What is Leadership Development?
As a student, your objective is probably to improve your competency, skills and overall marketability so that current or future employers will choose you for potential job openings. Hopefully, these positions pay well and provide opportunity for personal advancement. Leadership development describes the pathway available for these improvements to occur. The Office of Student Life is committed to providing continual leadership opportunities to students, regardless of their current level of preparedness.
What specific skills can I improve?
- Public Speaking
- Problem Solving
- Project Management
- Meeting and Event Planning
- Initiative Planning and Assessment
How can I take advantage of these opportunities?
Involvement in Clubs and Organizations
Students can take an active role by serving as an officer or active member of a club or they can come to two or three meetings per semester - whatever they are comfortable with. These students have opportunities to plan events and projects, lead meetings, speak at events, work with college faculty, staff and administration, participate in campus-wide events, appear in promotional videos and interviews, travel with the club (this is dependent on each clubs budget), gain budget experience, and make friends from all walks of life!
Lone Star Leadership College
Lone Star Leadership College (LSLC) Lone Star Leadership College provides an opportunity to educate and mentor emerging student leaders for diverse roles of leadership linking Lone Star College (LSC) and the community. The goal of the program is to develop and enhance the leadership skills of its student participants, while encouraging an appreciation for giving back to the community.
During the eight-month program students will explore and examine the local economy, government, arts and culture and much more in interactive monthly sessions. Participants also receive applicable leadership skills training based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in The Student Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, as well as the opportunity to work in a team environment during a community service project. The program is offered at no cost to the participant and begins in September during the fall semester continuing through the subsequent spring semester and ending in April.
- Commit to attending all sessions;
- Be currently enrolled at a Lone Star College campus or center; and
- Plan to enroll for the fall and subsequent spring semesters.
Students must apply online. A letter of recommendation is required to be submitted on your behalf by a teacher or employer who can vouch for your character, motivation and commitment to leadership. The letter must be submitted with your completed application. A selection committee will review the applications, and six students will be selected from each campus and/or center.
Student Life Conference
This Fall conference is led by student leaders and is built around peer mentoring. Any student who is interested in learning how to improve their organization or start one is encouraged to attend! There are no fees to register.
Summer Leadership Retreat
The Summer Leadership Retreat is an annual event in which student leaders and prospective student leaders can get to know one another and sharpen their skills in a casual, outdoor, camping venue. The event takes place at the Retreat at Artesian Lakes in Cleveland, Texas and typically a two-day, one-night event.
Student Government Association Committees
Each year, the SGA establishes initiatives to improve the student experience at LSC-Kingwood. These initiatives drive positive change on and off campus and are essential to safety, campus life, school spirit, social engagement and awareness. Many of these initiatives rely on committees to ensure effectiveness. Students are encouraged to join the committee as members who meet regularly. In some cases, responsible students who are passionate for the cause and have more time to devote are encouraged to chair a committee alongside an executive board member. If a student is interested in joining a SGA committee, they can schedule an appointment with the executive board or attend a General Assembly to learn more about the committees.
For more information on Leadership Development at Lone Star College-Kingwood, contact Tracie Kamenoff at TKamenoff@lonestar.edu.