Leadership 2012 Program

Leadership 2012 is a leadership program offered from the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service. Leadership 2012 will engage Kean University's current and rising leaders through a series of workshop lectures, discussions, activities and games - all geared to develop the organizational leader.

Prior to each workshop, participants will be given the chance to interact and network with a dinner. Workshops are held on Thursday nights, following the 5:30 p.m. dinner, at 6 p.m. Workshop topics and activities will range from week to week during the five-week program.

In addition to participating in the workshops, Leadership 2012 will enable the student leaders to work together to plan, propose, implement and participate in a community service project demonstrating their skills and abilities.

All Kean University undergraduate students, with more than 18 credits obtained, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Prior formal leadership experience is not required. Applicants are only asked to possess a desire to bring about positive change to their organizations and community.

Applications for priority admission into the Leadership 2012 program are due online by Monday, February 20, 2012. If spaces are available, additional applications will be accepted for late admission up until Tuesday, February 27, 2012. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Leadership and Service.


Applications are no longer being accepted for Leadership 2012.


About the Program

During your years at Kean, you have experienced amazing growth both intellectually and personally. The Leadership 2012 program is a program designed foster and enhance your learning and development to develop greater group, and organizational leadership competence.

Leadership 2012 program has been developed to compliment the group dimensions, or values, of the Social Change Model of Leadership: collaboration, common purpose, and controversy with civility.

Offered through the Center for Leadership and Service in spring 2012, Leadership 2012 is designed for up to twenty-five dedicated and committed students in a fast paced five week dinner-workshop series. Throughout the program, participants will not only learn about being part of a group/organization and develop their group collaboration skills, but implement the skills learned to effectively work with others to complete a project that will bring about change in our community. If you want to get involved and have an impact in your community, this program is ideal for you.


Key Assumptions

  • “Leadership” is concerned with effecting change on behalf of others and society
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process rather than a position
  • Leadership should be value-based
  • All students (not just those that hold formal leadership positions) are potential leaders
  • Service is a powerful vehicle for developing students’ leadership skills


Benefits of Participation

Participants will:

  • Gain and develop valuable communication, leadership, organizational and planning skills;
  • Build connections and network with peers, faculty, staff and alumni;
  • Develop a stronger understanding of one’s talents, values and interests, especially as they relate to the capacity to provide effective leadership;
  • Receive recognition for participation through a certificate and on their Co-Curricular Transcript.


Program Schedule

The Leadership 2012 dinner-workshop series begins March 1, 2012, and are held on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m. Thursday programs serve dinner at 5:30 p.m. with the workshop following at 6 p.m.


THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 • 5:30 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

Leadership 2012 - Goals and Visions

Participants will review the Leadership 2012 program schedule, activities and expectations. Participants will learn about their leadership styles and abilities as they learn about themselves and identify their personal values. This workshop will also provide an understanding of how to plan your semester for success by introducing goal setting practices and strategies for inspiring a shared vision within your organization.


THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 • 5:30 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

Battling Negativity

This workshop will provide an understanding of how to address certain situations when working in a group or workplace. One of the biggest problems for leaders is to deal with individuals who are excessively negative. Negativity can corrupt the work climate. Participants will learn how to identify strategies to deal with negative team members.


THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012 • 5:30 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

Trust Your Leader

One of the most important parts of being an effective leader is building trust. Trust is something that has to be earned. During this workshop, participants will learn different ways to instill respect and trust within their group as well as gain trust in them.


Thursday, March 29, 2012 • 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Do You Think You Can Serve?

The participants will present their groups Community Service project for the program and it will be graded by a panel.


Thursday, April 5, 2012 • 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Group Reflection

This workshop will allow the participants to reflect on their experiences throughout the five-week leadership program. This workshop will also discuss conflict and ways to mediate and move forward. Furthermore, different techniques to resolve these encounters within your group will be presented.


Program Expectations

  • Attendance to all five Leadership 2012 workshops
  • Plan, propose, implement and attend a group community service prior to March 29, 2012;
  • Maintain a strong academic performance of a 2.50 grade point average or higher;
  • Be free of probation with restrictions in residence, University-wide disciplinary probation or higher level disciplinary sanctions (University-wide probation with restrictions, suspensions, or dismissals).


For More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information about leadership programs in the future, please feel free to contact us using the information provided below:


General Information:

Center for Leadership and Service

University Center room 219
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Phone: (908) 737-5170
Fax: (908) 737-5175
Leadership E-mail: cls@kean.edu


Leadership 2012 Program:

Melissa O'Brien

Graduate Assistant, Leadership Services
Phone: (908) 737-5223
E-mail: obrienme@kean.edu



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