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  • Christ-Modeled Leadership 

    Christ-modeled leadership at Kuyper College is relational, inclusive, empowering, purposeful, ethical, and process-oriented. We teach that learning to lead requires the cultivation of one’s own worldview, the understanding of self and communication in order to engage God’s world. It is being faithful by taking responsibility where God has placed you with the skills he has given you, to impact others for Christ. Kuyper College builds on those skills by giving students the tools they need to adapt, contribute, and lead. Kuyper approaches Christ-modeled leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change. The Model is built upon the following:

     During MERGE, students will be taught to pursue a process of leadership as they develop their skills. When presented with a leadership opportunity, students will first conceptualize the challenge or idea in terms of their worldview. Students will then assess their leadership tendencies and personality factors and consider how to work with others to accomplish tasks.

    Because leadership occurs at all levels and anyone can learn to lead, this program will teach leadership as a concept and a skill. During the first semester at Kuyper College, students will work with their groups to identify an area of interest for the year. The end result: a proposal for a service learning project to be completed during the second semester of the academic year.
     
     During the second semester, students will plan and carry out their service learning projects. At the end of the second semester, each group will present or display its work for evaluation. Assessment of each groups’ performance will be formative (feedback during the course that is intended for improvement) as well as summative (end of course evaluation).
    Specifically, throughout the year, students will…
    1. Analyze a societal issue or problem and devise a group response.
    2. Apply critical thinking skills to group projects.
    3. Update and manage their Academic Plan.
    4. Discover the complexities of leadership and the multidisciplinary nature of leadership studies.
    5. Compare and contrast traditional and emergent paradigms of leadership.
    6. Present their group plan to the First Year Team.
    7. Implement their Group Plan.
     
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