Leadership Georgia College

Leadership Georgia College prepares its members to provide distinguished professional and civic leadership within their fields and their professions.
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Leadership Georgia College prepares its members to provide distinguished professional and civic leadership within their fields and their professions. Our aim is to expand and deepen the university's network of advocates and to improve the university's national profile by positioning our members as leaders in professional and civic networks and organizations.

Applications Due — Monday, 7 February 2022

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Why Leadership Georgia College? 

  • Networking with nationally recognized leaders, executives, and elected officials 

  • Holistic approach to leadership development 

  • Signature retreats, conferences, and travel opportunities 

  • Ongoing leadership consultations, assessment, and feedback 

  • Dynamic and interactive opportunities to practice your leadership—at Georgia College and beyond 

What Will I Learn?

Through Leadership Georgia College, participants learn the skills to practice leadership in your profession and community. 

  • Leadership: A Social Process. At Georgia College, we believe that leadership should serve the public good. Leadership should serve others before ourselves. 

  • Managing Stakeholders. Building relationships is only the start. You'll learn how to nourish and sustain those relationships; you'll work with others to achieve your goals and inspire a shared vision. 

  • Ethics of Public Trust. Universities occupy a sacred place in society, and their leaders are stewards of the public trust. You'll learn and practice skills of honesty, integrity, and authenticity. 

  • Leadership in the State of Georgia. You'll learn the nuts and bolts of leadership in the State of Georgia and understand the public policy and political environment that shape our profession. 

  • Influencing and Shaping Public Discourse. You'll learn how to practice leadership in your field, preparing yourself for leadership in your profession. 

  • Bringing Together the Public, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors. To confront the challenges of tomorrow, our leaders must be social entrepreneurs, able to forge connections between government, private business, and nonprofits. 

  • The University as a Force for Good. Universities exist to seek and find the truth; their leaders must do the same. You'll learn how to connect your work to enduring questions of public interest. 

At a Glance

  • Program Duration: 10 months, March-December 
  • Cohort Size: 10 participants 
  • Cost: $0—All program materials included 
  • Time Commitment: 5-6 hours per month
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Program Benefits

  • Opportunity for nomination to Leadership Baldwin.
  • Opportunity to publish in our Leadership Brief series.
  • Preferred rates for our tailored consulting services and Leadership Solutions.
What Will I Receive?
  • Birkman Signature® assessment, interpreted by a Birkman Certified Professional.
  • Personalized comprehensive leadership profile and customized leadership-development plan.
  • Yearlong subscription to GeorgiaTrend magazine.
  • Print and digital access to Georgia College’s Leadership Forecast.
  • Exclusive access to luncheons and dinners with distinguished guests.
  • Signature retreats, travel, conferences, and site visits across Georgia.
  • Dynamic and interactive opportunities to practice their leadership—at Georgia College and beyond.
  • All program materials, including Harvard Business Review’s Managing Oneself and Fareed Zakaria’s In Defense of a Liberal Education.
Application and Selection

Applicants to Leadership Georgia College will be evaluated on the basis of their potential for professional and civic leadership, giving particular attention to the following: 

  • Thoughtful commitment to leadership that connects the applicant's work at the university to professional and civic networks beyond Georgia College. 
  • Demonstrated interest in leadership, civic affairs, and public life. 

Requirements and Conditions for Eligibility

Applicants should have maintained consecutive full-time employment at Georgia College for at least twenty-four months. All full-time staff members are eligible to apply, provided they have maintained at least twenty-four months' unbroken service at the university. 

Selection and Participation 

Members of Leadership Georgia College will be selected through an application process commencing in January. Dossiers should include the following items. 

  • Letter of Application. A one- to two-page letter of application should address the applicant's interest in connecting their field to leadership, civic affairs, and public life. 
  • Resume or CV. Applicants should provide a current resume or CV, detailing their professional experiences. 
  • Letters of Support. The applicant should provide two letters of support, emailed directly to leadership.programs@gcsu.edu. One letter should come from the applicant's current supervisor at Georgia College, (a) verifying that the applicant met or exceeded expectations in their last performance review and (b) offering support for the applicant's participation in the program. 

A selection committee, chaired by the director of leadership programs, will offer to the university president a slate of recommended participants, and the President’s Executive Cabinet will make the final selection. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions in February.

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