Leadership Initiative and APEX
The College of Businessís APEX (Aspirations for Professional Excellence) program will be expanded in 2011-12 to include a broader approach to leadership development.
So, while you may not see or hear the acronym "APEX" used throughout this year, the emphasis on LEADERSHIP will be clear.
MSUís Vision 2013 Strategic Plan, Strategy Five, calls for us to:
Provide students with a strong and engaging academic experience for intellectual and personal growth, formation of sound character, and development of abilities and skills required for success in future careers and endeavors.
The new leadership initiative in the College of Business will create growth opportunities for CoB students to develop:
- Self-Awareness (Seminar #1)
- Developing a keen sense of self-awareness is the first stage of leadership development. Students will develop a deep understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, needs, drives, values, motivators, and behaviors through validated and recognized assessment instruments.
- Based on the assessments completed in Seminar #1, students will be guided through interpretation and goal setting, and will explore links between self-awareness and leadership.
- Students will be provided opportunities to engage, experience, and explore their self-management and social-awareness skills. Through a number of formats (presentations, service fairs, etc.), students will select service projects in which to participate and learn about and practice leadership.
- In a formal classroom environment, such as a capstone course (Special Topics in Leadership), students will engage in team activities that require them to assume roles designed to stretch and hone their abilities to value others. These role playing and other activities will expose students to ethical, social, and moral dilemmas requiring critical thinking, ethical decision making, and other problem solving skills. Under the guidance of a senior leadership faculty member, the course would also engage leaders from the community and known leadership experts.
This leadership initiative will be pilot-tested during fall semester.