Leaderlabs and Group Action Learning Activities (GALAs) are experiential learning exercises designed to engaged students’ leadership behaviors, skills, and values. Generally speaking, students work together as groups on a problem that can only be solved through a cooperative dialogue. The desired outcome of these activities is to cause students to put leadership theory and behaviors from the classroom into practice: praxis.
One example of a Leaderlab we carry out is a SimSoc–Simulated Society. In this simulation students are divided into different societies, which have exceedingly different cultures– standards of behavior, values, skills, modes of communication, and structure. Students are then tasked with bridging the cultural gap with innovative techniques, testing their leadership–the ability to influence others with or without authority.