Leadership takes place at all levels on the Georgia Tech campus — it’s not just for those in formal leadership positions. The Division of Student Life's Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) office gives participating students the opportunity to learn and practice effective leadership skills that can be applied to all areas of their personal and professional lives, now and in the future. The LEAD office offers a thoughtful and intentional series of academic, experiential, and co-curricular activities to help students prepare for leadership in a rapidly evolving global society.
LEAD programs, which include everything from one-on-one leadership coaching to living-learning communities, are designed to help students:
- Gain valuable insights into leadership potential
- Improve communication skills
- Learn how to get projects done in teams
- Understand what it takes to create change and inspire others
- Chart a leadership development pathway to real results within Georgia Tech and beyond
The Grand Challenges Living Learning Community, offered in partnership with the College of Engineering, is a living-learning community for incoming freshman students that helps students develop leadership, teambuilding, and analytical skills not taught in traditional classes. In this program, students live together in a residence hall and engage with faculty from a variety of disciplines on a frequent and casual basis. The students also take one academic class per semester together and, in groups of eight to ten mentored by a facilitator (GT Ph.D. or Masters student), develop a proposal for a potential solution to a real-world problem. Students in the Grand Challenges living-learning community meet regularly with faculty mentors in both formal and informal settings and with funding from Grand Challenges, implement their solution in the second year of the program.
Leading Edge (Leadership Coaching) is a co-curricular leadership development experience for undergraduate students where participants work one-on-one with a trained leadership development coach (Georgia Tech PhD / Masters student) to intentionally explore and enhance their leadership skills. Over the course of a semester, students receive feedback from coaches, peers, staff and faculty, conduct experiments and engage in critical reflection in order to prepare them for real results now and in the future.
The Minor in Leadership Studies, offered in partnership with the College of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the School of Public Policy and the Scheller College of Business, gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to deepen their focus on leadership through the Foundations of Leadership course, specific fields of interest, and a leadership internship. LEAD facilitates programs that focus on the relationship between technology, globalization, and leadership in the contemporary marketplace.