Certified Student Leader: Group Fundamentals
This online course helps students learn some of the most important lessons in effective leadership, gleaned from the best practices of successful organizations worldwide. It covers critical skills the students need to be an effective student leader both in college and beyond.
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Student Leadership Group Fundamentals Online Course
The National Center for Student Leadership Certified Student Leader: Group Fundamentals online course is designed to help your students learn some of the most important lessons in effective leadership, gleaned from the best practices of successful organizations worldwide. Designed for student organization leaders, and student government leaders including student government associations, student senates or student trustees for presidents, vice-presidents or senators.
This online course covers critical skills your students need to be effective leaders both in college and their careers, including:
- Managing conflict
- Conducting effective meetings
- Spearheading strategic planning
- Leading with integrity
- Embracing diversity and difference
- Transitioning leadership
- Planning and publicizing events
This online multimedia course includes 8 modules, each led by a popular and experienced National Center for Student Leadership presenter.
- Becoming a Leader of Character
- Interpersonal Skills for a Cohesive Student Organization
- Intentional and Inclusive Community Building
- Prepare for Success: Strategic Planning
- Effective Organizational Meetings
- Event Success: Planning and Publicity
- Transforming and Resolving Conflict
- Playing the Part: Roles and Transitions
Each student also receives supplemental materials, including handouts, PowerPoints, post-presentation testing, and more.
Taken together, we can help you build a strong, cohesive, goal-focused student leadership team, and show your students how to lead that team with insight, impact and integrity.
For all campus student leaders
Individuals are not the only ones that will benefit from this training. Since there are case studies and discussion questions included in Certified Student Leader: Group Fundamentals, the course is most effective taken as a group.
And you don't have to limit it to just your organization… invite leaders from other student groups, as well.
Spread the word and boost leadership effectiveness campus-wide!
While some parts of the online course are intended for group discussion, the course is also effective for individuals wishing to enhance their leadership and become a Certified Student Leader.
1. Becoming a Leader of Character
You want to lead and live as a person of character and integrity. So how do you live your values ... and how do you maintain your commitment to do so? Learn more about leadership skills, values, and responsibilities along with the visionary and creative thinking that is necessary to have a positive impact on your academic and personal development. Get the answers you want and need in this inspiring presentation. You'll learn:
- What it means to act with integrity
- The essential traits of high character
- Sources of motivation — and how to use them
- How to maintain your resolve to do what's right
- Personal goals for leaders with character
- How acting with integrity will benefit your organization and you.
2. Interpersonal Skills for a Cohesive Student Organization
Simply put, communication makes or breaks an organization. When you communicate poorly as a leader, no one is inspired to follow. And when your members communicate poorly, nothing gets done. This presentation reveals how good communication can build strong interpersonal relationships and drive an organization to great things! You'll learn:
- How to assess your own communication style — strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement
- How to use your natural tendencies to communicate most effectively
- Why knowing your organization's members as individuals is critical to building strong relationships
- How to understand and work with different communication styles
- How to build cohesion through involvement, feedback, and shared standards of excellence
- How to deal constructively with conflict
- How to work toward a group vision while respecting individuality.
3. Intentional and Inclusive Community Building
Organizations thrive when they make the most of the diverse skills, talents, and perspectives of their members. But it takes work to accomplish this. Learn how to promote understanding, bridge differences, and help your organization grow as a learning community. You'll address issues including:
- What a learning community is
- What the norms of a successful learning community are
- The "triggers" that affect you personally, and how they impact your perceptions
- How you can apply a Multicultural Learning and Change Process to your organization
- How you can lead your organization successfully through stages of awareness, knowledge, skills, and action
- How, as a leader, you can best ensure that every voice is heard.
4. Prepare for Success: Strategic Planning
If your organization is going to be successful, it needs more than energetic members; it needs a way to harness that energy toward the achievement of its goals. Here, you'll learn the importance of strategic planning, and gain insight on issues including:
- How strategic planning benefits your organization, its members, and you as a leader
- How to assess your organization using a SWOT analysis
- How to develop a mission statement and a vision, and understand the difference
- How to determine your organization's principles and values, and develop objectives based on them
- How to create an action plan and allocate resources and responsibilities
- How to measure progress.
