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Leadership Development


We understand leadership as a collaborative process through which individuals create change in their communities, whether or not they hold a position of authority. Leadership can be learned through reflective experience, and must be practiced to achieve competency and excellence.

Being a leader means:

  • Investing in an area of interest and/or concern
  • Understanding your values, passions, and talents
  • Developing skills to become effective at what you do
  • Having a willingness to take action and becoming engaged 

Underlying these aspects of leadership at Rochester are our communal principles: fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. These are the shared values that form the pillars of undergraduate student life, and they are infused throughout our leadership programs.