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About the Program

The mission of the Leadership Studies Program is to educate the minds and hearts of those who practice leadership. The program will make a significant and unique contribution to the study and practice of leadership through its integration of principles and theories of leadership with the transforming nature and the moral authority of Christ. Students will acquire knowledge and skills informed by the emerging and related collaborative and transforming leadership theories. The program teaches a perspective on world need that is broad, inclusive and empathetic.

Knowledge

Students who complete the leadership studies program will do the following:

  • Develop knowledge of the evolution of the theories of leadership and management as well as theories that inform various practices of leadership, e.g. conflict management.
  • Be able to understand, in different kinds of leadership situations, how to choose appropriate situational leadership styles, and understand the basic leadership theory that informs their practice of leadership.
  • Understand how complexity theory and chaos theory inform their analysis of organizations.
  • Understand the differences between transactional and transforming leadership and the benefits of each in different kinds of leadership and organizational settings.
  • Learn how to develop and present a comprehensive project proposal. • Explore the relationship of leadership to service by participating in local and global service projects.
  • Have appreciation and knowledge of both the breadth and the depth of contemporary and classical leadership literature.

Skills

Students who complete the leadership studies program will gain skills and competence in the following areas:

  • Moral reasoning
  • Leading change
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Conflict-resolution skills
  • Human motivation
  • Organizational behavior
  • Communications issues
  • Servant-leadership
  • Ethical practices in leadership
  • Participation on leadership teams