5. Effective Organizational Meetings
Of all the time spent in organizational meetings, over half is wasted. That's a staggering misuse of time and effort, and a tremendous drain on energy and enthusiasm. Make your meetings different. This presentation will show you how to use meetings to actually get things done. You'll learn:
- Distinctions between business and informational meetings, formal and informal ones
- Why effective meetings are critical to your organization
- How to use an agenda to maintain focus
- How to assess and change the energy of a meeting
- The consequences of passive participation, and the benefits of active participation
- How to introduce parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rules of Order to your organization
- The basic types and uses of motions and amendments
- The pyramid of precedence.
6. Event Success: Planning and Publicity
Whether your organization relies on events for fundraising, recruiting, and informing your campus — or whether events are the whole reason it exists —concerts, performances, etc. — good planning and effective publicity are essential. In this information-packed session, you'll learn:
- The stages of successful event planning
- What to ask yourself before you initiate any project
- The nuts and bolts of the planning process, from building your team, to determining your resource needs, to developing a timeline
- How to mobilize your people
- How to plan publicity, define your target audiences, and deliver your message
- How to determine which media will yield the best and most cost-efficient results
- The good and the bad of word-of-mouth publicity
- The importance of documenting your program.
7. Transforming and Resolving Conflict
In any organization, conflict is unavoidable ... but it's rarely unresolvable. Learn the keys to positive and productive conflict resolution in this insightful presentation. It covers:
- The essential role of good communication in conflict resolution
- Active listening — and how to do it
- Impediments to communication
- How to understand and deal with varying approaches to conflict
- Factors that can exacerbate conflict
- Keys to effective problem-solving and resolution
- How to stay focused on relationships rather than outcomes.
8. Playing the Part: Roles and Transitions
One of the best things you can do for your student organization is to leave it in good hands. But transitioning from year to year is challenging, and in many organizations, poor transitions undo a lot of hard work. In this presentation, you'll learn how to help prepare your organization's next generation of leaders by:
- Identifying the best candidates for leadership roles
- Creating a sense of involvement and ownership
- Establishing transition goals
- Communicating roles and responsibilities
- Identifying contacts and sources of support, on and off campus
- Reviewing organizational structure, history and procedures
- Introducing new leaders to manuals, policies and other documentation
- Following up after the transition period.
When your students successfully complete the CSL course, they'll receive the respected Certified Student Leader® designation. They'll have the skills and knowledge they need to be a better leader - certified and documented.
But far more important than the piece of paper are the knowledge and skills they take from the course. They will be better prepared to make a real difference on your campus - and better prepared for leadership roles after college.
What is included?
- A facilitator guide
- 8 online video modules
- Handouts, processing questions, and learning outcomes.
- A final assessment to designate the Certified Student Leaders
- And more!
Who should take it?
- Members of any campus organization (it's best if the entire group can participate).
- If you organization is very large, you may choose a segment of active leaders to take the course.
- Organization advisors should also participate in the course.
How long does it take to complete?
Each of the 8 modules takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. After you complete the modules, you will take the final assessment required for certification as a Certified Student Leader®. You can expect to devote approximately 12-15 hours to complete the course. Remember, the course is self-directed, so you can complete the course in one day, or spread it out among different days if that works better.
How does the course work?
- You will assign a Campus Administrator that will promote the course to the students and monitor their progress. This is typically the advisor or the president of the organization.
- The Campus Administrator will receive a Facilitator's Guide to help them maximize the course information.
- Each participating student will be able to login to the course to view the modules and take the final assessment.
- Click here for our FAQs to answer all of your questions about the course.
What will happen once I register
We recommend that the person who will serve as the Campus Administrator registers your organization. Once we receive your registration, we will process your order and set your school or organization up with its own access portal to the course. Within 5 business days, we will send out instructions for accessing the course to the e-mail address you provided at registration. From there, the Campus Administrator will follow the directions for administering the course to the rest of the students.
- Recognize the benefits of upholding personal leadership standards while leading with integrity, decency, and character.
- Understand the impact of individual communication styles and skills on a group’s productivity and how improving communication can positively impact collaboration efforts.
- Examine the dynamics of difference as well as the concepts of privilege and discrimination, while also considering the foundations of diverse learning communities and how to activate such a community within your group.
- Identify organizational goals and design an enduring vision based on your group’s mission and purpose by using strategic tools and tactical planning methods.
- Recognize various meeting functions and formats and develop organizational efficacy through the use of specific meeting tools.
- Identify effective planning and publicity tools to increase event success, attendance rates, and campus involvement.
- Discover the roles of cultural differences, relationships, and concern for outcomes in conflict and how to use effective communication and active listening to productively resolve conflict.
