Online leadership series offered

By Katie Engell
October 1, 2009

A new online program known as the Leadership Podcast Series has been launched for student leaders at Cabrini. The purpose of the series is to teach students leadership skills, specifically focusing on leadership development and time management.

The series features eight podcasts released throughout the semester, with each program being 15 minutes long. Following the lesson, students answer a series of questions relating to the podcast. The participants are asked to complete a short activity in order to begin to apply the lessons of the leadership podcast in their everyday lives.

“The Leadership Podcast Series was designed to accommodate our students’ busy lives, while valuing their desire to develop important leadership skills through the use of technology. The podcasts are intended meaningful introductions to important lessons on leadership,” Anne Filippone, director of student engagement and leadership, said.

The Leadership Podcast Series enables students to learn leadership skills without the time constraints of an ordinary course. It was developed for students who do not have the time to take a typical class or information session. The podcasts are intended to be short, yet effective introductions to essential lessons on leadership.

“I think the podcasts are a good idea but it needs to be marketed so students will know it’s available for them,” Lauren Galonski, senior psychology and sociology major and president of SGA, said. “It’s important for all students to listen to it but student leaders should have a large role.”

Cabrini follows the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and this promotes the values of equality, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, citizenship, collaboration and service.

This model supports the college’s core value and relates to Cabrini’s Catholic mission. It emphasizes the development of community, the understanding of self and others in order to create community change. It focuses on leaders and followers working together in order to create positive change. Leadership is a process learned by all within the community, not a position earned by a single individual.

“A lot of people think leadership is a one-person job, but it’s so much more than that. To be a real leader, you have to be able to work with a team and be able to address certain situations with a good attitude. These podcasts help students learn that,” Megan Kutulis, senior communication major, said.

The podcast series is led by Michael Miller, an advocate for student leadership, and has been available nationwide to 80 to 90 colleges throughout the academic year. It is available to all undergraduate students who are interested in developing basic leadership skills. The podcasts are being released throughout the semester and the release dates are: Sept. 2, 16, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 28 and Nov. 11 and 24.

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