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What is LEAD?
Lead, Engage, Aspire, Develop (LEAD) is a SSAF funded leadership program, which gives aspiring student leaders an opportunity to build leadership capacity, interpersonal communication and gain skills for future employment.
LEAD in 2016 was a great success and we are expanding the 2017 program to involve more face-to-face workshops and activities and events.
What does the LEAD program involve?
The LEAD program will provide students with training that will help them build their leadership capacities, self-awareness, communication, and intercultural understanding. This will involve:
- A one-day conference (in April during the intra-session break) on Kingswood campus
- Leadership workshops series
- An off-campus retreat
- A completion ceremony
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to be a part of the LEAD program, you must:
- Be a current student of Western Sydney University
- Be able to travel to multiple campuses including Parramatta, Kingswood and Bankstown
- Confirm your commitment and responsibility
- Complete the questionnaire after completing the application form which demonstrates your:
- Potential to be a leader at Western Sydney University and,
- Enthusiasm to make the most of and appreciate this opportunity
LEADers will be students who are enthusiastic and who will actively engage with other LEAD students.
What will I gain?
The feedback from students who participated in 2016 was overwhelmingly positive with students saying, "The conference and the leadership workshops were great. I really learned how to improve specific aspects of my leadership", "After learning more about my strengths and weaknesses. I now know where to apply them...I also now know areas in which I can further improve to help make me the person I envision to become" and, "the best part was feeling involved in something with a purpose".
Along with the experience, the LEAD program has a wide range of benefits, including:
- Access to professionals within and outside of the University during the conference and workshops
- The opportunity to participate in and engage with others on topical themes
- Networking with like-minded people and build your professional contacts
- Building your confidence, enhancing your employability skills and learning from the best
- An invitation to an outdoor leadership retreat
- An invitation to a ceremony upon completion to acknowledge your hard work and LEADing efforts
What is expected of a Leader?
To successful complete the LEAD program and receive a certificate of completion, you will need to:
- Be an active participant in group activities
- Provide comprehensive intra-program and end of program evaluations and reflections
- Complete 100 points of the available 180 points by attending a selection of face-to-face activities:
- A full one day conference
- Off-campus retreat
Being part of the LEAD program is a valuable experience and unique opportunity. We expect that students recognise that and commit to completing all necessary requirements of the program. LEADers will also have demonstrated a consistently positive approach to the University and their learning, this means LEADers will be:
- Reliable – Good attendance and punctuality
- A good sport – Consistently positive and co-operative
- Respectful – Positively acknowledging students, staff members and external personnel
- Organised – complete each requirement in a timely manner
- Enthusiastic – actively engage with students, staff and external personnel and demonstrate willingness to get the most out of the program
How do I register?
Registrations have closed for 2017.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email the LEAD Project Team.
Ph: (02) 9772 6136