What is the Eagle Leadership Program?

Eagle Leadership Program (ELP) is a self-directed leadership program that engages interested TAMUT students in personal growth and development over the course of their time at A&M-Texarkana. Through active participation, students are critically engaged in various co-curricular activities, allowing them to challenge the conventional norms about what it means to be a leader in our ever-evolving society. Over their time at TAMUT, students will develop a personal narrative that reflects their cumulative leadership experiences, allowing them to articulate their growth and development in their pursuits for life after A&M-Texarkana.

ELP is based on the Relationship Leadership Model developed by Susan R. Komives, Nance Lucas and Timothy R. McMahon in their book, "Exploring Leadership for College Students Who Want to Make a Difference."

How it Works

Leadership Coaches are faculty or staff members on campus in a variety of roles but are all committed to supporting and encouraging students along their journey of leadership development.  Coaches help students make meaning of their involvement at TAMUT and assist students in pursuing intentional growth opportunities.

Students participating in the ELP will periodically meet with a coach.  This will generally be whenever a student completes one of the four stages of the program.  The coach will help students reflect on their leadership development and provide guidance for their progress.

The Four Stages of Eagle Leadership

Click each stage to learn more:

Stage 1 - Explore Intentionally

  • Attend an event with the tag "Get Involved"
  • Join at least one student club, organization, or group on campus, EagleSync.
  • Attend workshop on Relational Leadership Model
  • Involve yourself in leadership workshops on the following topics:
    • Relational Leadership
    • Self-Awareness
    • Purpose
    • Inclusivity
    • Empowerment
    • Ethics
    • Process
  • Write a short reflection piece on each leadership workshop attended
  • Meet with a leadership coach after attending required leadership summit workshop

Stage 2 - Experiment Purposefully

  • Hold a leadership roles in a group or activity, which could include involvement in clubs, campus jobs, ambassador programs, community service programs, or one of the many other activities at TAMUT.  There are also opportunities to apply for credit for this experience using roles in off campus community groups, leadership opportunities, and more!
  • Write a reflection piece for each of these experiences
  • Meet with leadership coach to reflect on your experiences and set goals for future development

Stage 3 - Engage Passionately

  • Identify leadership development goals and write an action plan to engage in a substantial leadership learning experience
  • Review plan with your leadership coach
  • Present plan to other student leadership participants for peer feedback
  • Revise and submit an action plan to your leadership coach for final approval to proceed
  • Execute plan, using leadership coach for reflection throughout plan
  • Evaluate leadership experience and present findings and learning to peers

Stage 4 - Integrate Holistically

  • Weave your experiences of leadership at A&M-Texarkana into a personal narrative
    • Review your previous reflections
    • Situate your leadership as part of the Relational Leadership Model
    • Articulate what leadership after TAMUT means for you
    • Set goals for your life after TAMUT
  • Present your leadership narrative to the Leadership Program coaching team

The Finale - Celebrate Joyfully

When you complete all stages of the Eagle Leadership Program, you will be recognized by receiving an Eagle Leadership Program Award at the spring Student Leadership Recognition Luncheon.

We will also be able to honor all award recipients at graduation with a special leadership cord to wear at graduation.