Knights LEAD

At MGA, we build leaders who will make an impact at the university, in their communities, and in their careers.   First-year students who join Knights LEAD develop the skills that will make them competitive for internships, campus leadership roles, and academic honors.  In the fall, members of Knights LEAD participate in engaging team-based leadership roleplays where they can apply their skills to practical situations and build relationships with their peers.  Students who complete the fall sessions are rewarded with a corporate tour where they can see how a large corporation puts leadership into practice and what future career paths are available to them.  Students also get to attend the Student Leadership Conference, compete in the MGA Leadership Challenge, and serve with others during Leadership & Service Day.  This program is offered in Cochran and Macon and includes both residential and commuter students.  Residential students in the program benefit from attending sessions in their residence hall and participating in additional programming facilitated by the Residential Leadership Coaches who also serve as RAs on their floor. 

Upon completion of Knights LEAD, students receive a certificate and graduate to the Emerging Leaders Program.  Students who complete both programs will be eligible for a graduation cord.  Students who continue to participate in the Student Leadership Programs for a third year and beyond will be listed on a perpetual plaque located in the Center for Career & Leadership Development.

We believe that all students have the capacity to learn leadership skills and apply these skills in every situation they encounter. Leadership isn't just for those elected to executive board positions or those who supervise others at work. Leadership is for everyone and starts with the relationships you build with others (Kousez & Posner, 2013).

As a member of Knights LEAD, you will receive a faculty/staff mentor, service opportunities, leadership training, immediate access to career advising, guidance on accessing MGA resources, and the opportunity to make life-long friends.

Students who apply for Fall 2024 and plan to live on campus may also select to be a part of the Knights LEAD Living Learning Community (LLC) on the Macon or Cochran campuses where you would receive additional programming opportunities related to leadership. To participate in the Knights LEAD LLC, be sure to complete your housing application by July 22 and indicate your interest in Knights LEAD.  

How to Join Knights LEAD
Registration for Fall 2024/Spring 2025 cohorts (groups) for Knights LEAD Macon and Cochran is now open!  To apply, we do ask that you be admitted to MGA and be committed to attending in Fall 2024. Please click the link below to access the application.  Knights LEAD is a full-year program open to any first-year student at MGA.

KNIGHTS LEAD FALL 2024/SPRING 2025 Registration. PRIORITY DEADLINE: JULY 22; REGULAR DEADLINE: AUGUST 11                                                          

Knights LEAD Kick-Off Meeting: Knights LEAD begins in the fall with Kick-Off Meetings in Macon and Cochran where you get to meet your peers, your faculty/staff mentor, and the leadership coordinator. You will also get your Leadership t-shirt, and learn what it means to be an MGA Knight. The Fall 2024 Kick-Off Meetings will be scheduled in August.  If you applied, check your email in August for an invitation. 

Mentors: Students who attend the first Kick-Off Orientation Meeting will be assigned a faculty/staff mentor and an iLEAD Peer Educator mentor. Mentors are there to answer questions, provide advice about college, and be another connection at the university.  

Service Opportunities: Students in Knights LEAD participate in service projects in the fall and spring, including MGA Day of Service in September.   

Residential Learning Community: We have communities in Macon and Cochran so that residential students in Knights LEAD can live and learn with other leadership-minded students.  To participate, apply for housing by July 22 and indicate an interest in Knights LEAD then be sure to complete the Knights LEAD application.

Knights LEAD Sessions: Each semester, we host fun, interactive leadership sessions. Learning during the sessions takes place through interactive leadership role playing games and case studies. At the end of the sessions we have conversation about the day's scenario, focused on specific career and leadership competencies we know will be useful to you in your collegiate and personal life but also your professional life.  Yes, we know graduation and your first job are years away, but it's important to begin building those skills early. Plus, these skills will help you if you choose to pursue campus leadership roles. 

To prepare you for your future dream job and other opportunities to lead, we focus on the following career competencies in the program:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

Students who complete Knights LEAD are recognized at our annual recognition event and receive priority consideration for Emerging Leaders.