Module 3: Leadership
Welcome to The Launchpad!
A set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment or be successful in their chosen paths.
The following modules and resources will also help you in your volunteer roles at LUU as either commitee members, Liberation Coordinators, Community Reps, Halls Execs, School Reps or Activities Execs.
Being able to demonstrate your employability skills, as well as work experience, volunteering and general life experiences all enable you to become more employable. Graduate selection procedures can be lengthy and there are large numbers of applicants for each vacancy, so you need to sell yourselves well to employers. You will be asked to provide evidence of your employability skills on application forms and interviews. If you only start thinking about this in your final year, this puts you at a disadvantage compared to other students!
Your course is already helping you to develop a wide range of employability skills, from report writing to presentation skills.
In addition, LUU provide many extracurricular schemes to help you to develop your skills further.
You can volunteer, take part in clubs and societies, work part-time, become a student ambassador or mentor or become a school rep. However you decide to supplement your studies, the LUU Launchpad is here to bring all your learning together and reflect on the skills you’ve gained. The Launchpad is a learning and development tool which helps LUU Volunteers develop 6 key skills.
Planning and Organisation
These skills will help you in your ability to carry out your voluntary role at Leeds University Union and importantly, gain essential skills that you can use upon graduation. The Launchpad encourages you to be thinking about the skills you’re developing from Day 1 of your time at University, so that when you leave us you will have a large bank of experiences to draw on to help you successfully enter your future career.
The skills matrix is used for mapping your current skills, identifying gaps in these and reflecting with the use of this matrix the skills that you have developed and excelled in. You will also find this extremely useful in your one to one meetings with your LUU support person and also when you are writing your CV ready for graduate applications. If you invest the time and effort to create one, don’t just hang it on the wall, but use it to take action and improve your strengths! Next to each skill assessment you can add a target of when you would like to achieve this skill by. A skills matrix can also be used within your volunteer group to establish what skills are needed to allow the group / organisation to achieve their objectives.
Top 10 skills that will get you a job when you graduateWEBSkills Map
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint – Exupery
Planning is an integral feature of every member’s success, and will help volunteers understand how to become autonomous and build sustainable and reputable relationships. Developing this skill will stay with you throughout your career.
Creating a plan that you can actually use is key. Your plan should include certain elements, like a mission or values, you will need to avoid common pitfalls, like neglecting the specific needs of Leeds University Union, and so it becomes your road map for success. You can use this module to help you plot out your activity in your volunteer role. You can then use this exercise as an excellent example of planning when you come to apply for roles outside of Leeds University Union.
Strategic planning has a basic overall framework. Not to oversimplify the planning process, but by placing all the parts of a plan into the following three areas, you can clearly see how the pieces of your plan fit together:
• Where are we now? Review your current strategic position and clarify your mission, vision, and values.
• Where are we going? Establish your competitive advantage and your vision. Clearly see the direction your organisation is headed.
• How will we get there? Lay out the road to connect where you are now to where you’re going. Set your strategic objectives, goals, and action items and how you’ll execute your project
Why does it always seem that there just isn’t enough time in the day? We all get the same 24 hours but some people can achieve so much more than
others in that same time period. Learn some new techniques to make our time the most effective that it can be.
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time management for personal and professional productivity - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 4 weeks
Delivered by University of California, this free MOOC (Massive open online course) will take you 4 weeks to complete. You will be E-mailed new course content each week that you can do at any time you like. By the end of the course you will be able to use the tools and techniques you have learnt to set yourself goals, prioritise effectively and schedule time which will help you enhance your productivity.
Taking part in this activity will help you to run great events in your volunteer role at Leeds University Union.
Event planning requires creativity, organisation and flexibility. You will need to work well under pressure to meet deadlines and be able to multi-task as you juggle multiple projects. You need to be assertive when dealing with a crisis, yet patient. Strong written and verbal communication skills allow you to negotiate well and an understanding of budgeting will help you stay on target with your expenses.
