Models of Leadership

Leadership Seminar

GLI sophomores mock up a capstone projectGLI Fellows enroll in a 1-credit leadership seminar in the fall semester of their sophomore year. This course introduces students to leadership models and approaches and provides them with an opportunity to strengthen relationships with peers in the program. Faculty and invited guests will present different leadership styles and discuss the importance of context when putting leadership skills into practice. This experience allows students to better navigate approaches to leadership and to determine what leadership characteristics work best for them to be successful leaders in their everyday lives.

Leadership Retreats

GLI students circle up at the sophomore retreat

GLI Fellows in the Models of Leadership component are expected to attend one of several full-day Leadership Retreats. Leadership Retreats offer an immersion experience that allows students to build and practice leadership skills while working closely with carefully chosen leaders who represent the forefront of their respective fields. Leadership Retreats are loosely focused on GLI themes to offer different opportunities and perspectives at each. Retreats take place at the beautiful Lubrecht Forest to offer a true immersion experience free from the distractions of everyday life.

Meetings and Workshops

GLI students load a truck with beets while performing community service

During the Models of Leadership component, Fellows attend discussions with identified leaders and a skills development workshop. These experiences are designed to give Fellows the chance to develop as leaders while also finding role models. Workshops and meetings are facilitated by individuals who demonstrate extraordinary talents in their respective fields. Each of these opportunities are limited to a small number of students to allow every Fellow a chance to personally engage with the leader and the material.

Passport to Leadership

GLI student holds up passport

All sophomores who do not have a passport and are U.S. citizens can have their passport paid for by the Global Leadership Initiative.  Each spring semester a Passport Day is held in the University Center where passport officials are present to help GLI Fellows through the steps of applying for their passports. Passports are then mailed directly to each Fellow.