Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

LEAD Program

Longwood is committed to developing leaders.  The University’s mission centers on developing Citizen Leaders, while the mission of Longwood’s College of Business and Economics is:

To prepare effective and successful business leaders by guiding students to develop their full potential.

In support of this mission, Longwood’s MBA includes a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program that is supplemental to your coursework and runs concurrently with your MBA program.  The LEAD program is structured to encourage leadership development through knowledge, experience, and reflection and with a focus on leadership, values, and ethics.

Upon successful completion of the LEAD program, students earn a Certificate in Leadership from the SNVC Institute for Leadership and Innovation housed within the College of Business and Economics.

LEAD Program Components

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program

Every MBA student will complete this training during their first MBA on-campus residency. Completion of this program helps students develop key habits of effectiveness which will benefit them not only in their MBA coursework, but also in their personal and professional lives.

Leadership Book Review

Every student will be required to read a designated book and review the book in their Leadership Development Portfolio.

Team Building

During the on-campus residencies, MBA students will engage in one or more team building exercises throughout their program, including the Longwood University Ropes Course.

Leadership Project

Each MBA student will complete a leadership project. This may be one of two things:

  • Mentor a first-year student (available to part-time students only) - Mentoring is a win-win situation. The mentee receives helpful advice and guidance while the mentor has the opportunity to work with another toward a common goal and gains experience in task and personnel coordination, communication and influence. A second-year student who selects this option for his/her leadership project will pair up with a first-year student (mentee) during the summer residency prior to starting his/her second year. During the following year, the second year student (mentor) will proactively contact the first year student, as well as respond to any questions raised by the first year student. The second year student will record and report on the mentoring relationship and the leadership experience gained in his/her Leadership Development Portfolio.
  • Become involved in a service/leadership role - A student may also complete a leadership project by taking on a service/leadership role in their current organization, with a local non-profit organization, or with a social organization (e.g. church, club, etc.) during their second year of study. This role should provide an opportunity for the student to
    1. Contribute his/her experience and expertise to an organization.
    2. Develop and practice his/her leadership skills. The student will record and report his/her leadership experience in his/her Leadership Development Portfolio.

Leadership Mentoring

In addition to being a mentor, it's important to find someone to be your mentor -- someone from whom you can learn leadership skills.

Each part-time student will find a mentor in his/her chosen field, industry or profession and meet with the mentor at least once a month during the fall and spring semesters of their second year of study.

Each full-time (MBAdvantage) student will meet with their mentors at least once a month during their fall and spring semesters.

Again, these meetings and learnings will be recorded and reported in your Leadership Development Portfolios.

Executives-in-Residence and Other Guest Speakers

Learning from current leaders is important. Each on-campus residency includes guest speakers sharing their ideas and experiences. 

In addition, the College of Business and Economics' Executive-in-Residence program is a way to learn about leadership topics from current leaders. These programs are open to all students and also are recorded for online viewing.

Students may attend other speakers in their local areas as well.

You will report on each executive speaker program you attend in your Leadership Development Portfolios.

Professional Development Coaching

MBA students have the opportunity to work with a professional coach during their last year of the MBA program.

This includes completing a series of professional development coaching modules in Canvas and participating in one-on-one coaching sessions in their final fall, spring and summer terms.

MBA students will write a reflection piece by the end of the final spring semester, describing this experience and what they've learned from it. 

Leadership Development Portfolio

Your progress through the MBA LEAD program will be documented in your Leadership Development Portfolio.

This is a journal of your leadership development activities throughout the MBA LEAD program and represents your only deliverable.  The purpose of the journal is to allow students to reflect on their own leadership strengths, weaknesses, and growth.

Journals are graded as pass/fail and must be completed before a student begins his/her consulting practicum course or thesis.