Year Two

Models of Leadership

Leadership is a process of social influence that mobilizes and maximizes the efforts and strengths of individuals and teams toward the achievement of a common goal.

Over the course of the GLI experience, students will begin to explore and develop leadership skills, including:

  • Craft a vision statement and define goals toward a shared solution.
  • Practice effective communication.
  • Appraise and leverage individual and group strengths.
  • Strive toward personal growth and development.
  • Analyze problems in context.
  • Effect change through shared solutions.

Check out examples of these skills for a better understanding of ways they can be achieved.

Leadership Retreats


Franke GLI fellows attend full-day leadership retreat in the fall semester of their second year. Leadership retreats offer an immersion experience that allows students to understand their leadership style, connect with other fellows and build and practice leadership skills.

Leadership Seminar

GLI sophomores mock up a capstone project

Franke fellows enroll in a 2-credit leadership seminar in the spring semester of their second 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 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.

Discussions with Leaders

GLI students load a truck with beets while performing community service

Beginning in sophomore year, fellows will periodically be given the opportunity to meet with identified leaders. These experiences are designed to give fellows the chance to develop as leaders while also finding role models and potential connections for the future.