Leadership Development Resources
Graduate school is the perfect place to develop your leadership skills and to gain leadership experience. In fact, if you are earning your master’s degree, you already have leadership skills. What you need is a way to expand on and effectively describe those skills. For free online resources on leadership skills, competencies and expert advice visit our Leadership Skills Matrix.
General Tips on How to Develop your Leadership Potential at SCSU:
- Talk to your advisor to get suggestion for leadership development relevant to your discipline and future career.
- Get involved in organizing campus or community events and build your planning, organizational and team working skills.
- Present at local, regional or national conferences to boost your presentation and public speaking skills.
- If your program allows electives, consider taking an interdisciplinary course about leadership theory and practice. Do not forget to specifically mention these courses on your resume under Leadership Skills/ Experiences.
- Keep track of your leadership experiences by using the Co-Curricular Transcript offered through the Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development.
- Add your leadership experience and training to your professional e-folio. Follow the link to access Minnesota E-folio Website. Free workshops on how to design your e-folio are offered throughout the academic year. Check here to see the schedule.
- No leader of the 21st century can avoid using technology. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to improve your computer skills for free:
Technology Training and Workshops
- Check out books at the leadership library located in the Center for Doctoral Studies, Education Building, Room B121.
- Familiarize yourself with modern leadership theories and the work of influential leaders.
One way to discover the leader within you is to get involved in organizing campus events. The following organizations will welcome your initiative:
- Graduate Student Advisory Board provides feedback and assistance in planning events, outreach, and professional development opportunities for graduate students.
- Student Government Association voices the concerns of students who attend SCSU and promotes the best possible environment for learning. They allocate fees, provide legal services, and act as a forum for concerns.
- Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development (CSOLD) provides students with training, education, and developmental experiences that encourage growth through exploration of the leadership process. Take advantage of the Co-Curricular Transcript to record your leadership experiences and training at SCSU.
- Atwood Memorial Center (Student Union) is the community center of the university, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests.
- University Program Board is a center for university-wide event planning, including music concerts,
art shows, Homecoming Week, Family Weekend, Snow Daze, Spring Jam etc.
- The Women’s Center promotes a safe, inclusive and engaged community through advocacy, education, alliance-building and women's leadership.
- Volunteer Connection is St. Cloud State community center that helps organize volunteer opportunities and works to promote academic service-learning.
- Center for International Studies offers great opportunities to volunteer as a peer advisor and to participate in the cultural sharing programs.
- Office of Multicultural Student Services provides comprehensive services to the students of color and promotes cultural understanding and appreciation for all members of the university community.
- ToastMasters International
- St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce
- Rotary Club of St. Cloud
- City of St. Cloud Volunteer Opportunities (PDF)
- United Way of Central Minnesota
Note: This is not an exhaustive list of courses germane to leadership. Visit our Leadership Skills Matrix to learn more about leadership competencies. You may want to take an elective course to improve any of the applicable skills. Before registering for a course please consult your advisor and contact an instructor for permission.
- CMST 522 Communication and Contemporary Leadership
- CEEP Group Process and Dynamics
- HIED 614 Higher Education Leadership and Administration
- MGMT 553 Employee Development
- MGMT 570 International Business Management
- HURL 513 Diversity in the Workplace
- HURL 591 Change Agent Skills
- Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership
- The Leadership Challenge
- National Clearing House for Leadership Programs
- Sergey Brin and Larry Page on Google
- David Logan on Tribal Leadership
- Leadership Link - The Ohio State University Leadership Center Publications
- Leadership Central at Central Michigan University