We believe that:
- All people are capable of effecting positive change. Creating change of any kind can be made by people with or without a formal position.
- Leadership and followership are required when change is necessary.
- ‘Walking the talk’ of diversity and inclusiveness increases the probability of success when it is a purposeful component of an overall organizational strategy. Diversity is a competitive advantage.
- Becoming a leader requires profound self-examination, critical reflection, and practice throughout a career and lifetime. Yet, effective leaders understand that leading is about the followers and stakeholders, not the leader. Genuine humility is characteristic of many effective leaders.
- Effective change makers are passionate about the subject or focus of their leadership. That passion is often expressed in part through an extraordinary work ethic and discipline in achieving goals.
- In addition to passion and discipline, our program cultivates competent, confident, and conscientious citizens.
- Good leaders and followers have strongly held positive values and beliefs. Ethical standards and behaviors to match those values should be visible publicly and privately.
- We are all socially constructed people influenced by systems, individuals and events, both good and bad. To make sense of these elements requires systematic study, research, and ongoing reflective critique.
- People come in all shapes, sizes and shades and often become influencers by the simple act of stepping forward and saying, “I’ll do that.”
- Quality, compassion, inclusion, respect, and humility are the are essential expectations for faculty, staff, students, and partners associated with the WVU Leadership Studies Program.