The First Annual SPSU Student Leadership Conference
The Elephant in the Room: Seeing and Knowing Leadership
Friday, March 22, 2013, Student Center at Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia
The story of the blind men and the elephant is a common story all over the world. The tale often features six blind men who encounter an elephant and who hope to define its characteristics. Each man feels a different part of the elephant and describes it. The man who touches the tail feels as though an elephant is like a rope. The man who touches the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch, and so on.
The metaphor of the blind men and the elephant can be used for how we “see” the abstract term “leadership” as well. We all know what “leadership” means. We often know a “leader” when we see one. However, each field of study, each performing art, each governing entity, each societal entity never seems to “see” the exact same thing when they see a leader or leadership in action.
Proposals for this conference should address how one knows or sees leadership as it concerns any of the following:
- Popular Culture
- The Sports World
- The Business World
- The Political World
- A Field of Study
- Greek life, SGA, Clubs, Academic Teams, and Associations
Proposals may also concern issues related to leadership that deal with the following:
- Organizational Leadership
- Team Building
- Servant Leadership
- Communication Issues
- Mission or Vision Statements Used by Leaders
Submission: SPSU Students interested in submitting a proposal should fill out the Session Proposal Form. If you have questions, contact Kevin Schwemmin: kschwemm@spsu by February 20, 2013. Students should hear back concerning acceptance by March 1, 2013.
The committee is seeking proposals in the following categories:
- Individual Papers
- Panel Presentations
- Round Table Discussions
- Video Presentations
- Poster Presentations
Complete details and further information about each of the sessions are available on the proposal guidelines page.