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Scots ASPIRE Leadership Development Program

At Monmouth College we believe that all individuals, over time, have the potential for leadership through education, experience and reflection.

We also believe that we all have our own journey, our own story and our own dream. Because each of us has a different journey the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center realizes the need for varying approaches to help guide students on the path of success. Therefore, the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center has developed a comprehensive leadership development program which helps integrate in-class learning with out of classroom experiences.

Mission

To identify leadership ability and nurture a deep understanding of leadership and its responsible application with a commitment to self, Monmouth College, and community development in the U.S., and at the global level.

Vision

By providing opportunities for all students to explore and enhance their leadership skills and abilities, they will be exposed to experiences where he/she can become an active, principled leader within organizations and communities.

The SCOT Leadership Competencies

The Wackerle Center believes that to become an effective leader a student must continually practice and reflect on many different levels.  The SCOT Leadership Competencies provide a framework for developing and inter-relating knowledge, skills and personal characteristics that contribute to success.

The SCOT Leadership Competencies consist of four levels of practice:

Self-Awareness/Personal Level

The journey begins with student leaders understanding themselves—one’s passions, strengths, motivations, personal values. Leaders are committed to constant improvement through courageous self-exploration and reflecting on their experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a personal philosophy of leadership that includes understanding of self, others, and community
  • Acquire knowledge of diverse cultures through interactions with individuals from a variety of backgrounds
  • Develop effective skills such as time/meeting/event management, team building, agenda setting and financial responsibility
  • Develop strong interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
  • Develop a well-integrated values system and understand how this relates to leadership decisions and dilemmas
  • Examine own personal identity and culture in relation to one’s practice of leadership

Sample Self-Awareness/Personal Leadership Development Opportunities

  • Scots Emerging Leaders Program-Coming Fall of 2017
  • ASMC Leadership Conference
  • Involvement Fair
  • The Stockdale Fellows Program
  • Scots Connection Conference
  • Personality Assessments (e.g. MBTI)
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • Campus Employment (e.g. student worker, Residence Assistant)
  • Campus Programming (e.g. Wellness, Athletics, Intercultural Life, Religious Life)
  • Campus Recognition (e.g. Highlander Awards, Honors Day, Intercultural Life)
Community Level

Leadership is about working with others to create positive change. Serving the broader community enables students to find meaning in their work as they engage in local and global social issues.  Students will apply knowledge and experience to real life situations and circumstances in order to actively sculpt our world.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a commitment to be involved in citizenship
  • Create an individual philosophy of service and learning and apply it to the particular community service site, the work they will do, and the people they will be serving in the community
  • Examine own personal identity and culture to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and the needs of the community
  • Acquire knowledge of diverse cultures through interactions with individuals from a variety of backgrounds
  • Recognize the relationship between philanthropy, volunteerism, community service and service learning
  • Identify problems, generate solutions and reflect on civic and academic learning
  • Articulate how being an active participant in community service impacts a social issue
  • Demonstrate an increased sense of vocation

Community Engagement Opportunities

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Prime Beef Festival Clean-Up Help
  • Presidents United to Solve Hunger
  • Saturday of Service
  • Off Campus Study
Organization Level

Learning to work with others is essential in developing into an effective leader. Collaboration includes working and influencing others to achieve common goals and shared vision. Students will acquire a deep appreciation for human differences in organizations and groups by developing personal and authentic connections.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a personal philosophy of leadership that includes understanding of self, others, and community
  • Develop strong interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills
  • Develop effective skills such as time/meeting/event management, team building, agenda setting and financial responsibility
  • Articulate practical skills on a resume, portfolio and during job interviews
  • Demonstrate respectful treatment of others and apply organizational rules fairly without showing favoritism
  • Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities such as effectively leading change, resolving conflict and motivating others
  • Acquire knowledge of diverse cultures through interactions with individuals from a variety of backgrounds
  • Implement self-governance and be able to engage in a collaborative approach to leadership
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and make informed decisions that are congruent with personal values and missions and values of their national/international organizations
  • Appreciate community needs through participation in community service, service learning, and philanthropic projects
  • Build camaraderie and develop life-long friendships based on shared values and commitment to the organization in the spirit of sisterhood/brotherhood
  • Demonstrate leadership through engagement and participation in team oriented settings where they actively contribute to reaching common goals
  • Acquire knowledge of diverse cultures through interactions with individuals from a variety of backgrounds
  • Implement sound academic habits and advocate academic success of all members and for opportunities through which students can integrate in-class and out-of-class learning

Organization Leadership Development Opportunities

  • Student Organization Officer Training
  • Student Organization Leadership Positions
  • Athletic Teams
  • Intramural Teams
  • Student Leader Positions (e.g. Orientation Leaders, Scot Ambassador, RA/HR/HM)
  • Publications Leadership Positions (e.g. MC-TV, WPFS, The Courier, The Coil)
Transition Level

At this stage of development students will reflect on their collegiate experience and prepare for the role of a productive global citizen and college alumnus. Students will address the balance of values, ethics, career, civic engagement, and global citizenship. The transition includes utilizing the many campus resources that will prepare students for post-college life.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess personal skills, talents and interests to make decisions related to major selection, career development and professional pursuits
  • Develop realistic career and professional goals and objectives
  • Acquire the ability to organize an effective resume and prepare for the interview process
  • Acquire technical and professional skills through internships, research and/or employment
  • Translate acquired knowledge to employment skills
  • Utilize competitive job search strategies to secure a personally meaningful position
  • Identify graduate school opportunities and follow through with decisions regarding the application process
  • Build and sustain professional relationships and networks with alumni and employers
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