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Leadership Resources

The Leadership Office is dedicated to offering high quality workshops and experiences that invite and challenge participants to explore and further develop their leadership potential as individuals and members of an organization. To learn about the various leadership workshops, topics, and experiences facilitated by staff in the Leadership Office and available for your organization you can download descriptions of our workshops by clicking “Workshop Descriptions” to the right or view all workshops using the links below. Additionally, our staff is happy to consult with you and members of your organization to develop customized learning opportunities around these topics or others. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to further discuss your organization’s needs. We look forward to helping you realize your leadership potential. Request a Workshop
Workshop Descriptions (pdf)
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Introduction To Leadership (What is Leadership?)

Suggested Time: 45 minutes- 1 hour
Explore the commonalities and differences between individual definitions and characteristics of leadership and work to create a common definition of leadership. Discussions will include personal and group collaboration and a critical analysis of the perception of leadership in society.

Communication (Group Communication)

Suggested Time: 1 hour
Through the use of experiential and facilitated activities, participants will explore the concept of communication= active listening and active speaking; non-verbal communication, and/or group communication.

Conflict Resolution

Suggested Time: 1 hour
The concepts of conflict management and conflict resolution will be explored as well as participants’ individual conflict style. This workshop can also be geared toward consensus building, mediation, or democratic deliberation.

Effective Facilitation

Suggested Time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Participants will learn about the “3 S’s” of facilitation: style, substance, student. Opportunities will be given for students to learn about facilitating activities, reflections, and discussions as well as practice their knowledge. Recommended for students that will be peer mentoring or leading group activities or discussions.

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Ethical Decision Making

Suggested Time: 1-1.5 hours
Participants will explore the idea of ethical decision making through a series of facilitated discussions and scenarios that ask participants to challenge their ideas around values, ethics and decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on developing moral courage for future use.

Emotional Intelligence (Emotionally Intelligent Leadership)

Suggested Time: 1 hour (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
The foundations of emotional intelligence (consciousness of context; self; others) will be discussed and framed within the context of leadership. Participants will begin to explore their own strengths and challenges with some of the 21 capacities (e.g. authenticity, emotional self-perception, citizenship, teamwork).

Get Involved (Involvement Opportunities on Campus)

Suggested Time: 30 minutes- 1 hour
Introductions to the various involvement opportunities at UConn, including student organizations, university programs and resources for exploring additional opportunities for co-curricular participation.

Goal-Setting

Suggested Time: 30 minutes-1 hour
Participants will explore various goal-setting techniques (S.M.A.R.T. goals) as well as work through activities that encourage them to set personal, organization, or professional goals.

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Group Dynamics

Suggested Time: 1 hour (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Explore the stages of group development (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Adjourning) as well as effective ways of leading and managing groups. This workshop can also be geared toward consensus building or democratic deliberation.

Leadership Myths

Suggested Time: 45 minutes- 1 hour
Using an interactive activity, explore the common “myths” of leadership (e.g. “Are leaders born or made?” “Do you need charisma to be a leader?”) and be led through a facilitated discussion on the definition of leadership and characteristics of successful leaders.

Leaving a Legacy

Suggested Time: 1 hour
Through facilitated discussion and activity, participants will be challenged to consider the idea of “Legacy”. They will also be asked to consider who they have watched that has left a legacy for them in their lives and conversely consider the idea that there are individuals watching them, and reflecting on the type of legacy they are leaving on campus or in their communities.

Motivation

Suggested Time: 45 minutes-1 hour
The workshop will introduce students to concepts of organizational management and motivation, as well as ways to motivate others. Participants will explore what motivation means to them and how they are motivated in the context of academics, organizations and future goals.

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Negotiation Tactics

Suggested Time: 45 min-1 hour
Learn negotiation theory and how to apply the art of negotiation to everyday life through this interactive workshop. Utilizing game theory, contention tactics, and propaganda, participants will explore techniques to prevail in conflict and relationships.

Personal Leadership Plan

Suggested Time: 45 minutes-1.5 hours
Through a series of introspective activities aimed at helping participants to determine a short and long-term personal leadership development plan, they will explore their own values, role models, future academic and career goals, and develop a personal mission statement.

Servant Leadership

Suggested Time: 45 minutes-1 hour
Throughout this facilitated dialogue, participants will learn about the theory of servant leadership, the 10 characteristics of servant leadership, the presence of servant leadership in their academic or career field, and what they can do to become servant leaders.

Situational Leadership

Suggested Time: 1 hour
Through interactive role playing and connections to real-life scenarios, participants will learn about the theory of Situational Leadership and explore what types of leadership are most effective with different types of groups and followers.

