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More on Leadership

There are many leadership theories and models out there today. Residence Life follows a general model based on the workings of Kouzes and Posner, authors of numerous books and the Leadership Profile Inventory (LPI)—a leadership self-assessment offered by the Office of Student Life. The LPI is a great way for leaders, young and old, to take a look at their self-perceived practices relating to leadership.

In The Five Practices of Effective Leaders (2003), Kouzes and Posner speak of the behaviors and habits that highly successful leaders implement on a consistent basis. These habits fall within five categories:

  • Model the way
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Challenge the process
  • Enable others to act
  • Encourage the heart

In Kouzes and Posner’s The Leadership Challenge (2003), they found that when leaders engage in the Five Practices, they:

  • Are more effective at meeting job related demands
  • Create higher performing teams
  • Foster loyalty and commitment
  • Increase motivation levels and willingness to work hard
  • Promote higher levels of involvement in their organizations
  • Possess high degrees of personal credibility
  • Are more satisfied with the leader’s actions and strategies
  • Feel more committed, energized, influential and powerful

We will work collaboratively with you to foster your student involvement and leadership development by creating involvement and training opportunities and development for current and emerging leaders.

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