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Cougars LEAD Certificate

 

The Cougars LEAD Certificate equips individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to become effective leaders in their personal and professional lives. Participating students will complete experiences across five leadership styles: 1) transformational leadership, 2) servant leadership, 3) situational leadership, 4) authentic leadership, and 5) experiential leadership.

The Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate helps students:

  • LEARN about leadership opportunities that exist on and off campus
  • EXPLORE interests and connect with peers, mentors, and staff
  • ACHIEVE leadership identity through action by taking on new roles and tasks
  • DEVELOP lifelong leadership skills to mentor others and create new leaders
Effective Summer 2023: Students no longer need to report their experiences for Cougars LEAD on The Den. 

 

certificate requirements

Individuals that complete the Cougars LEAD Certificate will be recognized at the Scarlet and Gray Awards Ceremony, receive a medallion to wear at graduation as well as a certificate of completion. Participants will need to:

  1. Complete 16 individual leadership experiences and 4 hours of service learning (outlined in each of the dropdown menus below).
    • Transformational Leadership (4 Experiences)
    • Situational Leadership (4 Experiences)
    • Authentic Leadership (4 Experiences)
    • Experiential Leadership (4 Experiences)
    • Servant Leadership (4 Hours of Service Learning or Volunteer Work)

  2. Attend at least one Synergy Leadership Summit from start to finish.
    • Students that present may receive additional experience credit toward their certificate.
    • Individual Synergy sessions cannot be used to complete the five other areas of the Certificate. 

  3. Develop a Leadership Portfolio (PDF instructions - coming soon) that includes:  
    • An overview of the Synergy Leadership Summit Experience
    • An overview of the 16 experiences and 4 hours of service learning.
    • A leadership philosophy statement with accompanying values.
    • Final reflection.

  4. Present their final Leadership Portfolio digitally or in-person. 
    • Students wishing to present their portfolio digitally must send a video overview (minimum 10 minutes) to cougarsleadFREESXU.
    • Students interested in presenting their portfolio in-person must schedule their appointment by emailing cougarsleadFREESXU

Please note: experiences included in the final portfolio may only be used once.

What is a transformational leader?

Transformational leaders value diversity and recognize the importance of creating a positive and inclusive work environment that values and celebrates differences. They encourage and support the contributions of all team members, regardless of their backgrounds or identities, and they work to create a culture of respect, open communication, and collaboration. Transformational leaders also recognize the value of diversity in promoting innovation and creativity, and they actively seek out and incorporate diverse perspectives and ideas into their decision-making processes. Institutional Core Value(s) related to this leadership style category include Diversity, Respect, Compassion, and Hospitality.

What experiences count toward this category?

Students must complete 4 individual experiences of their choosing which include planning or attending diversity, equity, and inclusion events, attending cultural celebrations, participating in organizations tied to diversity, equity, inclusion, or identity, and or demonstrating activism or advocacy to name a few.

What is a situational leader?

Situational leaders are flexible and adaptable, and they adjust their leadership style to meet the needs of the situation and when collaborating with others. They recognize that different situations require different types of leadership, and they are able to shift between directive, supportive, and delegating styles as needed. Institutional Core Value(s) related to this leadership style category include Hospitality, Respect, and Compassion.

What experiences count toward this category?

Students must complete 4 experiences outside the classroom tied to collaboration, teamwork, or working with others which may include holding a mentorship, ambassador, or leadership position on campus, participating in an academic or scholar program, serving on a committee, joining a student organization, attending a Campus Ministry Retreat, or participating in a public speaking engagement to name a few.

What is an authentic leader?

Authentic leaders are true to themselves and their values, and they inspire trust and respect from their followers through their honesty and integrity. They encourage open communication, collaboration, and constructive feedback, and they promote a culture of continuous learning and personal growth. Institutional Core Value(s) related to this leadership style category include Learning for Life, Respect, Hospitality, and Integrity.

What experiences count toward this category?

Students must complete 4 experiences focused on personal or professional development which may include attending a professional development, networking, leadership, career development, or self-care event, learning a new software or tool, or attending a conference to name a few.

What is an experiential leader?

Experiential leaders focus on practical application and hands-on learning, and they encourage their followers to learn by doing. They emphasize the importance of taking risks, learning from failures, and using feedback to improve performance. Institutional Core Value(s) related to this leadership style category include

Excellence and Learning for Life.

What experiences count toward this category?

Students must complete 4 experiences focused on hands-on learning which might include completing an internship, micro-internship, externship, study abroad, undergraduate research, fellowship, practicum, or additional service learning, volunteer, or leadership experiences. This is not an exhaustive list and students are welcome to provide examples of hands-on learning that may not be included in this list.

What is a servant leader?

Servant leaders focus on serving the needs of their followers and the community, rather than their own personal interests or goals. They emphasize the importance of service and volunteerism, and they encourage their followers to develop a sense of social responsibility. Institutional Core Value(s) related to this leadership style category include Service, Compassion, and Hospitality.

What experiences count toward this category?

Students must complete a minimum of 4 hours (total) of service or volunteer work on or off-campus. These hours do not need to be consecutive or the same experience.