The Leadership Studies minor is based on the concept that underlies the Elon Experiences and is at the heart of an Elon education: active and engaged learning. The study of leadership must be an effective marriage of content and process; this minor is designed to provide both. It is built on the strength and expertise of Elon’s faculty and is designed to expose students to theories and practices of leadership across disciplinary boundaries, shape their definition of leadership so that they understand it occurs at the interchange of vision and action, teach them the importance of vision being informed by values, provide them with practical skills in the art of working with people and encourage in them an understanding of leadership as a focus of academic inquiry and research.

While it takes  advantage of multiple disciplinary perspectives, the minor also provides a common thread to move students along a continuum from the concept of leadership as holding office or getting people to do what you want them to do, to the understanding that leadership is working with people to move together toward the attainment of a vision informed by the common good.

Regardless of the career or life path a student chooses, he or she will always have the opportunity to engage in a significant leadership role. Whether having formal or informal responsibility for helping an organization achieve its goals, he or she will be in a position to lead and shape the direction of others. Effective leadership cuts across all disciplines and levels, and the Leadership Studies minor provides a solid academic, theoretical and practical vehicle to prepare students for these key roles.


Leadership Fellows journey to Deep South to learn civil rights history

Visits to Birmingham, Selma and Atlanta culminated with Elon students meeting Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader, and King III's wife, Arndrea Waters King.

Seven faculty members named Leadership Scholars

Seven professors and instructors from across campus have been selected 2015-16 Leadership Faculty Scholars. 

I Am Elon with Steven Armendariz ’17

As a first-generation college student, the political science major is fully embracing Elon and the opportunities it provides him.

Six seniors receive Fulbright awards

The Class of 2014 is sending more scholars overseas next year with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants than any previous class in Elon University history.

CELEBRATE! Profile: Mat Goldberg '14

A psychology major recently awarded a Fulbright to teach English in South Korea researched the emerging theory of authentic leadership by surveying two very different groups of people.

Retired Air Force brigadier general: 'Vulnerability can end up a strength'

Dana H. Born, the first woman to be presidentially appointed to lead faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy, visited Elon on Feb. 11, 2014, to offer leadership lessons through class visits and an evening talk.

Leupold and Dirienzo present at national leadership conference

Chris Leupold, associate professor of psychology and Faculty Leadership Fellow, and Casey Dirienzo, associate professor of economics and associate dean of the Love School of Business, delivered a presentation at the Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference July 6-10 in New Orleans, La.

Elon research highlighted in special issue on leadership integrity

Two separate papers by Elon faculty were recently published in a special issue of Leadership Quarterly (volume 24, issue 3), one of the premier academic journals for leadership research. The issue’s theme was leadership integrity.

Leupold and team present leadership integrity research at international conference

Chris Leupold, associate professor of psychology and Faculty Leadership Fellow, was part of a research team that recently presented two research papers at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial/Organizational  Psychology (SIOP).