Stretching student leaders to the boundaries of their knowledge, skills, and abilities
Students love to compete and perform. It is inconceivable to ask a college athlete to practice hard but not have the opportunity to compete. Imagine how difficult it would be to recruit students to join the debate team if the students never competed against other teams. Substitute the word performance for competition and the logic still holds. It doesn’t make any sense for students to spend weeks and weeks preparing for a music recital or a theatre performance without the expectation and excitement of performing before a live audience.
Yet there is no robust “practice field” where students can apply learning in a context that challenges and stretches them to the boundaries of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Oskin Leadership Institute, along with faculty from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, aimed to address this gap in the field of leader development. The two universities are collaborating with five other universities to create a high impact education experience that hone and enhance a student’s behavioral skills and cognitive competencies. The Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC) is creating an exciting and challenging leadership competition for students who want to develop their leadership muscles.
Two Components of the Competition
- Assessment of Leadership Knowledge (30% of score)
All teams have agreed upon a list of 13 leadership terms that each student will need to learn, understand, and recognize. Using a game format (think Jeopardy), the students will be challenged to know and see each of these 13 core concepts.
- Demonstration of Leadership Skills and Behaviors (70% of score)
The bulk of the competition place students in situations where they needed to exhibit a wide range of leadership skills and behaviors. These “events” included challenging the participating students to lead under the stress of a deadline or confounding variable.
The 2016 competition will take place on April 8 and 9 in Cleveland, Ohio: Seven students were selected by the Oskin Leadership Institute to compete on behalf of Widener University: