Leadership Initiatives

Bauer Leadership Council

The Bauer Leadership Council (BLC) is a leadership program designed for student organization officers. Student organization presidents are required to complete the BLC either before becoming president, or while they are president. The goal of the BLC is provide a baseline of leadership development to all student organization leaders in order for them to be in a better position to serve their members and collaborate with each other.

The program is a semester long with applications being reviewed in early September for the fall semester, and late January for the spring semester. The program utilizes well-known programs such as StrengthsQuest by Gallup and the Leadership Challenge, a widely recognized leadership model based on qualitative research with middle and senior managers. This model is outlined in the book Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. Chosen applicants will meet on seven Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 5:30pm throughout the semester. Workshops include the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, Professionalism, Conflict Management, Public Speaking, StrengthsQuest, and Integrity.

The BLC focuses on providing practical knowledge of professionalism; tools for effective decision making and communication; to help students discover their strengths and how to leverage their personal leadership talents to be effective and influential; and to enhance students capacity to lead ethically and effectively all while being in the service of others. Because of the makeup of members in BLC, there is an additional emphasis on applying lessons to student organization leadership and the importance of collaboration between organizations.

Program Requirements:

  • Current officer in a Bauer Student Organization
  • Application process
BLC Meetings:

Held on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. in University Classroom and Business Building (UCBB) 510

  • 9/16 – StrengthsQuest
  • 9/23 – Professionalism and Professional writing
  • 9/30 – Public Speaking I
  • 10/14 – Conflict Management/Effective Leadership
  • 10/21 – Public Speaking II
  • 10/28 – Introduction to 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • 11/11 - Diversity