Amherst LEADS Interterm 2014 Recap

For the second year in a row Amherst LEADS hosted a leadership development course during January Interterm. This three-day course was open to all Amherst and Five College students and afforded participants the opportunity to gain deeper insight into essential areas of development along their leadership journey. 

Course enrollment nearly doubled from last year, and included representatives from several extracurricular clubs, individuals involved in writing theses and conducting research, student-athletes and even a ROTC training facilitator from UMASS Amherst. Our participants brought a wide array of perspectives and experiences to share with their classmates and teachers, lending to an environment of mutual learning.

The course content offered a series of lectures and creative activities aimed to teach leadership theory and bolster self-awareness through exercises such as core value identification and examining the results from a behavioral analysis questionnaire.  Using several real-world case studies as examples, teams scrutinized the importance of accountability and ethical decision-making in leadership.  We also had the pleasure of hearing from Holly Moore, Vice President of Growing Leaders, who shared several habits and attitudes exhibited by great leaders.

 Interterm was a wonderful success this year and we were very fortunate to have such a dynamic and energetic group of participants. Amherst LEADS is excited to further develop our Interterm curriculum in the future and increase access to leadership development programming for Interterm 2015!