Leadership Academy

Whether you’re just beginning your leadership journey or already pursuing your passions, the Leadership Academy will equip you for leadership at Georgia College and beyond.

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At Georgia College, leadership means more.

Leadership is about forging meaningful connections to our communities and world. It is a perspective, not a position. Good leadership requires us to speak out powerfully and passionately for a given cause and to marshal our resources to a given end. The intensive leadership education we provide at Georgia College helps our students identify what matters to them, how to make positive change in their communities and world, and how to serve as leaders for the public good. 

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The Georgia College Leadership Academy is an eight-month program for first-year students. Whether you’re just beginning your leadership journey or already pursuing your passions, the Leadership Academy will equip you for leadership at Georgia College and beyond.

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The Leadership Academy will prepare you to lead at all levels. You will learn to . . .

  • Lead Yourself. Leading others and leading organizations always begins with leading ourselves. The Leadership Academy will equip you to clarify your personal values and define your approach to leadership. 
  • Lead Others. In addition to the practical skills you'll acquire, effective leadership requires us to recognize and communicate our personal leadership styles. Through the Leadership Academy, you will learn to inspire a shared vision and empower others. 
  • Lead at Georgia College. Using GC and Milledgeville as your laboratory, you will practice, reflect upon, and be mentored in your leadership. The Leadership Academy will get you connected to the community and help you build your professional network. 
  • Lead Beyond. Leadership is needed everywhere. Through the Leadership Academy, you will learn to apply your leadership broadly--to your profession, community, and world.
Why the Leadership Academy?
  • Personalized attention.  
  • Customized leadership-development plan and learning experiences based on your leadership profile.
  • Ongoing leadership consultations, assessment, and feedback. 
  • Dynamic and interactive opportunities to practice your leadership--at Georgia College and beyond. 
  • Mentorship from trained facilitators and faculty. 
  • Signature retreats, conferences, and travel opportunities. 
  • Exclusive access to online leadership-development toolkit and resources. 
  • Networking with nationally recognized leaders, executives, elected officials.
Choose a path, or forge your own.

Our students take many paths through the Leadership Academy. With the support of our faculty, consultants, and leadership facilitators, Leadership Academy participants can choose a pathway—or design their own. 

Pathways are just that: possible paths to your leadership destination. Our pathways are designed to meet you where you are and provide more specialized opportunities to learn and practice your skills as a leader. Based on your personalized leadership profile and the goals you set for yourself, you can chart a course through the Leadership Academy with the support of similarly ambitious peers and specially equipped facilitators. Your faculty and facilitators will guide and support your journey, and the Leadership Academy will provide you the tools to be successful.

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Program Fee
$95. All program expenses and materials included. Late registration options available.

Time Commitment
About 45-60 minutes per week. With flexibility and designed to meet your schedule.

Average Workshop Size
24 participants

Leadership Facilitators
20 Facilitators

Facilitator/Participant Ratio


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From Here, Anywhere.

This is only the beginning. Graduates of the Leadership Academy enjoy many benefits, during the program and across your time at Georgia College. 


You'll be part of a network of leaders you can rely on at GC and beyond.


Enjoy special access to events, visiting VIPs, and networking opportunities.


Prequalify for admission to the Leadership Certificate Program and the Georgia Education Mentorship Program.

Our graduates change the world.

Graduates of our program are spreading out across the world, serving as leaders for the public good.



Continue Your Leadership Journey

Leadership Certificate Program

Georgia College's Leadership Certificate Program provides students the opportunity to learn the principles of effective leadership and to acquire hands-on learning experience beyond the classroom. 

Intercultural Leadership in France

Our signature study-abroad program, based in the European capital of Strasbourg, provides and engaging and interactive study of leadership across cultures, as well as practical training in human rights, dispute resolution, social responsibility, peace-building, and intercultural negotiation. 

Georgia Education Mentorship Program

A one-of-a-kind partnership between Georgia College and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the GEM Program prepares the next generation of Georgia's leaders for the public good. A mentorship and leadership program, GEM matches students with senior state leaders for a yearlong partnership that creates mutual benefit between Georgia College and its partners. 

Affiliate Programs

Georgia College offers a range of specialized leadership-development opportunities. Through strategic partnerships across the university, we offer focused leadership experiences related to nursing, business ethics, journalism, international politics, and more.