Linking Leadership Program Overview
Linking Leadership is an intentional leadership development program hosted by the Office of Student Life in collaboration with many units across Southern Oregon University.
The intent of the program is to:
- Prepare students for the future, personally and professionally
- Host intentional leadership learning and development opportunities
- Live the SOU Vision, Mission, and Values
- Develop a shared language across campus about leadership
- Create fun and positive connections across campus
Linking Leadership is competency based, allowing students to learn at their own pace and through methods which best work for their personal learning styles. Competencies are knowledge, values, abilities, and behaviors that help an individual contribute to or successfully engage in a role or task. Many students, staff, and faculty helped craft the leadership competencies in this program.
Each competency guides students to create a leadership experience that is individualized yet aligns with the parameters set by the model. Linking Leadership is likened to an apprenticeship program in technical or facilities management related fields, as well as management trainee programs in business fields. After successfully meeting all seven leadership competencies students will create a special project demonstrating their meaning making of each competency. Special projects could be a portfolio of achievements, a SOAR presentation, video tutorial on leadership, or something else. Each student decides on the special project with approval from Larry Locke, Assistant Director of Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Linking Leadership and the associated activities helps students to more deliberately focus on their goals and the competencies that they need to develop and achieve those goals.
Amanda Smith (She/Her/Hers), Student Leadership Coordinator, email@example.com
Amanda is in her senior year at SOU. She is a Psychology major and a Communication minor and plans to attain her Ph.D. in either I/O psych or positive psych and leadership development. Amanda is passionate about serving others, leadership development through improvisation, and helping those around her live their best life. At SOU, Amanda is involved in The First Year Mentor Program, The Student Housing Board, Linking Leadership and various clubs. Outside of SOU, Amanda is a small business owner, a runner, an adventurer and a skilled underwater basket weaver.
Larry Locke (He/Him/His), Assistant Director of Student Life for Leadership, firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter Handle @LarryML
Larry has been working in higher education for almost 10 years and started working at SOU in Student Life the summer of 2015. Larry is an educator, community organizer, and traveler. He holds a Bachelors of Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College and a Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Some of Larry's happeist moments outside of work have been backpacking Thailand, finishing the Eugene Marathon, and anytime someone buys him pizza.