This module begins by identifying the common actions leaders take to get extraordinary things done in organizations. You will learn to name and describe The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. It is recommended that you take the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Student LPI) prior to this module as it is a good place to analyze your feedback to get a snapshot of your current leadership behaviors and begin to create a personal leadership development plan.
The Self-Paced Foundation Course is a good first step for those who wish to become familiar with The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model, the foundation of The Student Leadership Challenge®, regardless of need for further certification. This option enables you to view a series of video-based modules at your own pace to help you understand the The Student Leadership Challenge model and it's underlying Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership®, the Student LPI assessment, and how to develop the leadership behaviors within yourself and within the students you teach. Each file includes chapters covering the content overview, coaching tips, pointers for working with students, a word with the authors, and a review. Each module also includes a self-administered assessment to help you gauge your understanding of the content. All participants receive the online Student Leadership Practices Inventory (360º assessment tool) for one Self and unlimited Observer respondents. This instrument provides confidential feedback relating to the frequency of your use of The Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership.
Model the Way
This module explores the first practice by examining the characteristics of admired leaders and the role of credibility as the foundation of leadership. You will examine the connection between clarity of personal and organizational values and commitment to the organizations you serve. You learn about the identify specific actions you can take to build credibility with those you intend to lead.
Inspire a Shared Vision
In this module you think about what it takes to define a "shared vision" and examine the qualities that engage others in a vision. You learn about identifying a personal vision and what is necessary to begin articulating it in a way that resonates with others. You hear about the power of metaphor and symbolism as tools to galvanize others around a shared vision.
Challenge the Process
During this module you will question the way things are being done in your organization in the context of the vision and values it holds. You will learn processes to look for new ideas in new places. You will understand importance of applying the concept of "small wins" as it applies to creating a climate of trust, support, and risk-taking.
Enable Others to Act
In this module you will learn the importance of involving others in getting extraordinary results. You will learn ways to build the confidence and competence of those you have engaged in your vision of the future.
Encourage the Heart
During this module you will examine your own capacity to recognize the contributions of others. You will learn what it takes for recognition to be meaningful. You will identify an how opportunities to recognize others in unique and meaningful ways adds values to their organizations. You will also see the importance of committing to your own personal leadership development.