2020-2021 Center for Leadership Department Goals

  • Strengthen and deepen the co-curricular leadership experience and expand Center for Leadership
    program offerings for Emerging Leaders.
  • Continue to develop the co-curricular leadership development program for the Isabella Cannon
    Leadership Fellows. Create intentional programming that is more purposeful and deepens the
    experience for participants. The curriculum will also advance the learning of the Leadership Studies Minor.
  • Build a learning framework around the intersection of Leadership Development & Diversity Education. Infuse learning into existing and new programs designed to support students’ understanding of inclusive excellence as a way of leading.
  • Increase student completion of the Leadership ELR by infusing workbook elements into existing
    leader training experiences, develop a guide for common good projects and initiatives and expanding campus outreach.


Center for Leadership programs help students develop the competencies they need to become effective leaders. Below are the competencies and subsequent learning outcomes.

Exploring Personal Foundations for Leadership

  • Understand personal skills and styles
  • Apply personal values, passions, and interests
  • Articulate personalized leadership definition

Establishing One’s Self as an Authentic Leader

  • Model ethical behavior and integrity
  • Maintain congruence
  • Take responsibility for personal behavior
  • Project confidence

Continuing Growth as a Leader

  • Seek out and leverage feedback
  • Demonstrate flexibility
  • Exhibit resiliency
  • Determine personal balance and well being
  • Develop mentor/mentee relationships
  • Foster self development

Incorporating Social Justice Values into Demonstrated Leadership

  • Practice civic responsibility
  • Gain global and cultural awareness
  • Recognize personal privileges and privileges of various social identities
  • Understand power, power dynamics, and oppression
  • Embrace diversity and inclusion

Leading in the Interpersonal Context

  • Respond to group dynamics
  • Communicate effectively
  • Value others’ perspectives
  • Demonstrate empathy
  • Promote collaboration and consensus
  • Negotiate persuasively
  • Utilize civility during controversy
  • Inspire and empower others
  • Develop others’ leadership capabilities

Effecting Organizational and Systemic Change

  • Establish a common purpose
  • Articulate a vision and mission
  • Understand and react to contextual influences
  • Analyze organizational behavior
  • Cultivate innovation and risk-taking
  • Drive and sustain growth

Managing Change Processes and Systems

  • Set meaningful goals
  • Plan and organize
  • Manage processes and execution
  • Monitor progress
  • Synthesize information
  • Make sound decisions