Leadership is about making a difference wherever you are,
every day. The University of Charleston’s
School of Business and Leadership exists to cultivate leaders who are prepared
to make a difference at all levels. We are shaping a new generation of leaders by
equipping people with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference where
they are, right now. Our cohort-based programs create an encouraging,
supportive learning environment in which people can grow personally and
Organizations and Communities Need Leaders. In our fast-paced and changing world, having
strong leaders to direct our response is critical. Although the actions and
interactions of leaders will vary based on the specific needs of the community
or organization, we believe there is a set of competencies required for all
Leadership can be taught. As we seek to develop and
train leaders, our goal is to impart a set of competencies to provide a solid
foundation for learning. We believe the best way to teach leadership is through
active learning and participation. Leadership education must provide guidance in
ethical and emotional development in addition to adaptive skills for leading
Leadership is primarily relational. Leaders accomplish results
by connecting and cooperating with others. In order to engage people fully,
leaders need to be able to understand and address their varied interests and
motivations. To be most effective, leadership must be dynamic. There is no
single leadership approach that transfers to all situations; leaders adapt
their own personal styles appropriate for the people and organizations with which
University of Charleston
Self with Character. Before leaders can lead others, they must first learn
to lead themselves. Leaders draw on a personal source of energy and cornerstone
of strength to guide their choices and actions in meeting the challenges of
today. Qualities of character and habits of mind ground leaders as they strive
to achieve both their personal goals and the goals of their organization.
Leading self with character includes emotional intelligence, authenticity,
integrity, courage, sense of purpose, resilience, health and well-being, and
Others and Connecting Through Communication. Leaders build relational
connections with others by communicating skillfully, sensing social realities,
and embracing diversity. Leaders build bridges. They value and engage others.
Leaders work to develop others’ capacity, build connections and teams, and
allocate decision making.
for Results with Resource Acumen. Leaders shape the environment of the enterprise
through design and stewardship of the organization’s resources. Leaders create
a culture and environment in which members achieve meaningful results. Leaders
operate with a systems perspective, design dynamic systems, achieve results,
capitalize on use of resources, and serve customers and stakeholders.
in a Climate of Change. In a changing world, leaders need to prepare and
adjust while keeping to their organization’s vision. Leaders hold a future
vision, maintain a positive orientation, expand people’s capacity for change, cultivate
environmental awareness, and embrace ambiguity and paradox.
across Boundaries and Building Coalitions. Leaders operate on the edge of
and across boundaries, often in areas in which they have no direct authority.
Leaders recognize the system in which their own organization operates and work
to make boundaries permeable. To accomplish the goal of leading across
boundaries, leaders establish partnerships and alliances, build collaborative
relationships, practice political savvy and the use of power, foster networks,
and create relationships across our globalized world.