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Foster Leadership Academy

The Foster Leadership Academy is a non-academic certification program open to current UW students. Engage in leadership experiences and reflect on your leadership journey through the lens of Authentic Leadership. Connect with other students in your cohort, gain confidence, and improve transferable skills (like problem-solving, giving and receiving feedback, and more). Earn a leadership certificate for your resume. Upon completion, each student will receive a Certificate, a professional Foster branded gift, and a valuable experience for your resume.

PRIORITY DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: December 30
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Questions? Email [email protected]

Authentic Leadership Categories

Moral/Ethical Perspective

Authentic leaders possess a strong internalized moral perspective or “compass” that enables them to act in concert with their core values despite group, organizational or social pressures that could otherwise steer them off course.

Transparency

Authentic leaders exhibit transparency by openly sharing their true thoughts and feelings in the interest of exploring the right course of action rather than simply conceding to popular opinion.

Balance processing

Authentic leaders demonstrate balanced processing by accurately and objectively analyzing all relevant data and stakeholder views before coming to a decision.

Self-Awareness

Leaders who demonstrate high leader self-awareness are mindful of the ways they think about, feel about, and choose to affect others in the context of influencing them to do something.

Leadership Certificate of Requirements

Attend 3 BUILD workshops

There will be 1-2 BUILD Workshops hosted each month. Each workshop will be based on at least one Authentic Leadership Category

Tentative Workshop Calendar

Date Workshop
November 6 Leading with Values (Moral/Ethical Perspective)
December 4 How Diversity Makes Us Smarter (Balance Processing)
January 12 Leadership Summit (Self-Awareness & Balance Processing)
Counts for two workshop requirements
January (Moral/Ethical Perspectives)
February (Balanced Processing)
February (Transparency)
March (Self-Awareness)
April (Balanced Processing)
April (Transparency)

Complete 2 personal leadership challenges

You will be provided 2 challenges to complete on your own time.

Complete 4 Reflections

There will be 4 reflection opportunities, one for each Authentic Leadership Category.
You should submit the reflections based on your BUILD workshops attended and your leadership challenges.

Final project – Personal Reflection Piece

Create a final project reflecting on your journey as a leader – in peer groups, activities, mentorship experience, Foster Leadership Academy, professional and personal life. In what ways have you grown? Describe what have you learned about yourself and who has influenced you.

Format can be in a variety of formats: painting, written word, social media presentation, leave a group activity.

Present the project to members of the FLA team by video or a short 1-2-page paper explaining your process and final piece.

Deadline: May 14 – Presentations completed by May 28