The Levitt Leadership Institute is a two-week intensive leadership training program. Its mission is to help students recognize, develop and practice the kinds of leadership skills that are essential for creating personal and societal change. The institute promotes a global mindset, ethical behaviors and regard for the public good. The leadership training culminates with the chance to make a real and positive difference through a long-term Commitment-to Action Project that also transfers the skills and knowledge into real-life situations. Applications for the Leadership Institute are open in the fall.
Levitt Leadership Institute
During its first week, the Levitt Leadership Institute takes place on Hamilton's campus. Participants learn about their own skills and attitudes as they listen and work with others in a succession of group challenges. Discussions and exercises around leadership skills include practice in active listening and difficult conversations. The hands-on, practical training ends with the large group challenge to design two days of activities in Washington, D.C., with leadership practitioners, who will put week one's learning into context through areas of interest to participants.
During the second week in Washington, participants move about the city to attend meetings and networking opportunities with people practicing leadership in a variety of public sectors. This puts leadership issues in a real-life context and prepares participants for their final challenge – to make a measurable and positive difference in a community of choice before graduating from Hamilton. These Commitment Projects provide a chance to create and learn from innovating and producing positive change with others in a supportive environment.
The Levitt Leadership training team, led by former Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and leadership training expert Christine Powers, includes recent Hamilton graduates and relies on the active participation of everyone involved. Comments from former institute participants underscore the chance to work with people beyond their usual networks, learn about themselves both as leaders and effective group members, and contribute something real in the process.