Photo: The MU CLC Team receives the 2nd Place Trophy at the Eastern Regionals at the University of Delaware (March 2019).
Methodist University competes nationally in the Collegiate Leadership Competition (CLC), a nonprofit college leadership program founded in 2015. This experience creates a dynamic practice field where student leaders can apply what they’re learning about leadership in a context that stretches the boundaries of their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. CLC makes leadership a real, tangible experience for future leaders.
A coach would not ask a college athlete to compete on the field without weeks or months of practice. Yet, too often we ask students to sit in a classroom and learn theories and terms about leadership, but rarely provide opportunities to put them into practice until they begin their first job.
CLC competitions and practices are high-impact learning experiences, at which students build skills that are critical for the next generation of leaders. Coaches use experiential curriculum to provide real-time coaching and feedback to students on the attributes of effective leaders, leadership/followership styles, creative problem solving, influencing others, navigating difficult conversations, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making, stressors, and effective team building.