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Our Approach to Leadership

"Leadership is influence, nothing more - nothing less." ~John Maxwell

The Leadership Center believes that leadership begins with a leader who possesses influence and self-awareness. Leadership is a process towards which a leader and followers pursue a path towards a common purpose or goal. An effective leader lives a life dedicated to service and is an ethical role model for others. Once a leader can truly understand and is achieving this, he or she will become a global-minded, diverse citizen who will have a positive influence towards affecting change in our communities. 

The Leadership Center’s programs are guided by several leadership theories and models. A few are listed below.

The Relational Model is the primary model that guides the work of our Center.

  • A central tenet of this model is that relationships are the key to leadership effectiveness.
  • Relational Leadership is the process of people working together toward a common purpose to make an impact or achieve change that benefits an organization or community.
  • The relational leader strives to embody the 5 characteristics listed below. And we have adopted these as the core values of The Leadership Center:
    • Ethical
    • Purposeful
    • Process-Oriented
    • Inclusive
    • Empowering

The Social Change Model serves as a supporting model which reflects our commitment to placing servant leadership in some context. We believe that leadership should be for positive change.

  • A central tenet of this model is that leadership should be focused on making change that results in a better world and a better society for self and others.
  • For positive social change to occur, leadership must occur at three levels: individual, group and community.