The GW Student-Athlete Leadership Academy provides an ongoing and integrated approach to leadership development by targeting and training student-athlete leaders. The customized leadership development programming for student-athletes targets three specific groups based on their year in school as well as their readiness to assume leadership roles. The three programs include the Emerging Leaders program for developing leaders as sophomores and juniors, Veteran Leaders for established leaders as juniors and seniors, and Leadership 360 for senior student-athletes.
In addition to the programming, the Leadership Academy also includes an ongoing consulting retainer with the Janssen Sports Leadership Center for advice and troubleshooting various issues that arise throughout the year, while Janssen Sports Leadership professionals also conduct training sessions with GW coaches to ensure that leadership exercises continue throughout the year in between organized Leadership Academy sessions.
Emerging Leaders Program
Designed for a select group of high potential sophomore and junior student-athletes, the Emerging Leaders program provides prospective leaders with the insights, strategies and skills necessary to become effective leaders on their team, on campus and in the community. Through ongoing workshops, interactive exercises, action learning experiences and readings, the year-long Emerging Leaders program provides a strong foundation for student-athletes to develop into effective team leaders. The emphasis of the program at this level is creating effective leaders by example while setting the stage for vocal leadership.
Veteran Leaders Program
Designed for team captains and veteran student-athlete leaders, the Veteran Leaders program provides established team leaders with advanced leadership training and support. The program teaches student-athletes the critical team leadership skills and insights necessary to be effective vocal leaders as they manage and conquer the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of leadership. In addition to the education, the Veteran Leaders program also provides student-athlete leaders with a strong peer network to lean on and learn from throughout the school year. Student-athletes meet regularly to learn and reinforce leadership principles and share successes, best practices and lessons.
Designed for senior leaders who have successfully completed both the Emerging and Veteran Leaders programs, Leadership 360 focuses on applying leadership skills to positively impact the team, athletic department, campus and community at large. The Leadership 360 program is designed for each leader to undergo a 360 degree evaluation of their leadership skills. The 360 evaluation involves teammates and coaches anonymously rating their leaders using the Team Leadership Evaluation. Based upon the ratings of their teammates and coaches and comparing them to their self-ratings, the leaders are able to clearly see their leadership strengths and areas for improvement. The leaders then create a comprehensive and customized Leadership Development Plan to build upon their strengths and target their areas to improve, with the goal of making Leadership 360 student-athletes highly attractive to interested employers.