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Top 3 Tips for Your Winter Leadership Training

January 9th, 2018 by Amanda Bradley


Although the brutal temperature here in the Northeast is making it difficult to even think about spring, the start to spring semester is right around the corner. That means your student leaders will be making their way back to campus soon, if they haven’t already, to kick off winter student leadership training.

Typically, winter training is an abbreviated version of summer training, since the students already have one semester under their belts and have probably already begun planning their programs for the upcoming semester.  But it’s important to keep in mind that winter training is a vital component of having a successful semester and finishing the year strong. Here are our top tips to make the most of your winter training:


1.Don’t skip the icebreakers, but choose wisely

It may be tempting to skip over the icebreakers this training especially if your leadership boards all know each other well by now – but don’t do it! Icebreakers serve a much larger purpose than introductions. Use this time to have your student leaders participate in fun activities that teach a specific, transferrable skill that will not only benefit them in their current role, but also in any future endeavor.

Some of our favorites focus on skills such as communication, teamwork/trust, or problem solving. After the icebreaker is completed, spend a few minutes discussing what was learned, how it could be applied in their positions, and different ways to continue sharpening this skill.


2.Spend tiazme reflecting on the fall semester

Even if you have already spent time one-on-one or as a group discussing the successes and challenges of programs last semester, these discussions need a refresher after a month of holiday parties and binging Netflix. Carve out some time during training to review the lessons that were learned last semester, both the good and bad, and discuss how they can be applied to upcoming events.

This is also a great time to review the goals your organization set at the beginning of the year and see how much progress you have made. Are you on track? Are some goals already completed? Are there any that haven’t been started and need to be reevaluated?


3.Add in some professional development

Although your execs can work just as hard as full-time employees, it’s important to remember that they are students first. Spending time on professional development will help your students and your organization in the long run.

Consider bringing in a guest speaker such as a career counselor to discuss how to articulate a student leadership position on a resume, or a cultural center representative to discuss diversity in the workplace. You also could invite someone from outside your university to discuss specific topics such as unlocking creativity or navigating tough conversations.


But remember – training should be fun! Have a movie night, make a group dinner, or even volunteer as a group. Good luck this semester!

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