LEAD Program

L.E.A.D. is a leadership program offered by the Kean University Center for Leadership and Service. L.E.A.D. will engage Kean University's current and rising leaders through a series of workshop lectures, discussions, activities and games - all geared to develop the organizational leader.
Prior to each workshop, participants will be given the chance to interact and network with a dinner. Workshops are held on Tuesday nights, from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. Workshop topics and activities will range from week to week during the seven-week program.

In addition to participating in the workshops, L.E.A.D. will enable the student leaders to work together to plan, propose, implement and participate in a community service project demonstrating their skills and abilities.

All Kean University undergraduate students, with more than 18 credits obtained, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Prior formal leadership experience is not required. Applicants are only asked to possess a desire to bring about positive change to their organizations and community.

Applications for priority admission into the L.E.A.D. program are due online by Tuesday, February 5, 2013. If spaces are available, additional applications will be accepted for late admission up until Tuesday, February 12, 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Leadership and Service.



About the Program

During your years at Kean, you have experienced amazing growth both intellectually and personally. The L.E.A.D. program is a program designed foster and enhance your learning and development to develop greater group, and organizational leadership competence.

L.E.A.D. program has been developed to compliment the group dimensions, or values, of the Emotional Intelligence Model of Leadership: Self Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management.

Offered through the Center for Leadership and Service in spring 2013, L.E.A.D. is designed for up to twenty-five dedicated and committed students in a fast paced seven week dinner-workshop series. Throughout the program, participants will not only learn about being part of a group/organization and develop their group collaboration skills, but implement the skills learned to effectively work with others to complete a project that will bring about change in our community. If you want to get involved and have an impact in your community, this program is ideal for you.


Key Assumptions

  • “Leadership” is concerned with effecting change on behalf of others and society
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process rather than a position
  • Leadership should be value-based
  • All students (not just those that hold formal leadership positions) are potential leaders
  • Service is a powerful vehicle for developing students’ leadership skills


Benefits of Participation

Participants will:

  • Gain and develop valuable communication, leadership, organizational and planning skills;
  • Build connections and network with peers, faculty, staff and alumni;
  • Develop a stronger understanding of one’s talents, values and interests, especially as they relate to the capacity to provide effective leadership;
  • Receive recognition for participation through a certificate and on their Co-Curricular Transcript.


Program Schedule

The L.E.A.D. dinner-workshop series begins February 19, 2013, and are held on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday programs serve dinner at 4:30 p.m. with the workshop following at 5 p.m.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 • 4:30 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

Participants will review the L.E.A.D.program schedule, activities and expectations. Participants will learn about their leadership styles and abilities as they learn about themselves and identify their personal values. This workshop will also provide an understanding of the Emotional Intelligence Leadership Model.


TUESDAY, March 5, 2013• 4:30 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

A low EQ manager refers to an individual with low emotional intelligence that holds any kind of leadership position. These individuals allow their lack of emotional intelligence to influence their relationships with their colleagues as well as making it near impossible to accomplish their group’s goals. Participants in this workshop will learn if they possess the qualities of a low EQ manager and how to change their behavior. The participants will also learn how to work cooperatively with a low EQ manager.


TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013 • 4:30 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

It can be proven to be extremely hard for student leaders to be able to control their emotions. Student leaders can be affected by emotional situations outside of their professional world. As well as emotions that are stimulated by negative behavior within their groups. Participants of this workshop will learn how to wipe away the emotions caused by their personal life; they will also learn how to control anger and other emotions within their groups.


TUESDAY, March 26, 2013 • 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This workshop will provide an understanding of how to address certain situations when working in a group or workplace. One of the biggest problems for leaders is to deal with individuals who are excessively negative. Negativity can corrupt the work climate. Participants will learn how to identify strategies to deal with negative team members.


TUESDAY, April 2, 2013 • 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

As a student leader, it is imperative to be able to learn the skills required to successfully communicate one’s emotions. The techniques that will be overviewed includes saying “I feel…” instead of saying “I feel that you…” This workshop will teach the participants how to take responsibility for their own emotions and how much weight all of their words hold.


TUESDAY, April 9, 2013 • 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The participants will present their groups Community Service project for the program and it will be graded by a panel.


TUESDAY, April 16, 2013 • 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This workshop will allow the participants to reflect on their experiences throughout the seven-week leadership program. This workshop will also discuss conflict and ways to mediate and move forward. Furthermore, different techniques to resolve these encounters within your group will be presented.


Program Expectations

  • Attendance to all seven L.E.A.D. workshops
  • Plan, propose, implement and attend a group community service prior to April 9, 2013;
  • Maintain a strong academic performance of a 2.50 grade point average or higher;
  • Be free of probation with restrictions in residence, University-wide disciplinary probation or higher level disciplinary sanctions (University-wide probation with restrictions, suspensions, or dismissals).


Application Process

Applications are available online in Cougar Link. To access the online application, please click here. Please note that you are required to login to Cougar Link using your Kean Google username (without "@kean.edu") and password to access the form.


Applications for priority admission into the L.E.A.D. program are due online by Tuesday, February 5, 2013. If spaces are available, additional applications will be accepted for late admission up until Tuesday, February 12, 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Leadership and Service.


For More Information

If you have any questions or would like more information about leadership programs in the future, please feel free to contact us using the information provided below:


General Information:

Center for Leadership and Service

University Center room 219
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 737-5180
Fax: (908) 737-5175
Leadership E-mail: cls@kean.edu


L.E.A.D. Program:

Melissa O’Brien
Graduate Assistant, Leadership Services
Phone: (908) 737-5179
E-mail: obrienme@kean.edu

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