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Leaders deal with rapid changes brought about by new technologies, globalization, politics, environmental concerns and war, transforming the basic values, beliefs and attitudes of followers to build organizational capacity for positive change. Take the steps in becoming a great leader with Blazer Ready.

Most workshops are offered in both a face-to-face and virtual format. If you are unable to attend a face-to-face event you may request a substitution. If you are enrolled in an academic leadership class a substitution for some requirements may also be available. Contact a Student Life Coordinator for further guidance: Ms. Maggi Hole, mhole@valdosta.edu 

Learn more about Leadership and Development Certificate

 

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Leadership Development Experience.

  • Complete the Initial Participation Survey in BlazerLink.
  • Attend a Blazer Ready Information Session – Interested in learning more about Blazer Ready and how it can benefit you personally and professionally? Join us for a brief overview of the program requirements and learn how you can track your progress towards becoming Blazer Ready! 
  • Join a Student Organization which interests you. 
  • Attend one Leadership Development workshop from each of the skill areas below:  
    • Identity Development 
      • Leadership Essentials: Leadership Identity and Self Awareness  
      • Leadership Essentials: True Colors  
    • Nonverbal Communication 
    • Listening 
      • Leadership Essentials: Leaders Actively Listen  
    • Verbal Articulation 
      • Leadership Essentials: How to be confident and persuasive in conversations. 
      • Leadership Essentials: Communicating Effectively  
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Leadership Development EXPLORE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. Why did you choose to participate in the Leadership Development opportunity?  
  2. Which student organization did you join? Describe in detail what observations you have of how the leaders of the organization operate. How do you see yourself leading (skills and approach) based on what you observe of the current organization leaders? 
  3. Describe what you learned about your own leadership identity after attending the Identity Development workshops. How do you see your leadership identity showing up in groups?
  4. Describe what communication skills you learned and how it can apply to your leadership identity.  

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Career Preparation Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Attend one Leadership Conference
  • Attend one Leadership Development workshop from each of the skill areas below:
    • Achieve Common Goals
      • Leadership Toolkit: Building on Others Ideas & Giving Credit
      • Serve in a leadership role within a student organization, class project committee, group, or community activity.  
    • Motivate & Inspire
      • Leadership Toolkit: Fostering Teamwork & Collaboration
      • Leadership Toolkit: Relationship Building for Leaders  
    • Model the Way
      • Leadership Toolkit: Modeling Leadership
      • Ethics, Integrity, and the Blazer Creed
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Leadership Development FOCUS Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. Describe a common goal you helped lead within a group or organization setting?  
  2. Describe how you inspired or motivated others within a group or organization setting?  
  3. How have your personal values and the Blazer Creed influenced your leadership approach?
  4. Discuss one concept you learned at a Leadership Conference. How have you incorporated that concept into your leadership approach?  

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Leadership Development Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Attend one Leadership Development workshop from each of the skill areas below: 
    • Advocate
      • Leadership Excellence: Advocacy
    • Change Leadership
      • Leadership Excellence: Creating a Transition Blueprint
    • Public Speaking
      • Leadership Excellence: 5 Essential Skills of Public Speaking
    • Facilitation
      • Leadership Excellence: Facilitate and Effective Meeting
      • Leadership Excellence: Managing Differences
    •  
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Leadership Development ACHIEVE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. What are the primary lessons you have learned from this Leadership Development program about the kind of leader you want to be and the kind of leader you can be?  
  2. Consider a recent opportunity when you were leading others. What did you do to ensure everyone in the group had a voice and buy-in in the decision-making process? 
  3. Describe a time when you were challenged as a leader or failure made you a better leader. What personal characteristics or attitudes does it take to turn failure into a successful leadership experience?  How would you help others manage differences or learn from challenges?
  4. Having completed the Leadership Development program, please evaluate your level of experience with the following competencies: 
    1. Leadership – Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve common organizational goals.
    2. Communication – Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization. 
    3. Teamwork – Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
    4. Critical Thinking –  Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  5. Provide any additional feedback you believe is helpful in knowing more about your experience with the Leadership Development program. 

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Leadership Development Experience.

  • Complete the Initial Participation Survey in BlazerLink.
  • Attend a Blazer Ready Information Session – Interested in learning more about Blazer Ready and how it can benefit you personally and professionally? Join us for a brief overview of the program requirements and learn how you can track your progress towards becoming Blazer Ready! 
  • Join a Student Organization which interests you. 
  • Attend one Leadership Development workshop from each of the skill areas below:  
    • Identity Development 
      • Leadership Essentials: Leadership Identity and Self Awareness  
      • Leadership Essentials: True Colors  
    • Nonverbal Communication 
    • Listening 
      • Leadership Essentials: Leaders Actively Listen  
    • Verbal Articulation 
      • Leadership Essentials: How to be confident and persuasive in conversations. 
      • Leadership Essentials: Communicating Effectively  
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Leadership Development EXPLORE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. Why did you choose to participate in the Leadership Development opportunity?  
  2. Which student organization did you join? Describe in detail what observations you have of how the leaders of the organization operate. How do you see yourself leading (skills and approach) based on what you observe of the current organization leaders? 
  3. Describe what you learned about your own leadership identity after attending the Identity Development workshops. How do you see your leadership identity showing up in groups?
  4. Describe what communication skills you learned and how it can apply to your leadership identity.  

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Career Preparation Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Attend one Leadership Conference
  • Attend one Leadership Development workshop from each of the skill areas below:
    • Achieve Common Goals
      • Leadership Toolkit: Building on Others Ideas & Giving Credit
      • Serve in a leadership role within a student organization, class project committee, group, or community activity.  
    • Motivate & Inspire
      • Leadership Toolkit: Fostering Teamwork & Collaboration
      • Leadership Toolkit: Relationship Building for Leaders  
    • Model the Way
      • Leadership Toolkit: Modeling Leadership
      • Ethics, Integrity, and the Blazer Creed
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Leadership Development FOCUS Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. Describe a common goal you helped lead within a group or organization setting?  
  2. Describe how you inspired or motivated others within a group or organization setting?  
  3. How have your personal values and the Blazer Creed influenced your leadership approach?
  4. Discuss one concept you learned at a Leadership Conference. How have you incorporated that concept into your leadership approach?  

Objectives

Log into your BlazerLink to access the Blazer Ready Experience. As you complete each objective, you will earn credit toward the Leadership Development Experience. Click here to review a helpful guide on accessing and completing these objectives.

  • Attend one Leadership Development workshop from each of the skill areas below: 
    • Advocate
      • Leadership Excellence: Advocacy
    • Change Leadership
      • Leadership Excellence: Creating a Transition Blueprint
    • Public Speaking
      • Leadership Excellence: 5 Essential Skills of Public Speaking
    • Facilitation
      • Leadership Excellence: Facilitate and Effective Meeting
      • Leadership Excellence: Managing Differences
    •  
  • Submit the reflection of your experience.

Reflection Questions

Your reflection question responses are submitted inside BlazerLink once you have completed the Leadership Development ACHIEVE Objectives.

These questions are provided for your review to better understand what reflection prompts are asked.

  1. What are the primary lessons you have learned from this Leadership Development program about the kind of leader you want to be and the kind of leader you can be?  
  2. Consider a recent opportunity when you were leading others. What did you do to ensure everyone in the group had a voice and buy-in in the decision-making process? 
  3. Describe a time when you were challenged as a leader or failure made you a better leader. What personal characteristics or attitudes does it take to turn failure into a successful leadership experience?  How would you help others manage differences or learn from challenges?
  4. Having completed the Leadership Development program, please evaluate your level of experience with the following competencies: 
    1. Leadership – Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve common organizational goals.
    2. Communication – Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization. 
    3. Teamwork – Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
    4. Critical Thinking –  Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  5. Provide any additional feedback you believe is helpful in knowing more about your experience with the Leadership Development program. 
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