The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the Terry College of Business was established in 2001 to develop a new class of business and community leaders. For the founders, “new” meant more than the creation of a replacement pool for today’s leadership. It meant leaders who embraced a leadership perspective grounded in values that serve their communities and organizations.
To accomplish this goal, ILA develops capabilities, layered on top of the student’s academic major, that promote:
- On-going self-development
- Compelling communication of vision
- Effective implementation of organizational goals
- Adaptability to the changing environment
- The ability to create high performing teams
- Strong business acumen
The Terry Leadership Speaker Series presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia. In these student-oriented forums, leaders are asked to discuss their unique leadership styles and experiences.
ILA facilitates two undergraduate leadership certificate programs:
- The Leadership Fellows for students in any UGA major.
- The Leonard Leadership Scholars Program for Terry College majors.
These programs aim to create a new class of leaders who are well trained and embrace ILA’s values. Completion of either program earns a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership.
Organization leaders today are faced with challenges of globalization, digitalization, a heightened emphasis on performance and more complex organizational contexts filled with a more diverse population. To be effective, leaders are needed at every level of the organization who can used multiple intelligences to make decisions, lead innovation and promote teamwork.
Leading organizations recognize that the development of leadership skills occurs beyond the classroom, in action learning situations, often by providing the individual with challenging work with coaching and feedback. Our approach to leadership development inILA mirrors these best practices by providing students with self-assessments, coaching/mentoring, action learning and feedback focused on the development of greater emotional competence.
Kevin Brinson, a senior in management and international business, has received numerous honors and accolades, but his passion is to give back to others and help uplift communities.
Armed with a barrage of props, Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy shared his lessons in leadership with students enrolled in an entrepreneurship class at Terry. He talked about Chick-fil-A’s current challenges of maintaining a balance between quality, service and the bottom line while growing his business.