Leadership Development and Civic Engagement

Leadership Explored


Leadership is a process that intersects self-awareness, environment management, social justice, and wellness.

Leadership can be demonstrated through position, attributes, situation, and/or followership.

Leadership is not limited to:

  • Positional leadership implies power to guide others due to a title or role
  • Example: President of Organization, Chair of Philanthropy, Director, etc.


  • Assertiveness, Change agent, Decisiveness, Empathy, Influence, Initiative, Open to feedback, Optimism, Self-Discipline, and Self-Control
  • Example: Jalen provides and welcomes feedback in his student organization group without feeling threatened or opposed to differing perspectives.

Individuals interact daily and make decisions based on their values and beliefs. These values and beliefs impact the leadership style a person may engage. Examples of leadership styles include:

“Both leaders and followers raise each other to higher ethical aspirations and conduct.” Persons lead primarily with the focus of shared learning interactions based in equity, peace, and freedom.

Persons with a high level of self-awareness who lead transparently based on their values and convictions.

Persons placing the needs of others and the organization above self. Style ultimately seeks to uplift others and the mission.

Persons operates fluidly within high levels of change or unforeseen circumstances. “Person is comfortable with ambiguity, yet possesses clear and direct goals.”