Purpose


The purpose of Leading Edge is to help first-year students find their niche and get involved on campus and in the community while gaining confidence in their ability to lead. Leading Edge is a mechanism to expose students to learning leadership, increasing campus involvement, and engaging in community service. This “emerging leaders” program is focused on capturing and educating our next generation of leaders at LSU.

 

Learning Outcomes


Students who participate in the Leading Edge program will be able to:

  • Discuss personal strengths and how those strengths influence their unique leadership style and identity
  • Demonstrate competence in personal and interpersonal leadership development areas such as: leader identity, communication, group dynamics and problem-solving
  • Establish a plan to continue developing as a leader while attending LSU
  • Recognize and appreciate human difference, as well as the difference as well as the influence difference and diversity have on groups and leaders

 

Leading Edge Sessions


Session 1: Leadership Adventure • November 17, 2013

Pre-trip Meeting


  • November 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. | LSU Student Recreation Complex

The Trip


  • November 16 – 17, 2013 | Azalea Trail near Alexandria, LA
    • Focuses on Authentic leadership, sustainability and environmentally ethical behavior
    • Includes hiking, camping, and participating in problem solving activities

Post-trip Reflection & Recap


  • November 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. | LSU Student Recreation Complex
    • Individual reflection exercises
    • Small group sharing
    • Tying together key concepts from trip 

Session 2: Challenging Your Strengths • January 22, 2014 (rescheduled for March 7 – 8, 2014)

Pre-trip Meeting


  • January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | LSU Student Union
    • StrengthsFinder interpretation activities
    • Instructions on specifics of the trip

The Trip


  • January 24 – 25, 2014 | Retreat Center with ropes on site
    • Focuses on challenging students to think about how they use their strengths to lead
    • Includes overcoming barriers to leadership and balconies/basements of leadership
    • Ropes challenge course

Post-trip Reflection & Recap


  • January 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | LSU Student Union
    • Individual reflection exercises
    • Small group sharing
    • Tying together key concepts from trip

Session 3: Men vs Women • February 15 – 16, 2014

Pre-trip Meeting


  • February 3 or 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | Location TBA
    • Conversation on gender-related leadership
    • Instructions on specifics of the trip

The Trip


  •  February 15 – 16, 2014| Retreat Center
    • Focuses on gendered differences between women and men as well as barriers and bias in gendered leadership
    • Includes building confidence to work more collaboratively to initiate social change

Post-trip Reflection & Recap


  • February 27 or 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | Location TBA
    • Individual reflection exercises
    • Small group sharing
    • Tying together key concepts from trip

Session 4: Be the Change in BR • March 21 – 22, 2014

Pre-trip Meeting


  • March 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | LSU Student Recreation Complex
    • Fundamental teaching of Social Change Model
    • Instructions on specifics of the trip

The Trip


  •  March 21 – 22, 2014| Tickfaw State Park + Geaux BIG BR
    • Focuses on servant leadership and the Social Change Model to discuss ways leaders can create change
    • Includes conversation about civically responsible leadership and issues of human difference
    • Follows participation in Geaux BIG Baton Rouge as a team

Post-trip Reflection & Recap


  • March 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. | LSU Student Recreation Complex
    • Individual reflection exercises
    • Small group sharing
    • Tying together key concepts from trip

 

Leading Edge is FREE to new LSU students! Students can reach us via e-­mail with questions at leading@lsu.eduClick here to learn more or to register online for a session.