Leading Edge Offers Dynamic One-on-One Leadership Coaching to Undergraduate Students

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Georgia Tech’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program is now accepting nominations for the second iteration of the Institute’s newest undergraduate leadership development program—Leading Edge.  Undergraduates who participate in Leading Edge will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a leadership coach to explore their leadership potential and develop leadership skills.

At Georgia Tech, we know that leadership is something you “do”! As our now famous Nicholas Selby noted at this year’s convocation, this is Georgia Tech, We can “DO” that! Leading Edge is a program for intentional and focused “doing” of leadership.

“Leading Edge gives students a platform to learn about and practice leadership. Why this program? Because it is intentional. Many of the leadership situations that students find themselves in are hit or miss and often just focused on getting a task accomplished,” Wes Wynens, director of the LEAD Program, said. “Through careful feedback from trained leadership coaches and feedback from faculty and peers, students will gain insight into their leadership competencies and apply new insights to a leadership action plan.”

Students will then use that action plan to identify opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in on- and off- campus leadership roles. “The real magic of the program is that students put their plans into practice through the lens of specific leadership competencies. The leadership coach and the student then talk about the outcomes of the “leadership experiment” and how they can grow their leadership capacity. This creates a ‘double loop’ between practice and feedback. Through this double loop of learning we can accelerate the leadership development of our students,” Wynens said.

Rebecca Norton, a fifth-year Business Administration major, is one of the 65 members of the first group of Leading Edge “Coachees.” “I’m excited for the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with a coach to improve my leadership skills for use in my involvements at Georgia Tech and in my future career,” Norton said.

Rachel Bennett, one of Leading Edge’s 16 leadership coaches and a Ph.D. student in the chemistry, echoes Norton’s sentiments. “I think undergraduates should get involved with the Leading Edge because it offers a practical, personal, and meaningful experience that isn't offered anywhere else on campus. Students get one-on-one coaching that results in an individualized program tailored for their leadership skills,” she said.

There are 65 spots available for undergraduates in the Spring 2014 session of Leading Edge. If your student is honest, persistent, and dedicated to their own personal development and growth, encourage them to apply!

Interested students will need to contact an advisor, faculty, or staff member for a nomination. All nominations must be submitted through the LEAD Program’s website. Nominations will be accepted until October 25, 2013.

Please contact Leading Edge staff at with any questions.


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