Through formal and informal positions, everyone can be a leader. Students leverage the strengths of community to reach common goals and use interpersonal skills for coaching and development. Through a process of learning and applying skills, students can accomplish measurable and meaningful change.
We believe that leadership can be learned through reflective experience and must be practiced to achieve competency and excellence.
Our programs are informed by:
- The Social Change Model of leadership, developed by the National Clearinghouse on Leadership Programs http://nclp.umd.edu/resources/social_change_model
- The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education www.cas.edu/standards
- Evaluating leadership outcomes for our students specifically by participating in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership www.leadershipstudy.net/about/#about-msl on a triennial schedule since its inception in 2006
- Our University Values https://www.rochester.edu/aboutus/values:meliora, equity, leadership, integrity, openness, respect, and accountability.
We adhere to the research and philosophy that leadership is:
- A process
- Based on Values
- Non Positional
- About Change
- A behavior that can be practiced and learned
- Shared and situational: leaders and followers can often trade places
- Action that is induced through the ownership of a shared vision