Cross Cultural Leadership Program

For many students in WLSA member-schools, preparation for leadership roles should be seen as a natural developmental goal. This program aims to help student participants develop leadership competency across several important categories of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and behaviours. Among competency areas, the ability to work in complicated cross-cultural settings is a vital one in the 21st century. Leading in such contexts is especially challenging. The program will therefore dedicate considerable time to the intersection of leadership and cross-cultural competence.

In this blended learning program, participants will work to develop competencies in the settings in which they currently occupy leadership roles. At the same time, there will be substantial focus on significant real-world contexts, including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will ensure that the complex work of the program is both relevant to participants' present lives and forward looking.

  • 7-month blended-learning program in two phases, academic year and summer, for 3-4 students and one teacher mentor per teams from 8-10 schools. This means you could do work over the holidays, it’s a commitment but a rewarding one
  • Academic year: three 8-week terms with teamwork both online and locally; 2-3 hours/week
  • Summer: 2-week capstone team project; July 2019 location TBD
  • Learning channels: online lectures, readings, group discussions, journaling, home-school and networked mentor support, local team projects, online/multinational team projects
  • For students: improved self-knowledge and experience with development coach, leadership competencies, cultural competence, networking skills, global network of fellow student leaders, real-world knowledge of UN’s SDGs and a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for ongoing workDue to the length and dedication of this course, Student Participants are offered travel reimbursement for the two-week capstone project in Summer 2019. Lodging and food stipend is also provided.