Lunch and Learn Leadership Series

The Lunch and Learn Leadership Series allows students the opportunity to learn more about special leadership topics. Student input helps guide topic selection every semester. Past leadership topics have included Work-Life Balance, Social Change Model of Leadership, Public Speaking, and Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

In Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity―principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. The 7 Habits are powerful lessons in personal change, and are shown below:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek first to understand, Then to be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen Your Saw 


Last Academic year we offered 3 different topics: 

  • Fundraising for your Organization

Successful fundraising can help provide your organization with the operating funds needed to carry out its mission or activity.

Organizing and successfully executing fundraising activities can contribute important skills and real-life experience for student resumes.  Successful event planning demonstrates and requires:

            Time Management                              Commitment
            Budget Management                          Attention to Detail
            Creative Thinking                                Sales Ability
            Tenacity/Follow-through                    Planning
            Ability to Work in Groups to Achieve a Common Goal

Your organization’s leadership should ideally meet in advance of, or at the very beginning of, the academic year in order to begin planning for a successful year of activity.  Fundraising requires lead-time and planning. 

Some of the traditional methods of fundraising include Sponsorships & Gifts, Raffles, and Special Events.  People new to fundraising may not be aware of State of Michigan laws and University policies that guide fundraising. 


  • Conflict Resolution 

Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship. After all, two people can’t be expected to agree on everything, all the time. Learning how to deal with conflict rather than avoiding the confliction is crucial. When conflict is mismanaged, the relationship between the two people can cause great harm. If the conflict is managed in a respectful, and positive way the conflict provides an opportunity to strengthen the bond between the two people.

By learning how to control your emotions, mastering the difficulty of communicating with each other, telling each other’s story with respect for each viewpoint and moving towards a healthy resolution, you can strengthen your personal and professional relationships. 


  • Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is an ancient philosophy of leading others but being able to care for them, serve them, seek inclusivity and focusing on changes. Robert K. Greenleaf describes servant leadership as being a philosophy and set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. You’re a servant first then you make a conscious choice to aspire to lead.

This series shows you what it means to be a servant leader, developing your leadership identity as well as the different relationship and social leadership roles.

Serving the team + caring for team members + seeking inclusivity + focus on narrow and broad change = Servant Leadership

“The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware. Next comes one whom they love and praise. Next comes one whom they fear. Next comes one whom they despise and defy”- Lao-Tzu


For more information, please contact us in the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership located in 361 UCEN. (810)762-3431.