For students, ‘Coaching for Leadership’ is a vital opportunity not to be missed

You may have heard the quote, “Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.” What this means is that leadership is ultimately about doing and being – regardless of one’s station in life. It mirrors our university mission statement, which reads, in part, “We shall give our youth an education that … will enable them to act … ”

Every Norwich student, no matter what path they choose, can and will lead at some point in their career. It is inevitable, and is why leadership coaching is so critical to one’s future success.

For the fourth year in a row, Norwich undergraduate students are being offered a unique opportunity to spend a day talking with and listening to mature, caring adults who have worked their way up to positions of leadership. Sponsored by the Norwich University Alumni Association, the “Coaching for Leadership” (CFL) program pairs Norwich alumni with undergraduates from across all academic disciplines for a one-day intensive coaching session. Whenever possible, students are matched with a mentor from their academic field. The goal is to help prepare students for real-world careers by strengthening their skills in six key leadership competency areas: listening, oral communication, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, and ethics. Last year more than 75 alumni-student pairs took part. This year the organizers hope to increase that number to 100.

One of the most valuable assets of your Norwich education is that it gains you entrance into a worldwide network of Norwich alumni, all of whom are willing and eager to help you move forward. Norwich business administration graduate Eric Curtis (’98), who was instrumental in bringing the CFL program to Norwich, says participants report that the relationships forged between alumni and students continue long after the one-day coaching sessions. “Many alumni-student partners choose to remain in contact, extending the mentor-mentee connection to graduation and beyond,” Curtis says.

The Coaching for Leadership program is one example of the many ways Norwich alumni give back to their alma mater, ensuring that each new class of graduates reaps the same benefits from their Norwich experience as they did. It is what former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan (’59) is talking about when he says, “Each new generation of students stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before.”

This year’s Coaching for Leadership event takes place Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wise Campus Center. Students are required to take part in an introductory session on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Dewey 306. This session will also be available via Webex for students who cannot physically participate. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

Students may register for the program through the alumni website at alumni.norwich.edu/studentleadership16. Alumni, faculty or staff wishing to volunteer as coaches may register at alumni.norwich.edu/alumleadership16. Please direct further questions to Col. Steve Pomeroy at the School of Business & Management at spomeroy@norwich.edu.

For students, ‘Coaching for Leadership’ is a vital opportunity not to be missed

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