How to Plan an EventWEB
At some stage in your career you may have to of fundraise. You may also be asked to raise funds as part of your volunteer role at LUU.
Fundraising is really easy when you know how and Planning and organisation are vital in order to get the most out of fundraising projects
"A man without a smiling face must not open a shop. “ – Chinese Proverb
The aim of the commercial awareness module is to help you develop business acumen surrounding financial management, customer service delivery and dealing with conflict. It will develop your interaction skills and allow you to think about how being a volunteer has made you more employable. This module will take you up to 2 hours to complete. It will equip you with all the tools you need to interact with your peers and others in your voluntary role. You can take these skills with you when dealing with clients, customers and your colleagues in your future career.
Developing Commercial Awareness WEBFeedback Guidebook PDFWhat Consumers Want - TED TalkWEB
We want our volunteers to manage their finances correctly. This skill will help you in your voluntary role, in your future career and also in your personal life.
Being equipped with all the right tools will mean that when you are compiling your CV and attending interviews you will stand out from the crowd.
The Careers Centre at the University have a range of resources to help you at the application process. You can also book mock interviews, sessions to look over your applications and see videos of assessment centres here
How to succeed at: Writing Applications - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 3 weeks
Delivered by the University of Sheffield, this free MOOC (Massive open online course) will take you 3 weeks to complete. You will be E-mailed new course content each week that you can do at any time you like. This course will help you write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to do further study at university. The course will help you to identify and understand skills you have gained through work experience, volunteering and studying. Top Tips on how to write CV’s, cover letters and application forms are shared and the course will help you to examine your digital footprint and develop a professional profile online.
How to succeed at: Interviews - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 3 weeks
Delivered by the University of Sheffield, this free MOOC (Massive open online course) will take you 3 weeks to complete. You will be E-mailed new course content each week that you can do at any time you like. This course will give you the knowledge to research your organisation that will prepare you for that ultimate question “Why do you want to work for us?”. The course covers everything from what to wear, common interview questions, what you should be asking them and how to ace telephone interviews and tests.
Net that job: How to write a CV online - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 3 weeks
Find out how to write a CV online that will help you stand out and net your dream job, with this free onlne CV writing course.
As a professional social media network, LinkedIn is a great way of talking about your skills to employers. By Building your professional profile on Linkedin as fully as possible, potential employers can easily see who you are and what you have to offer. We encourage all our volunteers to have a Linkedin profile and use the site to develop your commercial awareness.
Have a look at these videos below developed by the Careers Centre, or view all of them here
How to Complete Your Profile
Boost Your Profile
Your Profile Settings
Research Career Ideas and Options
Research and Indentify Potential Employers
Joining Groups for Research and Networking
How LinkedIn Can Help Your Commerical Awareness
How to Find Jobs on LinkedIn
Reveal full profiles of 3rd Degree Connections
“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader.....they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, always about the goal”. Lisahaisha.com
What are leadership skills? Is being a good leader being a good boss?
Understanding what good leadership is will also help you identify examples from your own life which you may not previously have considered. Leading others is key to success in your voluntary role. Leadership skills were also identified as key graduate skill by a recent employer survey and noted as a skill that is often missing in new graduates. That's why developing your leadership skills will help you to stand out from the crowd. The aim of a leadership module is for you to develop leadership qualities by reflecting on the values of your role and how to manage and guide other volunteers. You will learn about dealing with change and develop the performance of others and look at ways to handle conflict.
Management and Leadership: Leading a Team - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 4 weeks
Delivered by the Open University this course is all about what is core to leading and managing in organisations. The key areas that this course will cover incudes finding out about stakeholders, exploring creating a business plan and what makes the best practice when it comes to recruitment. You will also learn what makes a good induction process and how you can motivate your team and your organisation.
Personal development is the act or process of understanding oneself to achieve our fullest potential. Our personal development needs and goals will change throughout our lives and careers but hopefully what will never change is your own drive and determination to learn and develop.
