Years ago, Omega Phi Alpha alumnae set out to create a program that would provide training for all sisters in the most underrepresented cardinal principles: leadership.
The Leadership Development Program is for sisters who want to use and apply Omega Phi Alpha’s core values in college situations and beyond. Participants explore different aspects of leadership through the prism of the six core values. For collegiate sisters, it aims to bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds. For both collegiate and alumnae sisters, the program builds effective leaders within the sorority and within their communities.
How Does It Work?
The Leadership Development Program includes a class for each of the six core values: leadership, sisterhood, diversity, education, traditions, and service. Each consists of a workshop led by alumnae volunteers and online reflection exercises. To complete the requirements for each class, a sister participates in the workshop (either in-person or through a webinar) and must finish online exercises.
Active members who complete a core valuecclass can also help their chapter earn points in the Chapter Excellence Program. Members who complete the Leadership Development Program by finishing all six of the core values receive special recognition.
What Can Members Learn?
This class must be completed before admittance to any other class.
- Defining Leadership
- Characteristics of Effective Leaders
- Qualities of Leaders
- Leading vs. Managing
- Understanding Team Dynamics
- Sharing Leadership
- Effective Communication
- Problem Solving
- Traditions and Rituals
- Dealing with Change
- Cultivating Creativity
Diversity & Inclusion
- Why Diversity is Important
- Factors Leading to Conflict
- Conflict Resolution
- Using Diversity in a Team
- Ethics, Morals, and Values
- Time Management
- Dealing with Stress
For those who have completed the previous core values, the service workshop is only offered in person.
The service core value is the culmination of the Leadership Development Program.
I learned many surprising things while participating in the program. It allowed me to stop and take the time to be introspective and assess my leadership style and potential as a future leader.
I used the qualities and characteristics of effective leaders that I learned about to help me identify people that I’d like to work with during job interviews.