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Leadership Opportunities

The Archer Center offers custom-designed workshops for student organizations and coordinates several leadership programs and events. Center staff facilitate courses and work with faculty across the campus to develop interactive formats for classes and laboratories.

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Leadership Educators Advising Peers (LEAP)

Who We Are

Leadership Educators Advising Peers (LEAP) is an Archer Center affiliated program that specializes in experiential learning. The members of LEAP are extensively trained in the experiential learning cycle, group dynamics, emotional safety, and different styles of leadership. Upon completing training, LEAPers  spend the majority of their time developing and running workshops that focus on communication, problem solving, conflict management, and team building.
Collaboration is Key 
LEAP does low rope challenge courses for various groups on campus, including clubs, Greek life, athletics, and student life organizations. In addition, LEAP also caters to off campus groups like middle and high-school aged student groups and other college organizations. As LEAP is housed within the Archer Center, crossovers between other Archer programs are frequent. 
The Virtual Transition
Since March 2020, LEAP has pivoted to the world of virtual team building. Its members worked hard to develop and adapt activities to remote learning environments. LEAP has successfully completed over 10 virtual workshops and is actively seeking more!

How to Request a Workshop

LEAP takes workshop requests through the Archer Center webform, linked here. You can also reach out to the Co-Coordinators via email (see Contact Us). With these tools, club officers or group leads can take the time to describe their organization, topics to be addressed (issues, skills to develop, etc.) and indicate availability. For highest rate of availability, please consider submitting your request in at least a month in advance.

How to Join LEAP

Top LEAP candidates demonstrate the following abilities:
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Previous leadership experience
•    Strong ability to self-reflect
•    Desire to learn and apply leadership theory
•    Enthusiasm and willingness to develop personal leadership qualities
LEAP recruitment takes place in the Spring Semester. The two-step process includes both a written application and live interview. Check back here in February for more information about the 2021 LEAP recruitment process. At any time of year, interested students can reach out to adviser Glen Gross at grossg4@rpi.edu.

Contact Us

For more information about LEAP or to request a workshop, contact Co-Coordinators Lisa Sulmasy (sulmal@rpi.edu) and Cassie Smith (smithc16@rpi.edu).

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Professional Leadership Program (PLP)

With a focus on intellectual agility, global awareness and multicultural sophistication, the Professional Leadership Program (PLP) is designed to give junior and senior students the opportunity to practice becoming strong, resilient people of great character who can translate that into a professional workplace. The PLP is designed to emulate a professional environment, with a special emphasis on applying leadership skills to the workplace. An experiential approach is utilized to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership style,skills and philosophy.

Focus on the Workplace

Through guest speakers and interactive experiences, PLP students explore the impact of changes in the global market, how to adapt to them, and how to operate successfully in the global community. Corporate culture and values are examined, while students discover what to expect as leaders and followers in the workplace.

The PLP provides valuable opportunities to meet, interact, and network with corporate executives. Students will learn to assess if a company or organization is a good fit for them. They will also learn how to present themselves powerfully. By sharpening individual and team skills, students begin to develop important tools for success in today's work world.

How to Apply

The application and selection process is an important part of the PLP experience. Sophomores, juniors and seniors from all academic disciplines are invited to submit a resume, and complete an interview during which students must persuasively illustrate what they expect to achieve from the PLP and also what they, as a participant, would offer the program and other participants.

To apply, submit the following information to the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, via email to archercenter@rpi.edu:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Comprehensive interviews will be conducted for the PLP program as part of the application process. 

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Professional Leadership Series (PLS)

The Professional Leadership Series is designed to assist graduate students in the development of their leadership and teamwork skills by focusing specifically on communication skill sets. Through experiential learning, students are exposed to specific leadership theories and skills. The seminar series encourages students to explore their beliefs about leadership and professional development in a discussion format. This learning approach is designed to promote further development of students’ leadership abilities. Communication in multiple forms will be emphasized.

 

How to register

Graduate students who would like to register for PLS or would like more information about the program can contact: Judith Obiero, obierj@rpi.edu

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Leadership House

Leadership House is a shared-interest residential community that allows approximately 40 first-year students the opportunity to explore leadership through fun, hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Students participating in Leadership House become more aware of the complexities of leadership and how they apply to life at Rensselaer and beyond; all while developing close friends as they reside in a supportive community on a common floor within a specific residence hall.

Leadership House is designed as a full year experience during which time students  have the opportunity to examine leadership through a variety of topics including:

  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership Styles & Characteristics
  • Communication
  • Teambuilding & Team Dynamics
  • Conflict Management
  • Values Clarification & the Appreciation of Differences
  • Decision Making

Throughout the course of the year Leadership House participants will:

  • Examine leadership theories, their applicability, and their implications.
  • Identify essential elements of effective leadership in practice.
  • Analyze personal values and link them to goals and vision.
  • Articulate their own understanding of the purposes, processes, and practices, of leadership.
  • Develop a personal leadership philosophy.
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The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter, was started in Fall 2017 by The Archer Center for Student Leadership.  The purpose was to provide a program that reaches a larger student population across all 5 academic schools.  Members will increase their leadership capacity and develop success plans by discovering their passion.

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Students will be invited to join the Society based on certain criteria.  Any student can apply for nomination at the website.

https://www.societyleadership.org/

Members will then work towards Induction.  These steps include:

  • Orientation (1 hour event)
  • Leadership Training Day  (3 hours event)
  • Attend three speaker Broadcast (1 hour each)
  • Attend three Success Network Team meetings (1 hour each)
  • Induction Ceremony

The program has built in flexibility to accommodate student’s schedules.  Many of these events have an alternate online feature if the member is unable to meet in person.

Other additional opportunities: Students with interest can apply to join the Executive Board of the Society and/or can work towards a National Engaged Leadership Award (NELA) involving a component of community service.

Member benefits:

  • Scholarships & Awards: Access to over a quarter-million dollars exclusively to Society members each year for tuition, community service and educational assistance
  • Job Bank: Apply to jobs/internships and access to employers seeking to hire Society members
  • Partner Discounts & Benefits: Enjoy discounts on many retail goods and services
  • Speaker Broadcasts: A series of six live streamed speaker broadcasts per year by celebrities, authors, motivational speakers and professionals on relevant topics facing students and graduates
  • Success Networking Team: Participate with your Society peers in goal setting, accountability and commitment to action
  • Success Coaches: Improve skills, refine focus and interact with a professional success coach
  • Broadcast Archive: Online access to past presentations from more than 50 nationally renowned Society speakers.
  • Professional Communication Training: A professionally administered communication assessment tool  (DiSC) helps you identify your own communication style, teaches you to recognize and appreciate other styles and prepares you to interact effectively with others
  • Motivational Mondays: Get inspired each week by a recording delivered directly to you
  • Monthly Newsletter: Read the Society Newsletter highlighting scholarships, chapter and member success stories, advice from leading motivational speakers and more