For most organisations, change is inevitable. Because of this, from the moment you start your career you'll most likely be involved in managing change at some point – be it a simple change to the way your team deals with customer complaints, or a major project to change the way your organisation works.
You may come across conflict situations in your voluntary role between other students or your peers, so we want you to feel equipped to handle these situations. Its also a really useful skill to tell employers that you have developed.
Types of Conflict (Massive Open Online Course) MOOCWEB
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. Please can this be embedded
The Power of Introverts - TED TalksWEB
This online course developed by ACAS offers practical and useful ideas of how you can manage conflict and deal with situations of conflict in the workplace. You will need to create a user account to use these resources but don’t worry it is a quick process! Click here to take part.
Conflict Management courseWEB
Attend a Conflict Management workshop at Leeds University Union.
“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere”. - Lee Lacocca
This module looks at why communication is a key skill to have as a LUU volunteer, it includes listening and questioning skills as well as non-verbal communication such as eye-contact, body language, pace and tone of voice. The work here won’t take you very long (approx 2 hours) as we want you to do all the talking! The aim of the communication skills module is to understand the importance of communicating effectively. It will develop your presentation skills so you can confidently communicate ideas with others and it will focus on developing skills in listening and providing constructive feedback to other members.
Become a better listening - TED TalksWEBA Useful Guide to Listening Communication skills - the basicsWEBHow to Communicate Effectively
A good presentation needs good preparation and confidence. Today presentation skills are required in almost every field. Whether you are a student, finding work, or starting a business at some stage you will be asked to give a presentation.
Presentation SkillsWEBThe secret to great public speaking - TED TalksWEBYour body langauge shapes who you are - TED Talks WEB
Presentation Planning WEB
Introduction to Public Speaking - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 5 weeks
You'll learn how organise talks clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures.
There will be times when you have to have that difficult conversation .Do you have the ability to be able to talk about very sensitive and emotive issues? Can you turn a toxic conversation into an amicable one ?
When difficult conversations turn toxic, it's often because we've made a key mistake: You can defeat it, with strategy and skill. ...Remember that you and your counterpart are both dealing with this ambiguity.
"Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we." Anonymous
When we work together as a team we can move mountains. We want all our teams at LUU to be high performing teams so that we can deliver outstanding results. Team work relies on all members of the team embracing good practice so no matter who you are there will be something for you in this sections resources.
A Guide to TeamworkWEBGuide to Managing Teams
Team Management IdeasWhat Motivates Us
“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” – Jimmy Wales, founder, Wikipedia
In your voluntary role at LUU its really important that you communicate digitally with other students. Employers are also looking for graduates who possess high levels of digital ability. This means the ability to use digital systems, explore new technology and think digitally in all that you do. This module will take you around 5 hours to complete. There are e learning sessions to sign up to and some reading to complete.
The aim of the digital skills module is to become ‘tech savvy’, to utilise tools such as Microsoft Excel and understand the importance of protecting sensitive information. It will also teach you how to behave online professionally and efficiently and improve professional networks which will help you connect with potential employers and businesses.
Most employers would expect graduates to have basic IT skills. This module will take you through the basics and develop the skills you may have further.
This module will be regularly updated to keep ahead of digital developments, so check back often for new material.
Microsoft Office - Video Tutorials - Time varies
Feeling baffled by Office 2013? These handy video tutorials will help you learn about how each of the programmes work and allow you to learn new skills to be more effective than ever. Most of them only take between 5 and 10 minutes to go through and you can use them to learn a skill from scratch or as a reminder if you need them.
Access them all here or go to a specific skill using the links below.
Learn to write code - Code Academy - Time Varies
Sign up to a free course on Code academy and interactively learn to code, not sure if it is for you? There are loads of testimonials on the site telling you how users like yourself have used the site to learn new skills no matter what their starting ability.
