Across our conversations we’ve heard some remarkably consistent messages about the state of leadership today and the demands that future leaders will likely face. Their ideas have helped us organize the study and practice of leadership at Northwestern on these themes:
Through our programs, we offer Northwestern students an introductory Leadership Course and a Leadership Certificate. The Certificate coursework includes the opportunity to take on a major leadership project of your own design. The Center also offers a Fellowship in Leadership for Ph.D. students and for high potential staff who work with Northwestern students.
Through our Leadership Portal we offer Northwestern students the opportunity to assess their leadership and teamwork abilities as well as to document insights from key challenges. For example, our 360° Leadership Assessment describes how a student practices leadership today and what he or she can do to improve as a leader. Faculty use our Teamwork Assessment to introduce students to best practices for teams that are commonly found in industry.
We also offer students Leadership Coaching through a competitive selection process. Coaching is a top tool for executive development because it focuses leaders, allowing them to achieve improved results while also allowing them to be more effective in their work.
Beyond our core program offerings, we provide custom services for all students, faculty, academic departments and programs, and student affairs programs at Northwestern.
The Center for Leadership serves the Northwestern community. Its academic programs are offered through the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science.
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In partnership with Career Services, we want you to tell us – and the world – about your most important “leadership crucibles” – experiences that noted leadership author and NU alumni Robert Thomas says “reveal what you believe in, stand for, and the lines that you won’t cross.”
We will be gathering and updating these stories. To learn how to document your own leadership crucible, visit the Leadership Crucible.