The Ignite Leadership program focuses on skills necessary for effective group and organization development. Students who participate can expect to develop skill in leading change initiatives, learn about systems thinking, and coalition building. At Ignite, students will learn about organizational successes of past Illinois students, and work to develop a plan for their own change initiative.
The Inclusion Leadership program focuses on concepts such as equity, equality, diversity, inclusion, and bias. Students who participate will recognize the values of others, and identify differing social identities in relation to leadership.
The Innovation Leadership program focuses on skills related to innovation, creativity, and diversity of idea in problem solving. Students who participate in Innovation will develop skills in these areas and also an understanding of their dominant problem solving style and its impact on organizations and people.
Tom Wujec’s Ted Talk highlights many of the leadership competencies that can be found on the organization level of the Illinois Leadership Center’s Leadership Competencies. Wujec uses a simple exercise, creating a drawing of how to make toast, as a way to get people in organizations to collaborate on thinking up solutions for difficult problems. By turning the individual drawing exercise into a group exercise, people were able to more clearly and concisely complete this exercise.
Using the same principles from the toast exercise, people can learn from each other’s perspectives, work together to examine a problem systemically, and devise innovative solutions to those difficult problems.