The Leadership Challenge Program

The Leadership Challenge is a new, eight-week leadership development program offered by the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service as part of the Kean Leadership Institute. This program will engage Kean University’s new and rising student leaders through a series of workshop discussions and activities focusing on developing the individual leader.

Prior to each workshop, participants will be given the chance to interact and network with a dinner. Workshop topics and activities will range from week to week during the eight-week program.

All Kean University undergraduate students, with more than 12 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 Challenge program are due online by Tuesday, December 14, 2010. If spaces are available, additional applications will be accepted for late admission up until Tuesday, January 25, 2011. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Leadership and Service.


Applications Are No Longer Being Accepted for Spring 2011.


About the Program

The Leadership Challenge program is based off the book The Student Leadership Challenge, written and researched by leadership experts Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Through the exploration of the five exemplary leadership practices – Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart – this program is designed to build basic leadership skills enabling anyone to be a leader, regardless of age or experience.

The Leadership Challenge program has been developed to compliment the individual dimensions, or values, of the Social Change Model of Leadership: consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment.

Offered through the Center for Leadership and Service in spring 2011, The Leadership Challenge program is designed for up to thirty dedicated and committed students in a fast paced eight-week dinner-workshop series. Throughout the program, participants will not only learn about five exemplary practices of highly effective leaders, but also about themselves and how to develop their skills and leadership competencies. If you want to get involved and fine-tune your leadership ability, 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 and leadership skills;
  • Build connections and network with other student leaders;
  • 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 Challenge dinner-workshop series begins the first week in February 2011, and are held on Tuesdays at the Kean Ocean Campus, in Toms River, NJ, and Thursdays at the Kean University Main Campus, in Union, NJ, from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the workshop following at 6 p.m.



Thursday, February 3, 2011

Participants will be introduced to the Leadership Challenge program as they get to know each other, review the Leadership Challenge program schedule, activities and expectations.



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Participants will develop their own definition of leadership and analyze its meaning by applying leadership practices to daily experiences and responsibilities.



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Participants will identify and examine various values that they feel are important to them, examine their relationship to their organization and their responsibility to lead by example.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Everyone has heard of a “shared vision” and through this workshop, participants will clarify its meaning by identifying characteristics of leaders who inspire action.



Thursday, March 3, 2011

Participants will develop meaningful strategies for effectively solving problems by examining the role of consequences in problem-solving and decision-making differentiating between healthy and unhealthy risks.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Leadership is a team sport that requires collaboration and enabling others to act. Participants will analyze the relationship between motivation and leadership by identifying strategies to enable action.



Thursday, March 31, 2011

Participants will indentify strategies to encourage and support others by creating unique ways to encourage and support individual differences, abilities, and strengths ultimately examining the impact of recognition on others’ esteem and performance.



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Upon the completion of the program, the accomplishments of the participants will be celebrated as they reflect on their experience.


Program Expectations

  • Attendance to all eight Leadership Challenge workshops;
  • 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:




Center for Leadership and Service

University Center room 219
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Phone: (908) 737-5170
Fax: (908) 737-5175




Scott Snowden

Assistant Director, Student Life and Media Services
Phone: (908) 737-5180

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