Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program
About Admiral Tony Gaiani
Admiral Gaiani was previously Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia and Commander Maritime Air Naples and has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience of what it takes to be a great leader, he himself having risen to the leadership position of Admiral during wartime, which is somewhat of a rarity in itself.
Before Admiral Gaiani was posted in Europe, he was part of a very small group of people who helped to plan the strategy formed in the first few weeks after 9/11.
Later, within his role as Commander Maritime Air Naples, Gaiani commanded NATO’s Maritime Airpower in the Mediterranean: he oversaw operations during the war in Libya.
The American University of Rome is launching a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program in the Fall of 2014, thanks to Visiting Professor US Admiral Anthony E. Gaiani, who has brought his passion, experience, and expertise of leadership to The American University of Rome.
AUR’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program develops ethical and effective leaders through an intensive immersion in the study and application of the dynamic art and science of leadership. LEAD is designed to develop the ethical and effective leaders in demand today with the ability to think critically, creatively, and across cultures. LEAD provides undergraduates with comprehensive, relevant, and quality education, development and training opportunities, and experiences designed to improve their functioning and performance as students today and prepare them for future roles as leaders in the world tomorrow.
Why Study Leadership?
We live in a rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected and globalized world, full of both opportunity and risk. Leadership is the skill the world is looking for today to ensure our response to change is deliberate, allowing us to take advantage of opportunity while minimizing risk. Learn to lead in this changing world, and learn the unique skills in demand in society today.
AUR’s Leadership Program is designed to develop the ethical and effective leaders in demand today: the ability to think critically, creatively and expansively, and across cultures. Leaders today must be ready to lead in either traditional hierarchical organizations or ad hoc, virtual organizations, in which the role of the participants may constantly undergo change. These ad hoc or floating teams are of growing importance to businesses and other organizations. Graduates will need to be prepared to be followers on some teams, leaders on others, and to change roles rapidly if circumstances require.
To develop graduates who:
- Possess fundamental knowledge of human behavior and the dynamic art of leadership;
- Understand the changing nature of leadership and followership, and be skillful in both roles (leadership skills and styles, follower types and behaviors);
- Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking related to leadership;
- Understand and demonstrate contextual intelligence as a means of ensuring success in a variety of environments, today and in the future;
- Understand, value and be able to apply the law, ethics and morality in decision making;
- Exercise essential individual, interpersonal and organizational leader and follower skills and abilities through practical application;
- Express motivation for continued leader development.
Students choosing to pursue a Leadership Minor (4 courses/15 credits) are given the opportunity to gain practical experience and document it through participation in the Leadership Practicum, in which students lead teams which design, develop and deliver results in a project of their choosing. These teams are assessed by their ability to produce results while holding high ethical standards, and are graded by their peers and followers – the same criteria by which leaders today are judged.
The first class being offered as part of the new Leadership minor for Fall 2014:
LEAD 101 Preparing to Lead
This course emphasizes the development and understanding of personal strengths, values, and opportunities for growth. Topics include temperament theory, values, time management, reflection, self-presentation and the self-concept, social influences, trust, perception, communication, conflict management, and an introduction to team and group behavior and leadership.
Rome as Your Classroom Exercises
Part of the methodology of the LEAD program are the Rome As Your Classroom exercises which represent a unique and persuasive method of conveying lessons learned from the past to present-day students. On the very terrain where historic encounters took place, these exercises bring to life examples of leadership, followership, communications, ethics, and above all, critical decision making.
Tailor your Leadership Education to Your Specific Needs
The Leadership program offers a minor, suitable for any major, or students may choose among electives, allowing them to choose the level and extent of their leadership education.
Take the first step in your development as a Leader of Character in the 21st century: choose to become a student of leadership. To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.