Take an Online course about online stuff - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Want to learn more about Social media? Analytics of data? The limits and potential of our children using data? The anthropology of social media? There are loads of opportunities when you look on Future Learn. You sign up for a free account and you take free courses at your own pace from recognised UK universities and colleges.
“It’s not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, its the one that is the most adaptable to change” Charles Darwin
This module will take you around 5 hours to complete. As a volunteer you will need to adapt your style to work with a diverse range of people. Employers are also looking for graduates who are able to adapt to change and be more flexible. The ability to cope with change is extremely important in the workplace or whilst studying. Situations can change extremely quickly, and if individuals cannot adapt quickly, they are likely to be left behind.
The aim of this module is to develop your ability to react and diversify your approach dealing with a range of different people and circumstances. It will improve your ability to handle difficult situations in a calm and effective manner. Life at times will be tough when you’re juggling your studies and other activities, so this skill will be essential for helping you to maintain a healthy mind and body and will equip you with useful tools to transfer into your future career.
Complete a Performance Management and Managing People Online course - These online courses developed by ACAS offer practical and useful ideas of how you can manage people to achieve SMART objectives and achieve their goals. You will need to create a user account to use these resources but don’t worry it is a quick process!
Mental wellbeing is a state in which we are able to realise our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life and work productively and fruitfully. Personal resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and sustain performance in times of change.
Being Healthy in the workplace guide PDFDe-Stress you guide PDFOvercoming Anxiety guide PDFWork Life Balance Guide PDFRandom acts of KindnessWEBThe Happy Secret to Better WorkWEB
“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” Catherine Pulsifer
Diversity works as a partner to equality, and means that difference between people is respected, celebrated & utilised as part the culture. At LUU this means we will ask every member of our student and staff community to respect all others, know their own rights and recognise their own role and responsibilities to ensure this is possible.
Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 4 weeks
Delivered by Common Purpose, this free MOOC is delivered in 4 weekly instalments. You will be E-mailed new course content each week that you can do at any time you like. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the ability to cross divides – whether country, generation, gender, sector or background – and the thrive in multiple cultures. Developing your CQ will enable you to work with people who are different from you, and lead effectively in LUU or give you the skills for the future.
Intercultural Communication - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - 5 weeks
Delivered by Shanghai International Studies University, this free MOOC (Massive open online course) will take you 5 weeks to complete. You will be E-mailed new course content each week that you can do at any time you like. Learn to appreciate, adjust to and work or study in different cultures with this free online intercultural communication course.
British Sign Language - Website Resource
The British Sign Language (BSL) website has an online dictionary where you can learn how to sign words or letters, check it out here. We also have a sign language society who meet weekly and whom all staff can join to learn a new skill, find out more information here.
Disability and a Goodlife: Working with Disability - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - 6 weeks
What does it mean to work with a disability in a way that enables a goodlife for ourselves and others? What are some of the big issues facing societies, govrtnments and disabled people? You will engage with different approaches to disability by examining the concepts of inclusion, access and support. At the end of the course you will be challenged to consider how you will work with disability to enable a good life for all.
Blogs and Vlogs by Gem Turner
Gem was the Equality and Diversity Officer at LUU from 2014 - 2016 read her witty blog on Style and Disability or watch her super sassy you tube channel as she talks about Fashion and Disability here.
Transgender - Ted Talks - 4 - 21 mins
A collection of TED talks (and more) on the topic of Transgender. Great to learn some new things, challenge your existing ideas and open up to some great ideas that are worth spreading.
Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - 4 weeks
Islam is the second largest religion in the world today and yet general knowledge of Muslims and their faith can be poor. Develop your understanding of Muslims and their faith through an exploration of communities in Britain.
Religion or belief in the workplace - Online Course 1.5 hours
Join ACAS on this online course to learn about Religion or Belief in the workplace. This is a great starting point for anyone wanting to learn about the subject of Religion or belief.
Learn about Religions - Briefings 5 mins
These staff briefings from the university give an overview of the following religions:
Atheism, Agnosticism and Theisms, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Jainism, Paganism, Shintoism.