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Leadership Development Strategies

Leadership Development Strategies at Messiah

Leadership development has been the focus of higher education since the inception of colleges and universities. The mission of many of the world’s first institutions was to prepare political, social, ministry and professional leaders. While the commitment to leadership development has remained strong, there are multiple models, theories, and definitions concerning leadership and leadership development. One of the questions facing many colleges and universities is how students develop as leaders.

Leadership development efforts occur in many contexts at Messiah University. We reject the notion of leading by the elite and aim to create and sustain an environment characterized by leadership capable by all. These efforts include learning about historical and contemporary leaders and leadership theories and ideas. They also include character formation and personal growth opportunities because we believe that leadership development, character, and spiritual formation cannot be separated. In addition, we provide opportunities for students to improve on the skills and abilities that are often associated with effective leaders. Examples include communication skills, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills. Finally, we recognize outstanding leaders and leadership. Publicly affirming individuals encourages further work on the part of the recipients, and inspires others to follow the recipient’s example. Below is a sampling of our leadership development strategies.

Common Learning & Identity as Leaders

Personalized Mentoring Strategy

  1. Provide a challenging setting for students to practice leadership where they…
  2. Receive 360-degree feedback from which they develop …
  3. A growth plan with two to three goals targeting leadership development which is supported by …
  4. Regular mentoring/accountability from a dedicated advisor who also helps them to …
  5. Transfer the growth and learning in leadership to other settings and areas of their life.

Common Celebration of Growth & Learning

  • End-of-Year Leadership Appreciation & Recognition Ceremony

The following areas are some of the intentional ways that the University is developing Christ-like leaders: