Leadership Programs

The Vision

Georgia College will be a nationally preeminent university where leaders are formed through scholarship, public service, and community engagement. 

The Mission

The Georgia College Office of Leadership Programs aims to empower GC students in forging meaningful connections to their communities and world. Through curricular programs, co-curricular experiences, and individual consulting, the faculty and staff of Leadership Programs work to equip students as conscientious and engaged citizens and to serve as leaders for the public good. 

Why does leadership matter?

1. Leadership skills last a lifetime. These skills enable you to succeed during college and in your career. Learning how to establish trust, build relationships, form a team, communicate ideas, empower others, innovate, and make decisions enable you to lead others competently.

2. The impact is real. Effective leadership makes a meaningful difference in the quality of work you do and it changes the lives of those you work with.

3. The need is great. Leadership is needed in all sectors of society. Leadership does not depend on your major. We need teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, scientists, public servants, non-profit directors, and many other professionals capable of effectively working with others to create positive change.

4. The opportunity is here. It is not the case that you either have these skills or you don’t; leadership can be learned. You simply need the desire to learn, a passion for your work, and the willingness to put in effort.

We have opportunities here at Georgia College for you to start – or continue – your personal leadership journey.

Emerging Leaders

In Emerging Leaders, first-year GC students clarify personal values, explore professional interests, develop leadership skills, learn about opportunities to get involved, and connect with others motivated to make a meaningful difference in the world. 

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Leadership Certificate Program (LCP)

GC students learn the principles of effective leadership by examining leadership models and ideas, acquiring hands-on leadership practice, assessing and building leadership strengths and abilities, reflecting on the past leadership experiences, pursuing present leadership opportunities, and preparing for the future leadership challenges. 

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Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM)

GC students learn what it takes to become a civic leader and learn how to succeed in the professional world from mentors with years of leadership experience, many of whom serve on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

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Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)

ODK, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes GC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for demonstrating the qualities of outstanding leadership and citizenship – exemplary character, responsible leadership and service, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and consecration to democratic ideals.

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Inspire Forum

Inspire! Student Leadership Forum

The Inspire! series invites notable business and nonprofit executives to campus to share leadership lessons with GC students. Attendees network with fellow students who are motivated to create positive change and desire to gain real-world insight into leadership, so they can lead in a way that brings out the best in others. 

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If you have questions about any of the programs, please contact:

Dr. Harold Mock
Director of Leadership Programs and Assistant Professor of History
206 Lanier Hall | 478-445-1227 | harold.mock@gcsu.edu | Campus Box 128

Home Page: gcsu.edu/leadership
Email: leadership.programs@gcsu.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/GCInspire
Instagram: instagram.com/gcleadership/