Students who serve in leadership roles are transformed by improved self-understanding derived from practical experience and examination of inspirational examples of selfless leadership service; they graduate from the University as citizens who recognize the abundance of leadership opportunities and are ready to accept the mantle of responsibility that comes with these opportunities.
Students electing the Leadership Transformational Experience will 1) complete with a grade of “C” or better at least 3 semester hours of college coursework consisting of an academic study of leadership (e.g., LE 100, NU 450 or any other course, provided that the unit offering the course and the Director of the Leadership Institute endorse it as an academic study of leadership); and 2) serve in one or more functional leadership roles for a minimum of 150 hours. Students who complete a Leadership Studies Minor or Certificate also complete a Leadership WTE in conjunction with their Leadership Studies program. In addition, an independent study may be arranged through the Leadership Institute which would encompass both the academic study component of the Leadership WTE as well as the functional leadership role requirement.
Students will work with a mentor and the Leadership WTE Director to include in their functional leadership roles a specific focus on 1) how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own leadership skills and 2) how a leader becomes an effective change agent. Students will complete their experience by providing both written and oral reports that address what they learned about themselves and their own leadership skills, and how this learning has impacted their view of leaders and leadership.
Leadership Washburn Transformational Experience Advisor: Dr. Michael Gleason