November 18th, 2013

LEAD Team Consultants Helps Students Discover Their Unique Leadership Skills

The word “kijiji” in Swahili means village. For LEAD Team Consultants, Chris Scroggins and Cameron Young it means the same. Through their roles as Consultants, they aim to “help students discover their passions so they can go out and make a difference in the community,” explains Scroggins, a junior Kinesiology major.

LEAD Team Consultants are a part of Kijiji—a program within the Dux Center: http://info.jmu.edu/dux. As a resource center, the Dux Center aims to promote leadership in undergraduate and graduate students alike. Acting Consultants Scroggins and Young aim to help students develop their leadership skills and expertise through presentations and interactive workshops. “It’s about how to get students to find the themes that make them a better leader,” said Scroggins.

Scroggins and Young, along with Loucita Fuhrmann, are founding members of the LEAD Team Consultants. After being contacted by Michael McCleeve, Associate Director of the Dux Center, they pioneered this new program. Recently, they have developed original workshops for students and Kijiji staff members based on popular books about leadership and interpersonal skills.

Young, a junior International Business major, fashioned his workshop around the book How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. “It was entirely new material,” said Young, “I thought it’d be cool to practice our interpersonal skills in a safer environment where you don’t really know anyone and everyone is here to just practice it.”

Scroggins fashioned his workshop around the book The Student Leadership Challenge, by Kouzes and Posner. “I had the attendees reflect on their best leadership experience and draw common themes from everyone’s stories,” said Scroggins. “They all got to share these stories and the leadership themes they developed. It went well!”

An important aspect of the LEAD Team program is that the Consultants who are presenting the workshops are students, not professional staff. “When there are staff members leading them, they [the participants] can be a little hesitant,” explained Scroggins. “But when it’s student lead, they are more interactive.”

 The workshops for this semester have concluded; however, the Consultants are in the process of planning and creating workshops for the upcoming spring semester.

Interested in being a part of the LEAD Team Consultants? Click the following link for more information on the organization and their job application: http://info.jmu.edu/dux/consultant-info/

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