CTX students who will be classified as sophomores, juniors or seniors in Fall Semester 2015 and have at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to participate in the Institute. Applicants must also possess demonstrated or potential leadership traits or characteristics.
Institute sessions will be held each Wednesday during the Fall Semester from 12:00 n.-12:50 p.m. Location to be announced.
Academic presentations will occur during seven of the regular Wednesday class periods, generally every other week. The Institute project component will be designed and initiated in the remaining Wednesday class periods. In addition to these regular semester class periods, a minimal amount of time, as needed, will be spent in project implementation, completion and celebration.
In addition to Dr. Jerry Kieschnick, Institute Founder and Director, and Rev. Steve Wagner, Institute Co-Director, presenters will be successful and highly respected leaders, male and female, from our university, community, world and church. The Institute project component will be directed and coordinated by CTX Service Learning leaders.
Tentative Schedule and Agenda of Topic Presentations
September 2, 2015—Session I. Awareness of Personal Strengths and Weaknesses
What are your personal strengths and weaknesses? How do you become aware of and take steps toward personal growth and professional improvement opportunities? What role does a Christian worldview play in effective leadership? Self-aware leaders are more successful and generally achieve greater vocational success and satisfaction.
September 16, 2015—Session II. Characteristics of Great Leaders
What leadership characteristics are most important to have or to develop? What leadership lessons have experienced leaders learned, beginning with childhood and continuing throughout life? What do they wish they had known earlier in their careers? What mistakes would they avoid if they could? What advice would they give to young leaders?
September 30, 2015—Session III. Effective Career Management and Development
How does a leader effectively manage his or her career? Is it best to wait for opportunities to come to you, to depend on your organization to provide career paths and progression plans, or actively to take charge of choices? What’s the right balance to strike between frequent job changes and developing personal depth in one area? What’s the role of God’s will for your life?
October 21, 2015—Session IV. Servant Leadership and Ethical Values
What does servant leadership look like in the workplace? What makes it hard to practice? What do you do when servant leadership is not valued where you work or when Christian values are at odds with the organization’s values? What kind of ethical issues are you likely to face as you become a successful leader? How do you decide how these issues should be handled? What are the consequences of your choices? What ethical and moral values are non-negotiable?
November 4, 2015—Session V. Personal and Interpersonal Communication Skills
Oral, written and electronic communication skills are vital for the success of effective Christian leaders. How can these skills be developed, improved and strengthened? How important is the development of interpersonal relationships in an effective leader’s success in communicating and leading? How does one learn to speak inspirationally in public settings? How does one use audio visual tools effectively? How important is personal grooming and appearance?
November 18, 2015—Session VI. Individual and Team Selection and Motivation
The success of effective leaders is closely tied to their ability to select and motivate individuals and teams to perform at higher levels than they thought they were capable of achieving. How does a leader decide when to give someone a developmental opportunity? When to step up and take charge to make sure things come out right or when to step back and let consequences occur?
December 2, 2015—Session VII. Personal and Professional Time Management
How does a successful leader achieve a proper balance in physical, spiritual, emotional, personal, marital, parental and professional aspects of life? How to use time management to achieve personal and professional balance? What are your priorities and how do you keep them as such? What are the consequences of failure to achieve proper balance between personal and professional aspects of life and vocation? What’s the value of a personal Sabbath day?
New applicants must complete and submit the application form no later than 12:00 noon, Monday, August 31, 2015.
Applicants who have successfully completed any previous Institute semester need simply to apply and will automatically be accepted.
A fee of $100 per participant will be assessed to cover partial Institute costs for the semester.