Honors Leadership Studies

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, YOU are a leader.
– John Quincy Adams

In these uncertain economic times, you need to find a way to stand out from the crowd in the job market. The Leadership Program within the Institute for Honors, Leadership, and International Studies (IHLIS) can give you that extra competitive edge.

While you are learning, you can earn scholarship money while at Hinds. You will also be competitive for sizeable merit-based scholarships when you transfer to four-year colleges and universities which recognize the value-added benefit of this program.

To join the Leadership Program, you must have an ACT score of 25 and/or a 3.0 college G.P.A. To apply, you must visit the Honors Center on the second floor of the Raymond Campus Administration Building to complete the Honors Program application and to set up an interview with the Director of the Honors Program.

IHLIS offers a variety of leadership opportunities and courses for study.

Leadership and Organizational Skills I-III

1-hour credit per course

$200 scholarship awarded upon the successful completion of each course

LEA 1821
This course focuses primarily on the management of self, a fundamental key to success for any leader. In the class, you will discuss how to be proactive in the areas of time management, goal setting, and developing a positive self-image while developing a college plan and crafting a résumé. You’ll study different leadership styles, how to conduct effective meetings, and how to work successfully with members of a team. Finally, each class member will assume a role within one group leadership project.

LEA 1831
Students in this course will complete a Meyers Briggs type indicator and determine how type influences verbal and non-verbal communication as well as the function of the individual in groups. Students work in teams to organize and complete service-learning projects. Emphasis is on practical learning. As you complete the group project, you will learn how to manage time and stress, how to plan and execute a project, as well as how to set and achieve goals. You will also begin planning for transfer to a four-year institution by beginning a scholarship search.

LEA 1841
Becoming polished and ready to move on into upper-level education is a primary focus of the course. You will complete scholarship searches and paperwork necessary for transfer. Also, you will work on interviewing techniques and the rules of proper business and social etiquette. You’ll also have the opportunity to refine the service-learning project you began in the first semester. All of your leadership training materials will be compiled into one portfolio of work that will be displayed on Honors Awards Day.

Leadership Development

LEA 1831/1823
3-hour credit per course

$500 scholarship awarded upon successful completion of course

If you hold a leadership position on the Raymond Campus, you should consider enrolling in the in 3-hour Leadership Development course. In this class, you will study examples of leaders in action and focus on the principles of sound leadership so that you can apply these principles to your role as a leader.

In addition to a discussion of current research on leadership, we’ll use film and classic literature as you examine the principles of effective leadership. We’ll discuss the different styles of Coaches Yoast and Boone in Remember the Titans and examine the servant leadership of Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda. We’ll discuss how to manage conflict while identifying different types of conflict in the film Crash, and we’ll examine Shakespeare’s lessons in empowering and inspiring others through Henry V’s St. Crispin’s Day speech.

We’ll also use hands-on activities to illustrate the principles of leadership. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the personal challenge of high-element and low-element rope’s courses that will instill the principles of teamwork.

Finally, in this two-semester class, you will develop a personal leadership philosophy. The primary emphasis in the course is placed on the following units of study:

  • Articulating a vision
  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Time management
  • Empowering others
  • Initiating change
  • Managing conflict
  • Leading by serving
  • Ethical leadership

The Leadership Development course is based on the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies program and instructors are certified by Phi Theta Kappa.


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