Implementing A Leadership Position At A Graduate Program Offers Opportunity For Young Professionals

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Effectively implementing a leadership position is a multi-step process that involves faculty, students, and mentors. Although leadership comes naturally to some, the skills necessary to become an effective leader are not effortless to most and must be learned through experience. Creating a leadership position in a graduate program offers opportunity for young professionals to develop and refine those skills in preparation for the real world (Partners Against Hate, 2002). According to the Peer Leadership Program Implementation (2002) article, there are seven key components to successfully implementing a peer leadership position:
1. Clearly define goals and objectives
2. An area of focus
3. Broad support from the school [faculty]
4. Consistent, committed adult leadership/mentorship
5. An integrated educational process
6. Student-led program
7. Opportunities for reflection and ongoing evaluation of efforts
A lack of clear goals and objectives has been cited as one of the key reasons why peer education programs fail (Partners Against Hate, 2002). To avoid this failure, a policy and procedures was written to clearly outline the duties of the position (Addendum A). An area of focus gives the leader a specific focus in which they can practice leadership skills and accomplish their goals (Partners Against Hate, 2002).
Multiple articles recognize the value and importance of peer and faculty mentorship as an essential means for student leadership development and success.…
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