Students help students develop leadership skills

Gettysburg College students became more effective team members and leaders after participating in workshops hosted by the Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC).

Students from a mix of class years and majors attended the Dream Team Workshop Series, which was offered in four installments this fall. Three of the GLC's Leadership Mentors, Megan Bailey '14, David Gilmore '14, and Colin Pryor '13, developed and led each workshop. Using Patrick Lencioni's "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable" as their guide, they interactively explored the concepts of trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results.

Instead of lecturing for 60 minutes, the mentors incorporated role-playing exercises, games, popular media, and informal discussion into each session. Participants analyzed conflicts featured in movies, learned about trust through a fast-paced conversational exercise, and reflected upon individual experiences, among other activities. "These workshops were not about instructing students," said Pryor. "They were about introducing and discussing leadership strategies to help them find their own way to tackle common organizational issues."

The Leadership Mentors collaborated with Andy Hughes, Director of the Garthwait Leadership Center, to develop the program. "The Mentors were invested in researching topics and brainstorming facilitation strategies to make each workshop interesting, informative, and experiential," said Hughes. "They also became their own ‘dream team,' working together to accomplish multiple tasks associated with each workshop - from marketing, to assessment, and everything in-between."

Dream Team Workshop gameIn addition to developing student leaders, the workshops also increased awareness of the GLC and the Leadership Mentors. "We provided a way for students to experience leadership development, as well as learn about everything that the GLC has to offer," said Hughes.

A new Dream Team Workshop Series is being developed for the spring 2012 semester. Check the GLC website after Jan. 23 for more information.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521

Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2011




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