Leadership Fellows 101 is an eight (8) week seminar where students learn the foundations and history of the study of leadership that will prepare them for the remainder of their time in the Leadership Fellows Program.

First-year Leadership Fellows will participate in the seminar during their first semester at Randolph-Macon College. Students accepted into the program after their first year will participate in the first fall or J-Term after they are accepted.

Seminar Overview

Leadership Fellows 101 is hosted Thursdays during the Fall Semester or J-Term from 12:20 to 1:20 pm in the SunTrust Theater inside of Brock Commons.

Seminar Objectives

  • To familiarize students with the multidisciplinary and changing nature of leadership as a field of study and to explore the shifting paradigms of leadership by examining industrial and post-industrial theories and models of leadership.
  • To provide students with a context and intentional framework for understanding ethics.
  • To synthesize a personal philosophy and model to guide their leadership journey and to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of leading with integrity.
  • To address the ways that leaders are able to authentically lead.
  • To understand change, develop strategies to promote positive change, and learn to thrive as a leader by appropriately leading change.
  • To encourage students to read, write, think, present, and participate at an appropriate intellectual level.

Seminar Outline

  • Week 1 – Understanding and Examining Leadership
  • Week 2 – Leadership and Followership
  • Week 3 – Human Performance Problems
  • Week 4 – Pre-Industrial Theories of Leadership
  • Week 5 – Post-Industrial Theories of Leadership
  • Week 6 – Praxis and the Application of Theory to Real-World Problems
  • Week 7 – Stakeholders and Design Thinking
  • Week 8 – Ethics

Praise for Leadership 101

“The leadership theories that the Leadership Fellows Program teaches are the basis for an ethical foundation in the real world. Right now, you are all leaders in the classroom, in your student organizations, on the field or court, or in your Greek organizations.  As you have been developing those skills over your four years, you are going to find that you will have an easier time transitioning to the working world because of things like ethical behavior, understanding missions and purposes, and dedication to things you commit to.”

Laura Ruxton ’14