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Get ahead on Olivet’s leadership path

Posted: Feb 02, 2017


Olivet students have the advantage of a leadership path that could begin before high school ends.

America’s bosses are not entirely happy. They say recent college grads lack skills in leadership, problem-solving and critical thinking.*

Olivet students have the advantage of a leadership path that could begin before high school ends.

Consider these four milestones in the Olivet leadership path:

Summer Leadership Institute. This week of intensive study after junior year in high school equips you to be visionary, live with integrity and gain experience in team development, motivation and persuasion. When you participate, you’re automatically enrolled in LEAD-235: Teambuilding & Leadership, a course in Olivet’s Leadership Studies minor.

Leadership Studies minor. Elect this minor with any major. Goals: highly developed leadership skills along with solid training and character-building.

Master of Organizational Leadership (M.O.L.). Earn this advanced degree in only one additional year after receiving your Olivet bachelor’s degree. Learn to effectively plan, communicate and solve problems in a professional setting.

Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.). Learn to become an exemplary leader in your chosen career field. Current research combines with real-world experience to provide relevant and rigorous learning in a cohort setting. The dissertation is part of this three-year program.

“Olivet goes beyond the skills to develop the person within the crucible of healthy relationships,” says Dr. Jay Martinson, founder of Olivet’s Summer Leadership Institute and director of the Leadership Studies minor. He also serves as chair of Olivet’s Department of Communication and teaches leadership courses for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Want to get started on Olivet’s leadership path? Contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

*Forbes 2016