Rector Eduard Galazhinsky held a meeting with active students and leaders of youth organizations of the university, at the Research Library of Tomsk State University During the event, he presented the project "Leadership University" as a model of educational work in the space of a modern university. This model is expected to give each student a set of tools that will help to form a set of leadership competencies.
- There are two basic approaches to the understanding of leadership - said Eduard Galazhinsky. - The first is based on the understanding of leadership as natural talent. But modern work associated with meta-analysis of leadership features has shown and I also deeply convinced that leadership is a social role that a person is able to master, regardless of personal qualities and temperament. The abilities to take charge and lead people can be consciously developed.
According to the Rector, the university environment must have a rich, saturated variety of resources for those who feel their leadership potential could develop to fully realize their potential.
- I've always wondered why volunteering at universities abroad is so well-developed. Up to 50 percent of students there are involved in social life on a voluntary and free of charge basis - said Eduard Galazhinsky. - The culture of volunteering, when a person takes part in something without waiting for a direct reward, is in my view extremely important. It forms the ability to operate across borders, which increases the value of the graduate in the labor market and allows someone to qualify for management positions.
TSU’s Vice-Rector for Social Affairs emphasized that this third role of the university generates in students the desire to take responsibility for organizing and holding mass events, to realize their creative potential, and to improve their communication skills. The Leadership University should be a unifying platform for caring, enthusiastic, active, and creative young people.
- The project aims to uncover potential leadership qualities in students, - said Sergey Kulizhsky. - After they graduate from the University these skills will be the most demanded. The fact is that employers like good performers, but even more the labor market values professionals with leadership qualities capable of generating non-trivial ideas, putting forward super-tasks and guiding their implementation, and achieving substantial results.