Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders (SFTL)
Initiative to Develop Teen Leaders
By Rotary District 7680 and CCL's Leadership Beyond Boundaries
Seminar For Tomorrow's Leaders is open to rising juniors and seniors in high school. All students who would like to attend SFTL must complete the online application.
Applications are due April 15, 2017.
SFTL is a 4 day/3 night premier leadership experience sponsored by Rotary District 7680 with curriculum designed and facilitator training provided by a global leader in executive training, Center for Creative Leadership.
Clubs, students, alumni, volunteers and parents, please visit our event site to apply and find event information.
Rotarians are committed to cultivating the understanding and application of excellent leadership skills in students when they need it most. For nearly a decade, Rotarians from District 7680 in West Central North Carolina, in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL®) Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) initiative, have transformed students’ lives by delivering an intensive, transformative and empowering leadership development program for rising high school juniors and seniors.
The same leadership development framework used for global executives, policy makers and military officers is successfully applied to students participating in this four-day experiential program. Approximately 100 students live together in a learning community hosted at a local university on campus and progress through a sequence of highly interactive experiences to learn and apply relevant and meaningful leadership skills. All involved in this leadership experience, youth/students, mentors, trainers, learn together and grow as leaders, creating a rich and rewarding inter-generational leadership-enhancing experience.
Within a nurturing and challenging environment, students blossom as they are guided through a carefully crafted experience that empowers them to increase their self-awareness and develop life-changing skills: how to give and receive feedback; effective group communication; applied leadership; vision and goal-setting; non-verbal communication; self-assessment; increasing emotional intelligence; and reflection.
Leadership Theory and Development
Learning to effectively give and receive feedback using CCL’s Situation, Behavior, and Impact (SBI) model; applying these skills during the trust walk; and honing communication skills through CCL’s Direction, Alignment, Commitment (DAC) framework lays the foundation for working and living with others now and in the future.
Small groups explore how to utilize DAC in everyday life, and students experience the dynamic nature of leadership development. Strategic planning tools such as the “Pipeline” create an opportunity to apply DAC to many scenarios and build a strong foundation for effective communication.
Increasing Emotional Intelligence, Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication and Skits
Students now turn inward and get to know themselves, a critical component of good leadership. Breaking mental models to encourage empathy, sharing strengths and weaknesses and deepening understanding lead to increased emotional intelligence. Exploring the impact of the six channels of nonverbal communication, followed by skits, solidifies leadership concepts in real-life scenarios.
Planning, Communication, Patience and Focus
After reviewing all the tools and skills learned in preceding days, including planning, effective communication, patience, focus and collaboration, students apply these skills to the intentionally complex “colourblind” exercise. After successfully solving this difficult problem using colorful shapes and blindfolds, young leaders share a sigh of relief as they realize they have integrated many critical lessons.
Four Way Test, Ethics, Small Group Discussion, Goal Setting and Increased Self-Awareness
Throughout the seminar small clusters of 8-10 students led by a mentor, gather in groups where they debrief, recap and clarify the lessons. These intimate groups foster discussions about goals, ambitions, careers, college plans and relationships.
Using CCL’s self-assessment tool, the Values Explorer, students identify and reflect on their defining values. The resulting growth in self-awareness is just one example of how the small groups encourage group member trust and increase emotional intelligence.
Sweeping Improvement in Leadership Skills
After the seminar, participants reported significant improvement in 12 key areas of leadership capabilities, including understanding leadership, communication skills, comfort working with new skills and new situations, knowledge of personal strengths and areas in need of further development, ability to accomplish a leadership challenge, empathy for others, comfort managing conflict and working with diverse groups of people and knowledge about global diversity.