In the Heidelberg Leadership Experience (HLE), students learn about the principles and practices ofeffective leadership through the study of leadership topics and models, the acquisition of hands-on leadership experience, and the process of intentional personal reflection. The leadership training, education, and development of these students supports their performance in current leadership positions, benefits the organizations and programs with which they work, and prepares them for future leadership endeavors.
HLE members improve their understanding of important leadership concepts, develop valuable leadership skills, and gain direct leadership experience by participating in workshops, discussions, retreats, service projects, presentations, and conferences.
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HLE | Benefits:
- Build strong foundation of leadership skills to help you through college and beyond
- Expand your personal boundaries and better understand your foundations
- Form strong bonds with your fellow students in the HLE
- Network with Heidelberg community clubs and organizations
- Mentor other developing leaders
- Help coordinate future HLE activities and events
- Build relationships with key administrators and staff across the campus community
- Earn a HLE Certificate and pin in recognition of your leadership accomplishments within the Heidelberg community
HLE | What You Won’t Find:
Cost for participation. The Office of Student Engagement will pay for all program costs!
Judgment. The HLS is designed to meet you where you are at on your leadership journey while challenging you to become a more empowered and effective leader.
Huge time commitment. HLS events are once a month for an hour, Monday nights at 6pm or Tuesday at 11am.
HLE | Participation Checklist:
Commitment to and potential for leadership. Believe that you could do more, be better, achieve greater…then do something about it!
Ability to contribute to group learning. This means you are willing to share your own ideas and listen to others’.
Dedication to attend and participate in all HLE events (choose 5 out of 9) and activities (2 mandatory). Make sure you check your scheduled classes, practices and meetings for potential conflicts.
Be a current Heidelberg student. That’s it. No GPA requirement. No class requirement.
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HLE At a Glance:
The HLE takes place during the spring semester and students meet monthly to focus on different leadership skills. The training modules are comprised of guest alumni presentations, interactive workshops, team challenges, and leadership theory discussions. Towards the end of the Experience, all participants will attend a retreat, which includes camping and whitewater rafting! Each student is charged with creating a reflective journal of their HLE journey – blog, website, scrapbook, photobook… the possibilities are endless!
To participate in the HLE, students must be currently enrolled at least part-time in courses at Heidelberg University and complete a registration form. Students from all disciplines are invited to apply, and they may do so at any time during the academic year. The HLE takes place in the spring semester. Members who successfully complete the Series will receive a certificate at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony.Companies, industries, non-profit agencies, and educational institutions have recently made it clear that leadership, communication, and other personal skills are among the most important qualities they look for in new employees. Distinguish yourself as a leader by participating in the Heidelberg Leadership Experience!
- Attend 5 of 9 scheduled HLE events. Events are 1 hour in length, held once a month on Monday at 6pm OR Tuesday at 11am. Catered meal is provided. See schedule of events below for exact dates.
- Attend the 2 mandatory HLS activities.
- Teambuilding Retreat – Whitewater Rafting Trip to West Virginia (April 6-7)
- Intercultural Communication Discussion – TBD
- Maintain a reflective journal for the semester.
- Develop a personal leadership plan guided by their StrengthsQuest results.
HLE | Events and Activities:
- MLK Day of Service Project
- MLK Dinner and Program
- Wellness Connection
- What’s Your Leadership Style?
- Know Your Roots: Values & Goal Setting
- Financial Literacy: The REAL Cost of Living
- Civic Responsibility: Make Your World (or town) a Better Place
- Maintaining Integrity…Tuesday, April 9th 11am
- How to Network Effectively (Seiberling - Part of the Patricia Adams Lecture Series)
- Marketing Your College Experience
- Marketing Your College Experience
HLE is offered in the Spring of each year; registration begins in the Fall, so check back then!
Still have questions?
Contact Andrea Wensowitch, Director of Student Engagement
stop by: Campus Center 306