Safari Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Leadership Safari Work? 
Each conference participant will be assigned to a small group of 10 to 13 people called the Safari Team. The Safari Team is the center of all the action that takes place during the conference. Each Safari Team is directed by a Safari Guide who is an experienced Central Michigan University leader. The guide will help participants tie together what they learn during the two main parts of the Leadership Safari Conference.

Our conference focuses on leading with character, integrity and citizenship. Participants will discuss such topics as ethical decision making, respecting and benefiting from the world’s diversity, caring for those you lead, and being an active and involved community member.

The conference has two main components:
Speaker Showcase: Each day new speakers will discuss and share themes that are based on or connected to leadership development.

Safari Teamwork: Each day participants will spend time within their small groups. Safari guides will lead further discussion on themes discussed by major speakers, facilitate leadership development and team building activities.

Beyond these planned activities, participants can also look forward to other social events such as catching a movie on the big screen and closing night activities which include a rock climbing wall and a dance party.

Conference Purpose
The ultimate goal for Leadership Safari™ participants is that you walk away from the experience with these four items:

1) An understanding of how to get involved on campus.
2) New ideas to help you with your leadership development.
3) A base of new people to use as resources during the academic year.
4) Great times, fun memories and new friends!

The traits of an effective leader
CMU defines effective leadership in the following ways:

  1. Ability to communicate with a variety of audiences
  2. Ability to listen to all sides of an issue before making an informed decision
  3. Ability to build teams, empower others, and share responsibility
  4. Ability to try new ideas, encourage creativity and make leaders out of others
  5. Ability to accept responsibility when things go wrong
  6. Ability to spread the credit when things go right
  7. Ability to digest large amounts of information
  8. Ability to make important decisions in a timely manner
  9. Ability to “connect” with people
  10. Ability to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity
  11. Ability to treat others with respect and dignity
  12. Ability to recognize others


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