LEAD Definitions


Capstone Leadership Program: A program designed to help you transfer the skills you have learned here at the college to your future life. This is given to those who complete the Harvey Delaney Leadership Institute or who have done an independent leadership project APPROVED IN ADVANCE.

Diversity Program: A program that articulates the advantages and challenges of a diverse society; combats stereotypes and oversimplification of characteristics of identity groups; explores privilege and power; develops participants’ understanding
of their own multi-faceted identities; educates on appropriately challenging abusive use of stereotypes by others; creates understanding of the impact of prejudice and diversity on one’s own society; and/or promotes taking the perspective of another
to facilitate understanding.

Experiential Leadership: Holding a position where you must apply the leadership skills you have, that is, holding a leadership position in an organization, team, or campus-wide committee. This will be granted after you have completed at least one full semester (as shown on your organization's roster) in a leadership role AND you have completed the Experiential Leadership Assessment. If you serve for an entire year, you will receive two credits (you only need to do the assessment once). You may only get two credits per organization. Requirements:

  • At least a full semester or season in approved leadership role
  • Active participation in group decisions
  • Attend enough meetings to be considered in good standing in organization/group/staff
  • Assist with programs/events planned
  • Follow through with tasks assigned and/or listed in job description
  • Growing and/or good time management skills (balance with academics, personal, activities)
  • Able to communicate ideas to group in a productive manner
  • Able to or working on handling conflict in productive manner
  • Able to take on both active and passive leadership roles in group
  • Open to feedback about personal/leadership growth
  • Able to or working on presentation and/or planning programs
  • Not receiving an hourly wage, service hours, or class credit for the position

Foundations of Leadership: A program designed to provide you with general knowledge on leadership. Covering issues such as:

  • Historical perspectives and evaluation of leadership theory
  • Theoretical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of leadership of several cultures
  • Cultural and gender influences on leadership
  • Ethical practices in leadership
  • Moral leadership
  • Leadership and followership

Leadership Outcomes (LOs): Intentional educational goals established for a program. To complete the entire leadership pyramid, you must attend programs that are intended to fulfill all fourteen outcomes. For the list with descriptions of the LOs,
click here.

Organizational Development: A program designed to provide you with general knowledge on organizational development. Covering issues such as:

  • Team building
  • Shared leadership
  • Group dynamics and development
  • Organizational communication
  • Group problem-solving and decision making models
  • planning
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Methods of assessing and evaluating organizational effectiveness
  • Organizational culture, values and principles
  • Community development
  • Power and empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Developing trust
  • Organizational politics
  • Leadership in diverse organizations

Participation: Involvement in an organization, team, or campus-wide committee. Participation credit does not apply to hourly paid positions or to credit bearing positions. It does apply to SA clubs, honor societies, Greek Life, community groups, athletic teams, and much more. To receive this credit, complete the participation reflection under Curriculum Progress. You may only recieve participation credit once per organization.

Personal Development: A program designed to provide you with general knowledge
on your growth as a person. Covering issues such as:

  • Awareness and understanding of various leadership styles and approaches
  • Exploration and designing of personal leadership approaches
  • Human development theories
  • The intersections of human development theories, sexual orientation, national origin, and environment
  • Personal management issues such as time management, stress reduction, development of relationships, problem solving, goal setting, and ethical decision-making
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Risk taking
  • Creativity
  • Wellness lifestyle development
  • Supervision
  • Motivation