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Leadership Training

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About Leadership Training

Students participating in Leadership Training experiences will gain an improved understanding of:

  • Leadership Theory/Style/Approaches: Recognizing that there are numerous leadership theories upon which to draw, students may explore a variety of approaches to determine which of these resonate with their own values and beliefs.
    Specific content introduced includes:
    • Working with and leading others: an introduction to communication, group dynamics and diversity in leadership
    • Ethical leadership
    • Service and leadership: involvement in a service project
    • Self-evaluation and the change process
    • Creative brainstorming: how to think outside the box and explore options and possibilities
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Delegation
    • Leadership styles (Trait; Transactional; Transformational; Servant Leadership, etc.)
    • Problem identification & solving
    • Goal setting and decision-making
    • Giving and responding effectively to feedback
    • Recognizing others’ contributions

  • Self Management: The first key to successfully leading others is the ability to know and lead oneself. Students will explore ways to understand and enhance their abilities for self-management and ethical decision-making by:
    • Learning to make decisions and take action when needed
    • Developing capacities of positive self-regard, emotional wisdom, unlimited capacity to learn, accepting people for who they are, treating those close to you with the same courteous regard as strangers, recognizing own & others’ strengths
    • Understanding and developing personal leadership values, skills and strengths
    • Marketing skills and experiences using a co-curricular transcript

Leadership Training experiences focus on the pathways to involvement. Students will be asked to create a plan for getting involved and gaining practical experiences within selected student organizations. Leadership Training Certification can be gained through planned signature experiences (below), or by students demonstrating achievement of program requirements through validation of activities detailed in their co-curricular portfolio.


Leadership Training Experiences

Students can earn Leadership Training Certification by completing one or more of the following experiences:

Freshman Leadership Involvement Program (FLIP)

Benefits of FLIP: · make lasting friendships with a group of other freshmen and Leadership Mentors · develop leadership skills valuable to any club, organization or profession · get involved in campus activities such as Family Weekend, Homecoming, and service projects · create a strong network with other organizations like SGA as well as participating faculty and staff · begin your Rowan Leadership journey and earn your first Leadership Certification The #1 recommendation student leaders on campus have for new students to Rowan University is to “Get Involved,” and this is a great place to start! FLIP is a year-long leadership development program that allows freshmen to get immediately involved on campus, create positive friendships with their peers as well as with volunteer Leadership Mentor staff whose purpose is to make a beneficial difference in your transition to Rowan University. Throughout the year, FLIP participants will engage in various workshops, interactive presentations and team building exercises. FLIP has proven to be extremely beneficial for its participants over the years with many of its alumni becoming PROS, RAs and SGA officials. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what Rowan University can do for you, how you can better yourself as a leader and to understand the difference you can make both on and off campus. When are FLIP Meetings? FLIP occurs about two times a month during the free period on Fridays at 1:45 p.m.​ FLIP prepares new students to be effective new members to student organizations, including Freshman Class Senators. See the application on ProfLink for more information.

Student learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of various leadership paradigms and styles, and identify those that resonate most closely with their own values and identity. 
  • Understand and enhance their abilities for self-management and ethical decision-making
  • Examine and enhance their ability to use effective leadership tools with others


ASPIRE - September 30-October 2, 2016
The ASPIRE Leadership Development Retreat (Achievement, Success and Progress Through Initiative, Respect and Excellence) is an intensive, interactive, three day leadership experience. Originally implemented as the Students of Color Leadership Development Experience in the fall of 1987, ASPIRE utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to empowering students academically, civically, and professionally through leadership training development, skills enrichment, networking, and collaboration. ASPIRE provides an arena for the exchange of information, activities, and exercises relative to academic readiness, self‐exploration, character building, communication, organizational development, leadership styles, practices, networking/coalition building, collaborative leadership/organizational activities, understanding of the key dimensions of leadership in diverse cultures and contexts, and theories within two distinctive areas:

  • Gateway To Success – Introduces students to the essential skills necessary to be productive, academically focused and well‐connected members of the Rowan University community with a more global view.
  • Middle of the Road – Provides students who may have not fully developed their leadership journey with a learning experience that allows for the acquisition, practice, and reflection of leadership knowledge, skills, and values through collaboratively designed and implemented innovative workshops and experiences.

For more information regarding ASPIRE, please contact Julie Peterson in the Student Life & Dean of Student's Office, Savitz 203, or via email at peterson@rowan.edu.


First-Year Connection: Leadership “Boot Camp” - August 23-27, 2016
Students participating in the First-Year Connection: Leadership trip can achieve their Leadership Training certification before fall term classes begin at Rowan University!

First-Year Connection gives you a jump start on learning new skills and establishing long-lasting friendships. Through Freshman Connection, you can start your college experience early. As a program participant, you will meet a variety of people including Rowan staff members and upper-class students. You will engage in interactive activities and small group discussions designed to help you learn leadership concepts, make new friends, and create a plan for involvement. If you are a residential student, you will also have the benefit of moving into your room early.

Cost: $350 per person
Includes housing on-campus, a retreat to Camp Haluwasa (which includes swimming, team-building, obstacle course, leadership development and a low ropes course), meals, activities, transportation, and a t-shirt.

Registration: We will begin taking registration once freshman orientations begin, and will remain open until we reach our maximum capacity. All participants must complete the registration form on ProfLink, as well as submit payment to our office in order to have your registration confirmed. Registration will be on a first-come, first-assigned basis. Once capacity is reached, we will begin a wait list. If your enrollment is unable to be fulfilled, you will be contacted and your payment will be returned in full. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email Gary Baker at bakerga@rowan.edu.




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