The following philosophy about leadership was adopted by the College of Agriculture faculty on August 25, 2005. These beliefs serve as the foundation for
the Leadership Development Certificate Program.
We believe that all students can and should exercise leadership. Leadership does not require formal authority or position and can be practiced by anyone
interested in making a difference in his/her family, workplace, and community.
Leadership is a process of people working together toward common goals that bring about positive change. The effectiveness of leadership is based on
trusting relationships. Through this exchange, people influence one another’s thoughts and actions. By incorporating the diverse skills and viewpoints of
others, individuals are empowered and group energy is mobilized to pursue collective goals. Decisions are made and actions are taken.
The development of leadership begins with personal initiative and an understanding one’s passions, motivations, strengths, limitations, and personal
values. This also includes an understanding of the ethical nature of leadership as it relates to one’s character and a commitment to act with
trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
This process of self-discovery is ongoing and requires a commitment to lifelong learning through getting involved, reflecting on the experience, and
stretching oneself to meet new challenges. The purpose of leadership development is not only for the benefit of oneself, but also to enable one to be a
more effective leader in addressing important issues that affect oneself and others.
The Leadership Development Certificate Program includes four
general areas of leadership development and 13 specific skill areas. The
faculty expects you to develop at least one skill in each of the four areas
during this program to achieve the Leadership Development Certificate.
1. Personal Leadership Development
Practices ethical behavior
Sustains leadership over time
2. Interpersonal Leadership Development
Enhances communication skills
3. Group and Organizational Leadership Development
4. Community Leadership Development
After you submit a Statement of Intent and a résumé, you will be matched with a faculty or administrative professional staff member to guide and support
you on your leadership journey. S/he will help you identify your leadership goals, connect you with campus resources, and encourage you to stretch yourself
beyond your comfort zone by seeking out new leadership opportunities. The program, however, is yours, and the quality of your learning experiences is up to
- Submit a Statement of Intent
with a résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the Leadership
Skills and Attributes Self-Assessment.
- Contact the coach who has been assigned to you. You are expected
to meet regularly each semester with your coach to review your leadership
- Complete a Personal Development Plan, review it with your
coach, and submit it to email@example.com.
- Earn five points to receive a badge in personal leadership development.
- Earn five points to receive a badge in interpersonal leadership development.
- Earn five points to receive a badge in group/organizational leadership development.
- Earn five points to receive a badge in community leadership development.
- Write reflection papers on each leadership activity.
- Write a reflection paper on each badge earned.
- Develop a portfolio that documents your progress on your goals and
how you reached them in each of the four major areas, along with competing a
program reflection and submitting it for review.
Ready to get started? Go to Getting Started.