The Take Flight Leadership Retreat is a full weekend leadership experience designed to build relationships between executive boards of student organizations, groups residing in the lower level of the university’s Student Union, and fostering leadership in students from freshmen to seniors. The retreat will consist of interactive team building and experiential-based activities along with workshops and presentations designed to challenge and engage meaningful conversations about leadership, collaboration, programming, and shared goals. The five leadership concepts, mentioned above, are described in greater detail in Kouzes and Posner’s book, The Student Leadership Challenge. The concepts also compliment the five core values of the Wilber and Orville Wright Leadership Academy (WOWLA); authenticity, living in unity, innovation, vision, and empowerment. The retreat will consist of interactive team building and experiential-based activities along with workshops and presentations designed to challenge and engage meaningful conversations about leadership, collaboration, programming, and shared goals. Team leaders will be provided with the book and exercises that they will assist with during the training process. An overview of these principles is below:
- Model the Way
Working to live their organizations values at all times. Helping newer members understand the importance of the values the organization is founded upon.
- Inspire a Shared Vision
Work toward shard goals for the organization or improvement of relationships within the organization. This can also branch out to working with others who have similar organizational goals.
- Challenge the Process
Looking for innovative ways to improve the organization.
- Enable Others to Act
Actively involving others, making each person feel capable and powerful. The person does not have to be a titled leader within the organization.
- Encourage the Heart
Recognize contributions that individuals make, share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like super heroes?