Social Change Model of Leadership

Suggested Time: 1-1.5 hours (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Learn about the Social Change Model of Leadership, explore various (current and past) social change movements, and learn about how to become a change agent in communities or organizations.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Suggested Time: 1.5-2 hours (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Designed intentionally for college students, this workshop covers each one of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart). This workshop can also be broken out and facilitated as individual workshops focusing on only one or two of the practices.

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True Colors

Suggested Time: 1 hour
Ideal Group Size: 15-30 participants (larger groups can be accommodated)
Through the use of experiential activities, the workshop will explore the effects of personality differences in group dynamics, communication, and conflict. Participants will complete the True Colors personality assessment that will provide insight about their personal style of leadership (Blue, Gold, Green or Orange) and how that style affects their interactions with others.

MBTI

Suggested Time: 1-1.5 hours (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Ideal Group Size: 15-25 participants (larger groups can be accommodated)
Participants will complete the Meyers Briggs Typology Indicator which is based upon Jungian psychological personality types. The MBTI sorts some of these psychological differences into four opposite pairs with a resulting 16 possible psychological types. The workshop includes discussion of these personality differences and meaning of typologies (Introvert vs. Extrovert; Sensing vs. Intuitive; Thinking vs. Feeling; Judging vs. Perceiving) as well as interactive activities designed to showcase the unique perspectives of each pair. Please note costs may be associated with this workshop.

DiSC

Suggested Time: 1-1.5 hours (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Ideal Group Size: 10-30 participants (larger groups can be accommodated)
The DiSC Inventory is a quadrant behavioral model that examines the behavior of individuals in their environment (Dominance, Influencing, Steadiness, and Conscientious). Participants will complete the DiSC Inventory that will provide insight about their personality and how that style affects their interaction with others, and explore their leadership and managerial style.

Leadership Practices Inventory

Suggested Time: 1-1.5 hours (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Ideal Group Size: 15-30 participants (larger groups can be accommodated)
Participants will complete the Leadership Practices Inventory, part of the Student Leadership Challenge and Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Programs (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart). The Student LPI was created specifically to help college students measure their leadership behaviors and take action to improve their effectiveness as a student leader. Please note costs may be associated with this workshop.

StrengthsQuest

Suggested Time: 1-1.5 hours (or can be expanded to multiple sessions)
Ideal Group Size: around 25 participants or established group of 5-30. This workshop can be designed for individual needs OR established groups (organizations, staff and/or teams).
Participants will complete the Gallup StrengthsFinder Instrument that will provide insight into their top 5 strenghts, explore their personal talents, and how investments of time and knowledge into talents can create strengths. They will begin to understand the philosophy of StrenghtsQuest and the power being StrengthsBased Leadership.

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Team Building Activities

Suggested Time: 1-3 hours
Ideal Group Size: 9-60
Through a highly interactive program participants will foster collaboration, communication, goal-setting, and community building. Facilitators can focus on particular challenges in the group or can design experiences based on the level of comfort and relationships within the group.

Low Ropes Challenge Course

Suggested Time: 4-8 hours
Ideal Group Size: 9-120
The outdoor Four Arrows Challenge Course is a low-ropes course located on the Deport Campus. The course is for intact groups that want to build strong teams and improve group communications. For more information visit fourarrows.uconn.edu.

Land Navigation

Suggested Time: 1.5 – 3 hours
Ideal Group Size: Ideal group size: 15-60
The outdoor Land Navigation Course splits participants into teams and asks them to navigate to various points using only a compass and each other. The courses are designed to foster teamwork, collaboration, effective communication and goal-setting. For more information visit fourarrows.uconn.edu.

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All fees are based off of your classification, amount of participants, total time of facilitation, total time of facility usage or costs associated with inventory assessments. Since each request is unique we can discuss the overall cost of your customized program before confirming and moving forward.

Group Classification

Class 1: UConn Student Groups

  • Any functioning group of students composed of at least 90% active UConn students

Class 2: UConn Affiliated Faculty/Staff/Group/Departments and Programs

  • Group must be able to pay through a KFS to prove affiliation

Class 3: Non-Profit or Non-UConn Affiliated Educational Institution

  • Would be invoiced as an outside entity (does not have a KFS account)
  • Has a tax exempt status
Class 4: All Other Groups

Cost Breakdown

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General Notes:

  • Class 3 & 4 requires a 20% deposit of total cost and is non-refundable if experience is not cancelled in writing within 30 days of the scheduled experience.
  • Size of the group determines the amount of facilitators needed for workshops and experiences; this will be determined by Leadership Office Staff.
  • * If a facilitated experience requires an instrument or assessment to be administered there may be a cost to cover those inventories.