How it Works
Between January and April, teams practice the CLC curriculum which is rooted in 10 easy to remember acronyms. Some of the acronyms focus on basic content knowledge and others focus on processes that participants learn and practice. For the process-oriented content, coaches have an opportunity to actively coach and build skill. The goal is to develop mental representations that help students make ethical decisions, problem-solve, navigate difficult conversations, choose appropriate leadership styles, and so forth. Ultimately, our goal is that students behave with greater intentionality and skillfully intervene more often. In addition to the CLC intranet which includes guides for coaches and sample practice outlines, we have developed the following:
An Innovative Curriculum
By integrating multiple theories, scholars, and perspectives, CLC developed an innovative curriculum and content that is easy to apply and simple to remember. For example, take a look at SOLVE, one of CLC’s acronyms designed to help students think more intentionally about problem solving. To help coaches and participants, each acronym has a description, a corresponding video, links to external videos/articles, links to thought leaders, a list of quotes, and academic references for further exploration.
A World of Activities
Chefs, physicians, and soccer players become world class by engaging in deliberate practice. Drawing from the expertise literature, CLC has developed a library of activities that serve as opportunities to practice the process-oriented content. Take a look at one CLC activity designed to reinforce and teach SOLVE. Coaches can also access all past competition activities like the Pringles Ringle.
A Set of Tools
A long-standing problem with leadership education is our inability to truly measure growth and development. We have developed a series of CLC Skill Sheets that operationalize many of the CLC acronyms into observable and measurable behaviors. The CLC Skill Sheets can be used to gauge progress and simplify content into observable behavior. Take a look at the SOLVE Skill Sheet.
Register a team
For the 2019 – 2020 Collegiate Leadership Competition season
2019 – 2020 COLLEGIATE REGISTRATION
Regular Registration: $2,195 (First Team)
Second Team: $1,495
CLC offers a unique opportunity to help students grow and develop their ability to lead. The competition is a perfect incubator of events where the true colors of one’s leadership ability is bound to surface – it is the ultimate learning experience in leadership training and development!
– 2017 Coach
Can we recruit more than one coach?
Yes, coaches from one institution frequently co- coach.
Who should coach the team?
CLC coaches are faculty members, student affairs professionals, or graduate assistants. While undergraduate assistants can certainly help to co-coach a team, the experience needs to be facilitated by an experienced member of the campus community.
How many students make up one CLC team?
Six students make up one team. You are more than welcome to include more than six students in your weekly practices. Some educators have taught this curriculum to classes of 40+ students.
What is the typical time commitment for a coach?
Coaches usually train their teams for 1.5- 2 hours per week. CLC’s resources like the Weekly Practice Guide significantly decrease coach planning time.
Is CLC a co- curricular or curricular learning experience?
CLC can be structured as a co- curricular experience or a for- credit course.
How are teams judged at the competition?
Employers, community leaders, and leadership educators evaluate teams on two dimensions: (a) process (determined by CLC Skill Sheet scores); and (b) the results (determined by how quickly/accurately the team was able to accomplish the objective).
How can I access CLC resources?
CLC resources are available through the CLC intranet. Coaches receive access to all materials when they sign up. If you would like to see some additional examples of resources, please feel free to reach out!
How many teams can I bring to competition?
Most schools choose to field 1-2 teams.
CLC takes concepts and frameworks in leadership outside of theory and puts it into practice and action. Students are able to internalize what they learn and apply it directly through activities. Students are able to learn and develop their leadership style as well as learn how to work on a team with various personality types. The growth students go through in such a short amount of time is tremendous. CLC allows students the opportunity to really hone in, focus, and be intentional when it comes to understanding how they choose to lead.
– 2019 Coach