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Tier 1: Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Entering into the Southern Leaders Program, all students begin their journey in Tier 1 as Emerging Leaders. On the Armstrong campus, this tier is named the Nick Mamalakis Emerging Leaders Program, which honors the legacy of Nick Mamalakis who was an influential business and civic leader in Savannah.

The Emerging Leaders Tier is based on the tenets of transformational leadership as developed by Kouzes & Posner’s (1987) Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.  Students will engage with each of these practices of leadership and more through the Emerging Leaders’ curriculum, which includes:

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Explain their personal definition of leadership
  • Identify their personal core values and character strengths
  • Explain how values and character strengths influence the leadership process
  • Describe different styles of leadership
  • Articulate the key aspects of their personal leadership style
  • Describe the role of ethics in self-leadership
  • Explore intersecting identities and how these inform their leader identity
  • Examine the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Leadership Competencies

Through Emerging Leaders, students will develop the following leadership competencies (Seemiller, 2014): Self-Understanding, Personal Values, Ethics, Reflection & Application, Self-Development, Empathy, and Vision.

Leadership Certificate

Upon completion of the curricular elements of the Emerging Leaders Tier, students will receive the Emerging Leaders Certificate during the Southern Leaders Showcase.

Last updated: 8/2/2021