If you consider what qualities you admire about the people you look up to, chances are it is their leadership qualities.

In the Leadership LLC, you will be challenged to gain a greater understanding of what makes an inspirational leader.  Whether you envision yourself leading a country, a brand, a classroom, a research team or a band your experiences in this LLC will empower you to further develop your leadership qualities.

Just the Facts
Location: 3rd Floor, Hunt Hall & 2nd Floor Hunt and Le Mans Halls.
Capacity: Up to 98 students
Founded: 2014. Re-imagined for 2016.
Fall Courses:

Note: All Leadership LLC students take the Seminar and then choose ONE class from the rest.

FSTY 1122 - Leadership LLC Seminar, Dr. Kathleen Wilburn
This course will introduce the student to different models of leadership and roles of the leaders.  Students will discover their talents through the Gallup’s Strengths Finder to identify their own leadership strengths.  They will shadow a student leader during the semester and write an analysis of the person’s leadership style.  They will participate in a service project in which they will observe leadership in action.

FSTY 1122 - Real to Reel: An Examination of Real Life Leaders and their Portrayal in Film, Susan Loughran
There are some people whose leadership is so extraordinary that Hollywood producers have been motivated to put their lives on film. One of these people is Sister Helen Prejean, who continues to fight against the death penalty to this day, and whose story is shown in the film Dead Man Walking where she is portrayed by the actress Susan Sarandon. Another leader is Jaime Escalante, the inspiring teacher, who is played by Edward James Olmos in the film Stand and Deliver. And then there is Crystal Lee Sutton. Her story of leadership and courage is told in the film Norma Rae, where Sally Fields, playing Crystal, fights for the rights of factory workers. In this course, we will analyze films like these that deal with a diverse handful of leaders, some of whom might have remained unknown if their lives had not been memorialized on celluloid. We will also compare the reality of these leaders’ lives with the depiction of their lives on “the big screen.” If you are interested in leadership, amazing stories of courage and great movies – this might be the course for you.

FSTY 1122 - Inspiring Leaders in History, Dr. Mity Myhr
What do Gandhi and Angela Merkel have in common? On the face of it, not much. However, both have been described as inspiring leaders. What individuals today or in the past inspire you? What makes an individual a leader? Do leaders change history or, do they give voice to the profound changes going on around them? Are leaders born or are they made? Together we will consider these questions as we explore the lives of inspiring leaders, both well known and not so well known, from the past and present. We will use a variety of historical sources (biographies, speeches, letters, films) to place those leaders in their social, political and cultural contexts. We will seek to understand what contributed to their successes and failures and to evaluate their short and long-term impacts. Their examples will also help us to reflect upon our own leadership styles and skills.

FSTY 1122 - Leading Organizations: People, Planet, and Profit, Dr. Kathleen Wilburn
This course focuses on the leaders of social purpose organizations, a new business model for the 21st century.  Students will study business leaders who have been effective in pursuing both purpose and profit, such as Muhammed Yunus of Grameen Bank, Yves Chouinard of Patagonia, and Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes.  The ethical issues that arise when both purpose and profit are equally important are also examined.  Students will examine the types of leaders that are most effective in ensuring their organizations practice corporate social responsibility that is an integral part of their corporate business strategy. Students will develop their own leadership skills by participating in small team exercises in class.

FSTY 1122 - Catholics Who Made and Are Making a Difference: Studies in Servant Leadership, Father Lou Brusatti
The course will study the lives of Roman Catholic men and women, living and dead who have made a difference and continue to make a difference in our world.  St. Catherine of Siena, Dorothy Stang, SND, Dorothy Day, St. Vincent DePaul, Oscar Romero and Jorge Maria Bergoglio (Pope Francis) are some of the individuals whose lives we will explore.  Models of Servant Leadership will provide the lens through which to analyze the contributions of these individuals.  The models will include stewardship, hospitality, compassion, advocacy, solidarity, and witness.

FSTY 1122 - Culture, Leadership, and Communication, Dr. Billy Earnest
In our increasingly global century, effective leadership requires more insight than ever before. We are living at the moment of humanity's greatest diversity. The potential for understanding, for cooperation, and for progress is unparalleled in human history. But so is the potential for misunderstanding, animosity, and outright conflict. In other words, the mere fact that our society and the world are more diverse than ever does not guarantee positive outcomes. Ensuring success is only possible through deliberate choices on our part, both in attitude and in action. Knowing (and learning) how to make wise choices is where would-be leaders must begin. Without a doubt, this is not an easy or straightforward process. Effective leadership requires competence across a broad spectrum of skills. But there is no better foundation than training in communication. Without it, almost nothing else gets off the ground. Today, good communication requires cultural awareness, both of others as well as of ourselves. In our diverse, interconnected world, culture is more relevant than ever before. But what counts as "cultural"? Almost everything. It's a mistake to view it strictly as rituals and traditions, which is how culture was originally defined. It runs deeper and wider than that, including those things that are at the core of every person's identity and experience -- things such as gender, religion, family, education, and social norms. This course will explore strategies for understanding cultural influences and techniques for effective communication across all forms of culture.

Leadership LLC participants will:

  • live with other community members in Hunt & Le Mans Halls.
  • participate in regularly-scheduled workshops led by faculty and staff members from across campus, and learn from high-profile leaders in various fields
  • engage in service projects with their community.

Interested in applying?

Great! Make sure you follow the instructions carefully on your online housing application so you land in a Leadership LLC bed -- spaces are filling up quickly, so apply today!