Marion Military Institute

Quality Enhancement Plan

Thinking Critically about Leadership

Based on cadet surveys and focus groups, faculty and staff consensus, and data from our Institutional Research office, Marion Military Institute has chosen “Thinking Critically about Leadership” as the theme for the new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  The pilot was launched in the Fall 2013 semester with a target population of all incoming Leadership Education Program students not affiliated with a varsity sport.  The QEP is divided into seven formally themed sessions, with supporting blogs and activities related to each session.  The textbook for the QEP is Kouzes and Pozner’s The Student Leadership Challenge. At the close of the 2013-14 pilot session, Leta Stephens, QEP Co-Director, says the pilot group has been “incredibly involved and helpful getting this initiative started.”

QEP Learning Outcomes

1.   Thinking Critically to Solve Problems:
1.1  Students will connect academic knowledge to leadership activities.
1.2  Students will analyze assumptions, identify key issues, evaluate evidence, and  articulate a logical argument about an issue.
1.3  Students will identify real-world problems and create alternative solutions from  multiple perspectives.

2.   Learning the Process of Leadership
  2.1  Students will think critically about best-practice leadership behaviors and apply  the leadership process to life as a cadet, a student, and as a lifelong learner.

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Sessions:

  • Session One:  “Leaders Can Define Great Leadership”
  • Session Two:  “Leaders Know How to Learn”
  • Session Three:  “Leaders Know How to Manage Their Finances”
  • Session Four:  “Leaders Have Integrity—Academic and Personal”
  • Session Five:  “Leaders Build Community from Diversity and Conflict”
  • Session Six:  “Leaders Understand Teamwork”

Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes.  The QEP exposed me and my group to fundamental concepts that every leaders should know through teaching exercises that applied principles of leadership to real life.  I was challenged to think critically about why, when, and how to lead.  And because of it, I feel I have grown.  I have learned that leaders are not just the toughest and biggest among us; they are those with the mental dexterity to identify a problem and solve it.  Leaders are often ‘followers of a higher power,’ listening to others, modeling behaviors.  They’re leaders by example, not rank or position.”

- Cadet Waverly G. Hampton III, May 2014