-awareness of who I am and how others see 0.7027 1.0270 0.3243 me. Ability Assessment Questions Pre Post Difference My own self-confidence 3.4324 4.1622 0.7297 My ability to identify my own 3.8919 4.2703 0.3784 strengths and weaknesses Survey Results Identifies the various My ability to commit and act characteristics of a leader in a consistently with my core 4.3243 4.3514 0.0270 given situation/role ethical and personal values
  • 12. Situational Agreement Questions Pre Post Difference I view conflict as something to be -0.0811 -0.6486 -0.5676 avoided. I view the ability to develop inclusive relationships fundamentally 1.3243 1.6216 0.2973 important to the role of a leader. My peers express confidence in me 1.0000 1.2973 0.2973 and my abilities. Ability Assessment Questions Pre Post Difference My ability to recognize when my behavior is not in congruence with 4.0270 4.2973 0.2703 my values My ability to manage and resolve 3.7838 3.9459 0.1622 conflicts Survey Results My ability to effectively communicate with my peers both verbally and non- 3.7027 3.9730 0.2703 Has the ability to relate, verbally communicate and work effectively with peers My ability to develop relationships with others who are different from 3.6757 4.0541 0.3784 me My ability to delegate tasks and 3.5135 3.8378 0.3243 responsibilities
  • 13. Situational Agreement Questions Pre Post Difference I view change in organizations as 1.2162 1.5946 0.3784 vital for growth. Ability Assessment Questions Pre Post Difference My ability to take risks 3.2162 3.8919 0.6757 My ability to create and implement changes in my 3.2432 4.0270 0.7838 organization or community Survey Results My ability to create a vision or ideal future for my community or 3.2162 4.2973 1.0811 Develops a vision of the future organization and acknowledges the impact of decisions (as applicable to the individual and affiliated organizations)
  • 14. Definition of Leadership Before LeaderShape
  • 15. Definition of Leadership After LeaderShape
  • 16. Conclusions  Experiences shape and influence how a student defines leadership  Students place more trust in peers than adults, place adults as role models  Applying, viewing, and defining leadership needs to be further developed (group v. individual)  An empowering leadership experience builds self- confidence in identifying strengths/weaknesses
  • 17. Next Steps  Follow up with students to reflect, and challenge and support their definition of leadership  Have students chronicle their experience in an e-portfolio  Apply survey to a sample of students in an honors leadership seminar course  Further define the procedures to employ the leadership rubric on self-designed projects
  • 18.  Leadership Objectives Tested Richard Robles