- Identify essential transition preparation elements including clear member roles and responsibilities and use these to develop both communication and organizational strategies for group transitions.
Teamworks founder and president, Kristin Skarie is an international speaker, educator, and entrepreneur with twenty-four years of team-building experience with college, corporate, and community organizations.
Kristin’s background includes higher education administration, organization development in healthcare, and small business advancement.
Her “Plant A Seed – Make A Difference” Foundation fosters collaboration with visionary organizations including the American Indian College Fund. Kristin presents keynotes, workshops, and retreats on sustainable leadership, managing change, leadership styles, and customer service. Her style is inclusive, genuine, and grounded in real life practice and experience. Kristin also facilitates for LeaderShape, Inc. and Kiwanis International. She is a Pencil Partner with the Rochester, NY city school district and was recognized as a 2010 Rochester Athena nominee for her work in mentoring, leadership, and service. Kristin is a contributing author to Lessons from the Road: Inspirational Insights from Leading Speakers in Education, with proceeds benefitting Jumpstart, a national literacy initiative.
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, "Dr. J". is known as “the engagement specialist”. As the president of the Washington Consulting Group, Dr. J. has worked with over 300 institutions inside and outside of higher education.
For over 30 years, he has helped students, faculty, and staff work more effectively together.
Whether you are struggling with having a difficult conversation, trying to help your organization engage issues of social justice and inclusion, or looking to clarify your purpose and life, Dr. J. brings the breadth and depth of experiences as a minister, educator, consultant, and life coach.
Dr. J. believes “when you show up authentic, you create the space for others to do the same.”
Kim Novak, Founder and CEO of NovakTalks, is considered an expert in hazing prevention and student-focused risk management working with a diverse group of partners to help create communities of care.
Kim has served as the director for student and campus community development at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Prior to joining the ASU community, Kim worked for nine years at Texas A&M University where she lead the implementation of the University’s proactive risk management plan for student organizations. She has a B.A. in English and a Masters of Public Administration from Southwest Missouri State University.
She has been invited to speak at national conferences and on college campuses around the country on a variety of topics including: student empowerment & leadership, effective self-governance, critical decision-making strategies, current issues in higher education law and policy, as well as proactive risk management.
Kim offers a high energy, interactive presentation style aimed at providing participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in both practical and theoretical perspectives.
Susan Leahy has been motivating, challenging and inspiring college and corporate audiences for over 15 years. She is a communication specialist whose message revolves around taking personal responsibility for how you choose to show up, communicate and participate in your life. Susan is a former Student Body President from Cal Poly Pomona. After earning her master’s in applied behavioral science she worked in management development and managed a successful online business robertsrulesmadesimple.com. Susan’s passion for motivating women has led her to found the American Collegiate Women’s Association (ACWA) www.ACWAonline.com which supports the development of collegiate women across the nation by providing leadership conferences and a community for women to learn, experience and grow as leaders in all areas of life.
Michael began his career in higher education and spent ten wonderful years serving in various positions in student affairs. For the last ten years he has worked as a trainer for a major U.S. corporation.
Michael's leadership training company, Smile & Think Leadership, has provided leadership development to thousands of groups on over 750 college and university campuses.
With a widely diverse background, Karin Malkowski Stende delivers programs that touch hearts, challenge minds, and explore possibilities.
Among her varied professions, Karin has been a buffalo rancher and a nontraditional college student; she has coached numerous state speech champions and taught at-risk students; she is a speaker/trainer on the college lecture circuit, and she is a mediator, meeting facilitator, and conflict resolution consultant.
Karin and her husband, speaker/trainer/author Troy Stende, have recently released their new book, Student Success Secrets They Don't Teach You in the Classroom. A member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Karin creates effective keynotes, trainings, and dispute resolution programs for campuses, organizations, and individuals.
Chuck Lloyd, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Student Life at NHTI, Concord’s Community College. In addition to his role in Student Affairs, he crosses over to the faculty side of the college by teaching in the Business Department.
Previously awarded the 2006 NHTI Service Learning Award and 2007 Commissioner’s Award for Service Excellence, Lloyd is an accomplished student advocate and motivator. In addition to student activities, he maintains a strong passion for student leadership and service. In the past few years, Chuck has offered dozens of workshops and presentations both internationally and in the United States on a variety of educationally purposeful topics.
He graduated from Keene State College with a BS in 2002, completed his M.Ed. in 2007, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in 2010 from Plymouth State University. Most recently, Chuck completed his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.
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