We believe EVERYONE has the potential to be a leader! 

At LEAD we help students to develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.
Visit Spain!
May 2022 
Application deadline: January 25, 2022
In conjunction with Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL), the LEAD Office presents this unique Field Studies course to Spain (3 credits). The trip will occur from May 21-30, 2022. For more information and to apply: CLICK HERE

Next Semester’s Events & Programs to Look Out For

Save these dates and look out for some of our upcoming events that will be happening in the Spring semester!

Emerging Leaders - Fridays at 10:30am - 12:00pm
(February 11th, 2022 - April 8th, 2022)
Join us in an 8-week program designed to introduce leadership topics to a cohort of new and beginning leaders. Topics include leadership styles, goal setting, problem solving, values, ethical leadership, and more. Register for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Program: HERE

Alumni Leadership Speaker Series - Tuesday, February 8th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The LEAD Office invites all members of the Mason community to our virtual panel of Mason Alumni for the first instalment of the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series in the Spring semester. The alumni will be talking about their personal leadership experiences when they were students at Mason as well as their participation in internships, practicum experiences, and much more. The event will serve as a great opportunity to understand how leadership skills can be developed and applied in any internship role as the alumni panel share their knowledge and advice to succeed. RSVP: HERE.

INTS 404-001: Ethics and Leadership Course- Spring 2022, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:15pm
In this four-credit course students will deepen and broaden their learning about theories, models, and constructs related to the study and practice of ethics and leadership. Students will learn to better understand themselves as ethical leaders, develop ethical decision-making strategies, communicate effectively in diverse group settings, value civic engagement and actively apply ethical leadership skills. This highly interactive learning community includes experiential learning activities and discussions that connect formal knowledge with real world experiences. This course is offered through the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) and is part of the Leadership Concentration and Minor, but you do not need to be a part of the leadership concentration or minor to register. This class is offered in the spring semester.

For more information about the Ethics and Leadership course contact Dr. Nick Lennon, Director for Leadership Education and Development at 703-993-4186 or via email at nlennon@gmu.edu.

Mason LeaderShape Institute - Tuesday, May 24 - Friday, May 27, 2022
Join us in May for the LeaderShape Institute! The Mason LeaderShape Institute is a 4-day highly interactive retreat that challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the retreat is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future. Find out more information: HERE.

LEAD Spotlight: 

Betzy Balladares

Year: Sophomore
Position: Leadership Consultant
Major & Minor: Social Work with a minor in American Sign Language

Where is your favorite place on campus to hangout?
It has to be the bottom floor of JC since it’s quiet and I get to hang out with my friends there :)

What is your favorite LEAD Program?
Alumni Leadership Speaker Series. I enjoy hearing the experiences of graduated students.

What do you like doing during your free time?
Exercise, catch up on sleep, and watch anime with my brother!

What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I was born and raised in Peru, then I moved to the U.S. when I was 8! So, my first language is Spanish :)

Anything else you would like to share?
Lately, I’ve been listening to old school reggaetón and Japanese City Pop from the 80s. I definitely recommend listening to both genres!
LEAD Fall Semester Overview Highlights
The LEAD office has had a wonderful semester filled with many meaningful and exciting events, programs, and workshops! A lot has happened in the LEAD office and we have enjoyed partnering with several offices, departments and orgs this semester to help fulfill our mission to provide leadership training, resources, services, and recognition to empower students to create positive change. We also provide opportunities for students to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world. Here are some programs and some data showing some of the ways that the LEAD office has made an impact this Fall semester:

LEAD Outreach Leadership Workshops
LEAD offered 35 (8 virtual, 27 in-person) interactive leadership workshops for over 600 participants from July 1 through Thanksgiving (Nov 24, 2021). The workshops covered 10 different topics, including: conflict management, emotional intelligence, ethical decision making, goal setting, leadership styles and values-based leadership. Participants who completed LEAD’s workshop evaluations overwhelmingly rated the workshops positively:
* 90% agreed or strongly agreed that as a result of the workshop, they can describe at least one way that they could help make positive change
* 92% agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend the workshop to others
* 92% agreed or strongly agreed that they learned something useful from the workshop

Active Leaders Cohort
LEAD recently completed its Active Leaders cohort program. This program is a 10-week (2 hours each week), in-person seminar. The cohort met on Fridays from 10am-Noon, from Friday, Sept 17, 2021 through Friday, November 19. The Active Leaders program provides a more advanced leadership opportunity for any Mason student (undergraduate or graduate) and is for both those who are in, and not in, leadership positions. Participants learned more about themselves, how to work more effectively in groups and how to help the organizations that they are a part of to be more successful. For the past few months, the Active Leaders cohort has engaged in education and learning around the following topics:
* Leadership 101: What is leadership?
* Strengths: Discovering and Using Your Strengths

* Values & Time Management
* Ethical Leadership & Leading Positive Change
* Resilience, Well-Being & Leadership
* Service & Civic Engagement
* Inclusive Leadership
* Translating Your Leadership Experiences to your Career
* Emotional Intelligence: More Important than IQ?
* Commencement 

Right, Wrong or Different Program: Are Countries Hoarding COVID-19 Vaccines? Should They Be?
Do we all share certain values no matter where we come from? Does our culture determine right and wrong or do values cut across cultural differences? Are you sure where you stand, or does it depend? “Right, Wrong or Different?” is a co-curricular experience (sponsored by LEAD and the Office of International Programs and Services) that allows for international and domestic students to participate in a discussion with Mason faculty members and other students about whether or not there are universal values/ethics. The program is designed to be interactive and engaging for students as they interact with one another and faculty members around extremely important global topics. In the most recent program which was part of International Education Week, domestic and international students had the opportunity to participate in a discussion around COVID-19 vaccine equity.
Participants who completed the program evaluation overwhelmingly rated the program positively:
* 94% agreed or strongly agreed that they learned something useful from the program.
* 100% agreed or strongly agreed that “As a result of this program, I was exposed to different viewpoints (e.g., viewpoints from people from different cultures).”
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