As a women's college, Georgian Court University's (GCU's) primary focus is to help students develop the knowledge, skills and values that are necessary to step into leadership roles in society, according to GCU's website. The school's Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program is designed to enhance students' abilities to lead others personally and professionally.
WILD encourages learners to work with other GCU women and to assume critical leadership roles in the community. Faculty and administration nominate students with leadership potential to WILD.
Members of the program experience four phases of leadership development. The first phase focuses on a personal exploration of one's life journey, skills and talents through assessments and feedback. The next phase integrates personal and professional development. Each student is engaged through seminars, mentoring experiences, networking events and intensive weekend retreats that further explore the meaning of leadership.
Phase III implements a framework and philosophy of leadership. During this phase, the learner leads through the five practices from the Student Leadership Practices Inventory in Phase I: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart.
The last phase applies the knowledge and skills each woman has acquired during her WILD journey.
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