Thanks to a generous gift from alumni Sonny & Coleen Phillips, the UNB Varsity Reds and UNB Sport Clubs established the Phillips Sports Leadership Academy in 2016. UNB is one of three U SPORTS schools to offer such a program, in association with the Janssen Sports Leadership Center. The Janssen Center oversees leadership programs at more than 20 universities in Canada and the USA, with notable members such as the University of North Carolina and Boston University.
PHILLIPS SPORTS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY OVERVIEW:
The Phillips Sports Leadership Academy provides an ongoing and integrated approach to leadership development by targeting and training three distinct groups of student-athlete leaders: Emerging Leaders, Veteran Leaders, and Leadership 360. The PSLA distributes the training with multiple modules offered throughout the school year to maximize learning, retention, and application. In addition to the programming, the Leadership Academy provides educational resources including The Team Captain's Leadership Manual and the on-line Team Captain’s Network for all participants to reinforce and extend the learning.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the PSLA offered Emerging Leaders and Veteran Leaders. In 2017-18 and beyond, selected graduates from Veteran Leaders will enter into Leadership 360. Successful student-athletes from Veteran Leaders will be notified in the spring of 2017 about their place in Leadership 360.
Student-athletes must complete the requirements of each level, and/or demonstrate necessary skills to advance to the next level of the Phillips Sports Leadership Academy.
- EMERGING LEADERS 2. VETERAN LEADERS 3. LEADERSHIP 360
PHILLIPS SPORTS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY:
Designed for a select group of “high potential” first and second year student-athletes, the Emerging Leaders program provides prospective leaders with the insights, strategies, and skills necessary to become effective leaders on their team, on campus, and in the community. Through ongoing workshops, interactive exercises, action learning experiences and readings, the year-long Emerging Leaders program provides a strong foundation for student-athletes to develop into effective team leaders. The emphasis of the program at this level is creating effective ‘Leaders by Example’ while setting the stage for ‘Vocal Leadership.’
Emerging Leaders Program Objectives:
• Identify and develop high potential leaders in their first or second years
• Create solid ‘Leaders by Example’ and set the stage for developing ‘Vocal Leaders’
• Build a strong network of peer leaders
• Develop leaders who support and learn from current team captains/leaders (succession planning)
• Teach prospective leaders how to gain respect and develop leadership skills with their peer group
Student-athletes in Emerging Leaders take part in six 90-minute sessions held on a monthly basis, beginning in October. Attendance is required at all sessions.
Emerging Leaders Topics & Schedule:
1: Leadership Introduction – TBD
2: Commitment – TBD
3: Confidence – TBD
4: Composure – TBD
5: Character – TBD
6: Leadership Lessons - TBD
Designed for team captains and veteran student-athlete leaders from all teams, the Veteran Leaders program provides established team leaders with advanced leadership training and support. The program teaches student-athletes the critical team leadership skills and insights necessary to be effective ‘Vocal Leaders’ as they manage and conquer the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of leadership.
In addition to the education, the Veteran Leaders program also provides student-athlete leaders with a strong peer network to lean on and learn from throughout the school year.
Veteran Leaders Program Objectives:
• Encourage established leaders to step up and be ‘Vocal Leaders’ on their teams
• Provide established leaders with ongoing support as they tackle tough issues of team leadership
• Provide established leaders with a solid peer network for guidance and support
• Review and extend the insights and skills necessary to be a responsible and respected leader
• Establish a solid, cooperative, and ongoing partnership with the coaching staff
Student-athletes in Veteran Leaders take part in six 90-minute sessions held on a monthly basis beginning in October. Attendance is required at all sessions.
Veteran Leaders Topics & Schedule:
1: Vocal Leadership – TBD
2: Enforcer – TBD
3: Team Builder – TBD
4: Coaches Panel – TBD
5: Refocuser – TBD
6: Leadership Lessons – TBD
Phillips Sports Leadership Academy Time Lines
August, September(dates TBD): Program information at Student-Athlete Orientation
September(date TBD): Application & resume due
September(dates TBD): Selection Committee evaluates applications
October(date TBD): Student-athletes notified of successful or unsuccessful selection
Phillips Sport Leadership Academy Contact Information:
If you have additional questions, please contact:
Phillips Sports Leadership Academy Lead Facilitator
Office: BMO Centre
Is there a cost to participate?
No, the Phillips Sport Leadership Academy is free to all participant
Which group will I be placed in?
Emerging Leaders will consist of mainly first & second year student-athletes, but upper year student-athletes will be considered.
Veteran Leaders will consist of third, fourth, & fifth year student-athletes that have demonstrated strong qualities around commitment, confidence, composure & character. Student-athletes that enter into Veteran Leadership should be on a team’s leadership group or be a team captain.
How big are the groups?
Group size will vary, depending on the number of applicants.
What is the attendance policy?
Student-athletes are expected to attend all sessions. If a student-athlete misses a session, the facilitator will contact both the student-athlete and her/his coach.
Attendance Policy: Attendance at all workshops is required. Two unexcused absences will result in the student-athlete being dropped from the program. Before you submit your application, please ensure that you can successfully complete the program. Schedule conflicts such as classes, tests, and games will be considered, but require advance notice.