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ALA 175: Foundations in Leadership

To lead effectively, we must first know ourselves and develop the skills of collaboration. In this course, students will reflect on their leadership journey, begin to form a personal leadership philosophy and cultivate a holistic view of leadership. This work will be informed by leadership theories, social justice literature, diversity research, and case studies. Students will develop a toolkit of skills and approaches for effective leadership practice by learning and applying the BLI Mindful Mindset, Leadership Habits, and various contemplative exercises. Using individual practice and a collaborative, team-based project, you will leave the class with a sense of your own leadership identity. ALA: Foundations in Leadership is a 3-credit course offered in the winter.

What Will Students Learn in the Foundations of Leadership Course?
The course will help students:

  • Creatively explore and reflect on leadership identity, actions, and habits to continuously improve leadership learning and development
  • Learn about the importance of leading a group or workplace that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive
  • Familiarize themselves with various theories of leadership and explore the important interplay between leaders and followers
  • Learn and practice daily meditation and other mindfulness practices to help foster their capacity to lead with excellence and critically engage the world
  • Work with a group to identify important issues, brainstorm small win solutions, implement ideas at a small scale, and improve their ideas
  • Engage stakeholders and collect evidence about a chosen topic through leadership experiments that test their ideas against the world
  • Build a leadership “toolkit” that is based on their skills, ability, vision, and personal style

Winter 2024 Atlas LinkLSA Course Guide

#001 | #31362 | MoWe 2:30-4 PM | 1250 USB

#002 | #31363 | TuTh 5:30-7 PM | 1250 USB